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Workshop set for gopher tortoise conservation in northeast Florida

News Release

Tuesday, July 21, 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 counties and cities can participate in protecting one of Florida’s threatened species. In addition, the FWC will discuss financial incentives available for local governments.

“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.”

The next workshop is scheduled in northeast Florida. Representatives from local governments in nearby counties are encouraged to attend.

St. Johns County

Tuesday, July 28
9 a.m. – noon
Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve
505 Guana River Rd.
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082

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 Alex.Kalfin@MyFWC.com.

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



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