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Workshop set for gopher tortoise conservation

News Release

Friday, June 13, 2014

Media contact: Diane Hirth, 850-410-5291; Katie Johnson, 561-882-5709

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.

A July 14 workshop is scheduled in Martin County. Representatives from local governments in nearby counties are encouraged to attend.

Martin County
Monday, July 14, 2014
9 a.m. – noon
Jonathan Dickinson State Park
16450 SE Federal Highway
Hobe Sound, FL 33455

The workshop is 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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