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FWC June 21 workshop in Manatee County encourages gopher tortoise conservation

Media contact: Jamie Rager, 850-251-2130; Melody Kilborn, 863-648-3852 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 Manatee County is scheduled for June 21 in Parrish. Private landowners and representatives from local governments in nearby counties are encouraged to attend.

Manatee County
Friday, June 21
9 a.m. – noon
Duette Preserve
2649 Rawls Road, Parrish, FL 34219

“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.