Forest Conservation Has a New Poster Child: The Gopher Tortoise

The imperiled reptile will benefit from a plan to help landowners preserve America’s disappearing long-leaf pine trees.

by John R. Platt

Gopher tortoises, which are listed as threatened by the federal
government, are native to the Southeastern United States, where they
have made their home in a unique, sandy ecosystem called the longleaf
pine forest

These forests, which once covered more than 90 million
acres across the Southeast, have all but disappeared. Today, after more
than 200 years of development, only about 3 percent of historic longleaf
pine forests remain. 

Most of the longleaf forest that still stands—including more than 80
percent of gopher tortoise habitat—exists on privately held lands. To
help both species, the U.S. Department of Agriculture this month
launched a strategy to provide landowners with the tools and resources they need to restore and enhance their pine forests…

(read more: TakePart.org)

photographs via: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service


Temperature took a 20° dive while we were out of the house so we rushed home to bring Merlin inside.
He is Displeased.
But now he’s snuggling on Mommy’s lap under her sweater. So he’s much happier now. He’s gonna be Displeased when she has to get up and go to bed in a few minutes.

What do you mean get up and go to bed! I’m in bed, human! shhhh I’m sleeping. 

I made sure birthday bear was here for snuggles!The message looks right...HAPPY BIRTHDAY WAFFLES!!!


Dear @wafflesworld  

So sorry we are late with birthday wishes! I couldn’t decide what to get you but I wanted it to be perfect! I finally asked humom what the best birthday present she ever got was and she said it was me! So…

Happy birthday waffles! I got you me! Heee!! We wish you all the snuggles and noms In the world ( well… you’ll share right?) 

Lots of love,

 Zoya Pants (and humom)