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FWC Aug. 18 workshop in Sebastian gives local governments ways to conserve gopher tortoises

News Release

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Media contact: Diane Hirth, 850-410-5291; Greg Workman, 352-620-7335

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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is holding regional workshops this summer 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. In addition, the FWC will discuss financial incentives available for local governments.

            An Aug. 18 workshop is scheduled in Sebastian in northeast Florida, with representatives of local governments in nearby counties encouraged to attend.

City of Sebastian

Thursday, Aug. 18
9 a.m. to noon
Sebastian City Hall Council Chambers
1225 Main Street
Sebastian, FL 32958 

The workshop is free, but registration is required as space is limited. To register, send your name and your organization’s name to

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

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