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Workshops set for gopher tortoise conservation

News Release

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Media contact: Judy Gillan, 850-591-5001

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will conduct regional workshops to present information on the management plan and permitting guidelines for gopher tortoises.

The goal of these workshops is to identify ways local governments can participate in protecting one of Florida's threatened species. In addition, presenters will introduce other FWC programs of interest to local governments.     

Scheduled for July 25, 26 and 27 are workshops in Palm Beach, Lee and Sarasota counties. Representatives from neighboring counties are encouraged to attend. The workshops are free, but registration is required as space is limited.

To register, please send your name and the name of your organization to Alexandra.Perryman@MyFWC.com.

Palm Beach County
Monday, July 25
9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Florida Department of Transportation
7900 Forest Hill Blvd.
West Palm Beach, FL 33413

Lee County
Tuesday, July 26
9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council
1926 Victoria Ave.
Fort Myers, FL 33901

Sarasota County
Wednesday, July 27
9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast
337 North Tamiami Trail (U.S. 41)
Osprey, FL 34229

Workshops will be held in Escambia and Suwannee counties in the coming weeks. For more information, visit MyFWC.com/GopherTortoise.



FWC Facts:
Red tides have been documented along Florida's Gulf coast since the 1840s and likely occurred earlier. Fish kills around Tampa Bay were mentioned in the logs of Spanish explorers.

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