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Charlotte workshop set for gopher tortoise conservation

News Release

Monday, June 17, 2013

Media contact: Diane Hirth, 850-410-5291

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will conduct regional workshops to present information on the revised 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, the FWC will discuss financial incentives available for local governments.

A July 16 workshop is scheduled in Charlotte County. Representatives from nearby counties in southwest Florida are encouraged to attend. The workshop is free, but registration is required, as space is limited.

To register, please send your name and the name of your organization to

Charlotte County
Tuesday, July 16, 1-4 p.m.
Charlotte County Government Center
Building and Construction Services Building
18400 Murdock Circle
Port Charlotte, FL 33948

Workshops will be held in additional counties in upcoming weeks. For more information, and to download the new Gopher Tortoise Management Plan, visit and click on “Management Plan.”

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