Our Mission: of the Gophers@Barefoot Project is to restore and enhance the habitat for Gopher tortoises at the Barefoot Beach Preserve.
We accomplish this by simulating fire, research, preparing educational material and resources for visitors to understand and value the role of Gopher tortoises at Barefoot Beach Preserve.
Gopher tortoises live many years. They are listed as a “threatened” species in Florida primarily due to loss of habitat. They are in direct competition with humans since they use the same habitat to live as we do to build.
The Preserve is located just off Bonita Beach Road at the end of the Barefoot Beach Blvd. (You drive about 2.5 miles on cobblestone road through an area with multi-million dollar homes first).
History (Reverse Chronology)
The project continues to flourish with the help of a number of partners:
- Dolphin transportation.
- Florida Wildflowers Growers Cooperative with member Ryan Brown of Everglades Restoration Seed and Everglades Wildflowers.
- Sandhill Native Growers Inc. & Environmental Services with Chris Holly.
- FGCU Eagles Connect
Here are several amazing you tube videos, filmed on-location, prepared by Jill Kusba, a DVM who frequents the Preserve.