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FWC June 18 workshop in Levy County encourages gopher tortoise conservation

Media contact: Jamie Rager, 850-251-2130; Karen Parker, 386-754-1294 Release Date: 06-10-2019   All Articles Tags:

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is holding regional workshops to present information on opportunities for local governments and private landowners to help conserve gopher tortoises in Florida.

The goal of these workshops is to encourage participation in gopher tortoise conservation at the local level by providing information that may assist participants with establishing a gopher tortoise recipient site. In addition, FWC staff will discuss financial incentives available to local governments and private landowners for habitat management.

A workshop hosted by the Friends of Withlacoochee Gulf Preserve is scheduled for June 18 in Levy County. Private landowners and representatives from local governments in nearby counties are encouraged to attend.

Levy County
Tuesday, June 18
9 a.m. – noon
Withlacoochee Gulf Preserve
1001 SE Old Rock Road, Yankeetown, FL 34498

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

The workshop is free, but registration is required as space is limited. Register for the workshop at, by typing “gopher tortoise” in the “Looking for” search.

For more information, go to to access the Gopher Tortoise Management Plan.