Noted expert on gopher tortoises Ray Ashton dies

Ray E. Ashton, a noted expert on gopher tortoises who operated a research and conservation facility in Archer, died Thursday. He was 64.

Ashton was chief executive officer of the Ashton Biodiversity Research and Preservation Institute, a 200-acre preserve near Watermelon Pond in southwestern Alachua County.

The preserve includes an office, lab, library, herbarium, wet-lab facilities, limited researcher/student housing, tortoise isolation and breeding facilities, and a diversity of native upland and wetland habitats.

Ashton served on a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission panel that helped draft guidelines for the protection of gopher tortoises, classified as a threatened species.

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About Candace M Hansen

Wildlife advocate, conservationist and environmentalist.
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One Response to Noted expert on gopher tortoises Ray Ashton dies

  1. JD Hartzel says:

    Great man and great asset to gopher tortoise conservation RIP

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