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Nassau Co. workshop set for gopher tortoise conservation

News Release

Monday, June 17, 2013

Media contact: Diane Hirth, 850-410-5291

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will conduct regional workshops to present information on the revised 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, the FWC will discuss financial incentives available for local governments.

A workshop in Nassau County is scheduled for July 9. Representatives from nearby counties in northeast Florida are encouraged to attend. The workshop is free, but registration is required, as space is limited.

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

Nassau County
Tuesday, July 9, 1-4 p.m.
Fort Clinch Visitor Center Community Room
2601 Atlantic Ave.
Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

Workshops will be held in other counties in upcoming weeks. For more information, and to download the new Gopher Tortoise Management Plan, visit and click on “Management Plan.”

FWC Facts:
Burrowing owls nest in burrows often also occupied by gopher tortoises.

Learn More at AskFWC