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FWC June 20 workshop in St. Lucie County encourages gopher tortoise conservation

Media contact: Jamie Rager, 850-251-2130; Carol Lyn Parrish, 561-882-5709 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 St. Lucie County is scheduled for June 20 in Fort Pierce. Private landowners and representatives from local governments in nearby counties are encouraged to attend.

St. Lucie County
Thursday, June 20
1 – 4 p.m.
Lakewood Park Branch Library
7605 Santa Barbara Drive, Ft. Pierce, FL 34951

“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.