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FWC workshop in Brevard County encourages local governments to conserve gopher tortoises

News Release

Monday, July 17, 2017

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 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 conserving one of Florida’s threatened species. In addition, the FWC will discuss financial incentives available for local governments.

A workshop is scheduled for July 26 in Brevard County. Representatives from local governments in nearby counties are encouraged to attend.

Brevard County
Wednesday, July 26
9 a.m. – noon
Brevard County Government Center, Building C, First Floor Commission Room
2725 Judge Fran Jamieson Way
Viera, FL 32940

“The purpose of this regional workshop is to encourage cities and counties to be our partners in conserving gopher tortoises, a threatened species whose spacious burrows provide shelter to hundreds of other native species,” said Alex Kalfin, local government coordinator for the FWC’s Gopher Tortoise Management Program. 

The workshop is free, but registration is required as space is limited. To register, send your name and the organization you represent to Alex.Kalfin@MyFWC.com.

For more information, go to MyFWC.com/GopherTortoise to access the Gopher Tortoise Management Plan.



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