FWC workshop in St. Lucie County promotes gopher turtle conservation

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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is hosting a regional workshop to present information on opportunities for local governments to help conserve gopher tortoises and other state-listed species in St. Lucie County .

The objective of this workshop is to encourage participation in gopher turtle conservation at the local level by providing information that could help participants establish local policies for the protection of the gopher turtle. In addition, the FWC will discuss how local policies can contribute to the conservation of other state-listed species and provide information on financial incentives available to local governments for habitat management.

The September 29 workshop will be hosted by the City of Port St. Lucie at Port St. Lucie City Hall. Local government representatives from neighboring counties are encouraged to attend.

City of Port Saint Lucie
Thursday, September 29
9 a.m. – noon
Town Hall of the City of Port St. Lucie
121 southwest, boul. Port Saint Lucie. Build a
Port St. Lucie, FL 34984

“The purpose of this regional workshop is to encourage local governments to partner with us in the conservation of gopher tortoises, a state-listed endangered species whose burrows provide shelter to hundreds of other native species, including the species most needed for conservation,” said Amanda Mills, Local Government Coordinator for the FWC Wildlife Diversity Conservation Section.

The workshop is free but registration is required as places are limited. Register for the workshop on EventBrite.com, by typing “gopher tortoise” in the “Looking for” search.

For more information, go to MyFWC.com/GopherTortoise to access the Gopher Tortoise Management Plan.

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