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FWC workshop October 18 in Sarasota County encourages gopher tortoise conservation

Gopher Tortoise
Media contact: Jamie Rager, 850-404-6104 Release Date: 10-07-2019   All Articles Tags:

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 encourage participation in gopher tortoise conservation at the local level by providing information that may assist participants with establishing local gopher tortoise protection policies. In addition, the FWC will discuss financial incentives available to local governments for habitat management.

A workshop hosted by the City of North Port is scheduled for Oct. 18 at the Morgan Family Community Center. Representatives from local governments in nearby counties are encouraged to attend.

City of North Port
Friday, October 18
9 a.m. – noon
Morgan Family Community Center
6207 W. Price Blvd., North Port, FL 34291

“The purpose of this regional workshop is to encourage 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 EventBrite.com, by typing “gopher tortoise” in the “Looking for” search.

For more information, go to MyFWC.com/GopherTortoise to access the Gopher Tortoise Management Plan.