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FWC June 19 workshop in Seminole County encourages gopher tortoise conservation

Media contact: Jamie Rager, 850-251-2130; Greg Workman, 352-620-7335 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 Seminole County is scheduled for June 19 in Geneva. Private landowners and representatives from local governments in nearby counties are encouraged to attend.

Seminole County
Wednesday, June 19
9 a.m. – noon
Geneva Wilderness Area
3485 N County Road 426, Geneva, FL 32732

“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.