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FWC workshop July 12 in Walton County gives local governments ways to conserve gopher tortoises

News Release

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Media contact: Diane Hirth 850-410-5291; Bekah Nelson, 850-767-3619

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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.

A July 12 workshop is scheduled in Walton County in northwest Florida, with representatives of local governments in nearby counties encouraged to attend.

Walton County
Tuesday, July 12
9 a.m. to noon CDT
Walton County Extension Office
732 N. Ninth St.
Defuniak Springs, FL 32433

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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