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FWC July 20 workshop in Pasco County gives local governments ways to conserve gopher tortoises

News Release

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Media contact: Diane Hirth, 850-410-5291; Gary Morse, 863-648-3852

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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 20 workshop is scheduled in Pasco County in southwest Florida, with representatives of local governments in nearby counties encouraged to attend.

Pasco County
Wednesday, July 20
9 a.m. to noon
Upper Pithlachascotee River Preserve
17135 Minneola Drive
Spring Hill, FL 34610

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