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GAINESVILLE, FL. 4/28/09-GOPHERHOME CH1-Rob Hicks, wildlife biologist with Plum Creek, holds a mature male Gopher Tortoise prior to releasing it into it's permanent new home Tuesday on the Lochloosa Conservation Easement south of Gainesville. The Plum Creek property is the first site permitted under new regulations to protect the threatened species. The first four residents were welcomed Tuesday to a 570-acre site that will eventually be home to 1,781 Gopher Tortoises.  ..COLIN HACKLEY PHOTO