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Workshop set for gopher tortoise conservation in central Florida

News Release

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Media contact: Diane Hirth, 850-410-5291

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is holding regional workshops to present information on opportunities for local governments to help conserve gopher tortoises in Florida.

The goal of these workshops is to identify ways cities and counties can participate in protecting one of Florida’s threatened species.

“Partnerships involving cities, counties and the FWC have led to wonderful projects to conserve gopher tortoises and their habitats,” said Alex Kalfin, Local Government Coordinator for the FWC’s Gopher Tortoise Management Program. “We look forward every year to our regional workshops, where representatives of local governments can find out how to get involved in gopher tortoise conservation.”

            A workshop is scheduled in central Florida. Representatives from local governments in nearby counties are encouraged to attend.

Highlands County

            Wednesday, July 22

            9 a.m. – noon

            Bert J. Harris Jr. Agricultural Center

            4509 George Blvd.

            Sebring, FL 33875

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

For more information, and to download the Gopher Tortoise Management Plan, visit and click on “Management Plan.”

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