Thursday, May 26, 2022

Local Governments Encouraged to Conserve Gopher Tortoises

Photo Courtesy of FWC

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.

A workshop is scheduled for August 7 from 9 AM to noon at the Collier County Growth Management Department, located at 2800 N. Horseshoe Drive, Naples.

The goal of these workshops is to identify ways cities and counties can participate in conserving one of Florida’s threatened species. In addition, the FWC will discuss financial incentives available for local governments. Representatives from local governments in nearby counties are also encouraged to attend.

“The purpose of this regional workshop is to encourage cities and counties to be our partners in conserving gopher tortoises, a threatened species whose spacious 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. To register, send your name and the organization you represent to

For more information visit Tortoise to access the Gopher Tortoise Management Plan.

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