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Workshops set for gopher tortoise conservation

News Release

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Media contact: Judy Gillan, 850-591-5001

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will conduct regional workshops to present information on the management plan and permitting guidelines for gopher tortoises.

The goal of these workshops is to identify ways local governments can participate in protecting one of Florida's threatened species. In addition, presenters will introduce other FWC programs of interest to local governments.     

Scheduled for July 19 and 20 are workshops in Marion and Osceola counties. Representatives from neighboring counties are encouraged to attend. The workshops are free, but registration is required, as space is limited.

To register, please send your name and the name of your organization to

Marion County
Tuesday, July 19
1:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Marion County Library Headquarters
2720 East Silver Springs Blvd.
Ocala, FL 34470

Osceola County
Wednesday, July 20
9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Harmony Golf Preserve Clubhouse
7251 Five Oaks Drive
Harmony, FL 34771

Workshops will be in Palm Beach, Lee, Sarasota, Escambia and Suwannee counties in the coming weeks. For more information, visit

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