First Coast Expressway (FCX) Gopher Tortoise Relocation

First Coast Expressway (FCX) is one of the first projects in Florida to utilize a public-private partnership (P3) and will serve as a 46-mile system connector between I-10 and I-95.

As part of the project, RS&H worked with appropriate federal, state, and local entities to relocate nearly 200 gopher tortoises within the project limits to a protected area, representing one of the larger relocation efforts in Florida. Services included surveying, mapping, excavation, removal, and relocation.

The gopher tortoise is native to Florida and shares burrows with more than 350 other species. RS&H works to maintain secure and viable populations of gopher tortoises and other endangered and threatened species in jeopardy of becoming extinct as a result of human activity, such as land development. We have authorized agents permitted to trap, transport, and release target species. Together with our clients, RS&H has helped to decrease mortality of these key species.

Project Information

Location:
Northeast Florida

Client:
Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT)