Acquiring as much land as possible around the existing Allen Broussard Conservancy enables us to conserve and protect as much of native Florida as possible. To date, we have acquired nearly 90 percent of the available land around the conservancy. Acre by acre we hope to create a vast, absolute sanctuary for native plants and wildlife. With the land we have acquired we have achieved that end. There is no hunting or disturbing any of the wildlife or habitats on the Allen Broussard Conservancy. With the help of Forever Florida, our reach will extend and we will be able to carve out a sizeable area where guests can be educated about conservation and preservation. This understanding can inspire them to do what they can to protect their environment and be a part of something bigger than themselves.
Gopher tortoises live in extensive subterranean burrows in dry upland habitats. The habitats where gopher tortoises are found include longleaf pine sandhills, xeric oak hammocks, scrub, pine flatwoods, dry prairies, and coastal dunes. Tortoises can also live in man-made environments, such as pastures, old fields, and grassy roadsides. To be suitable for gopher tortoises, the habitat must have well-drained sandy soils for digging burrows, herbaceous food plants, and open sunny areas for nesting and basking. Periodic natural fires play an important role in maintaining tortoise habitat by opening up the canopy and promoting growth of herbaceous food plants. If natural fires are suppressed, habitats may become unsuitable for tortoises. Today, land managers use prescribed fire to maintain tortoise habitat.
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