The first of four ‘Chat & Chews’ to be held in South Alabama this month which focus on gopher tortoise conservation efforts was conducted in Baldwin County on November 1. In attendance at this Stockton event were 36 landowners representing 16,100 acres of privately owned land. Attendees learned a great deal about tortoise biology and the necessity to obtain gopher tortoise population data to preclude the need to provide protection under the Endangered Species Act. Such surveys need to occur prior to the USFWS listing decision in 2022. Alabama Forestry Commission employees Rickey Fields, Ken Leslie, Bethany Elliott, and Ray Metzler coordinated the event, with assistance from the Alabama Department of Conservation & Natural Resources, the Gulf Coast RC&D Council, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Mark Bailey of Conservation Southeast.