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FWC workshop in St. Lucie County encourages local governments to conserve gopher tortoises

News Release

Monday, July 17, 2017

Media contact: Diane Hirth, 850-410-5291; Carol Lyn Parrish, 850-556-2269

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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 27 in St. Lucie County. Representatives from local governments in nearby counties are encouraged to attend.

City of Port St. Lucie
Thursday, July 27
9 a.m. – noon
City of Port St. Lucie Government Building
Building B, Building Department Training Room
121 SW Port St. Lucie Blvd.
Port St. Lucie, FL 34984

“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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