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Workshops set for gopher tortoise conservation

News Release

Friday, June 13, 2014

Media contact: Diane Hirth, 850-410-5291; Greg Workman, 352-620-7335;
Gary Morse, 864-648-3852

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 identify ways local governments can participate in protecting one of Florida’s threatened species.

Two workshops are scheduled in central Florida. Representatives from local governments in nearby counties are encouraged to attend.

Seminole County
Monday, June 30
9 a.m. – noon
Little Big Econ State Forest
1350 Snow Hill Road
Geneva, FL 32732

Polk County
Wednesday, July 2
9 a.m. – noon
Circle B Bar Reserve
4399 Winter Lake Road
Lakeland, FL 33803

The workshops are free, but registration is required, as space is limited. To register, please send your name and the name of your agency to

For more information, and to download the Gopher Tortoise Management Plan, visit and click on “Management Plan.”

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