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FWC July 19 workshop in Citrus County gives local governments ways to conserve gopher tortoises

News Release

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Media contact: Diane Hirth, 850-410-5291; Karen Parker, 386-754-1294

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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 19 workshop is scheduled in Citrus County in north central Florida, with representatives of local governments in nearby counties encouraged to attend.

Citrus County
Tuesday, July 19
9 a.m. to noon
Lecanto Government Building
3600 W. Sovereign Path
Lecanto, FL 34461

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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