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FWC June 27 workshop in Palm Bay encourages gopher tortoise conservation


Palm Bay - Tuesday June 18, 2024: 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 and other state-listed species in Florida.

The workshop is free, but registration is required as space is limited. Register for the workshop.

The goal of these workshops is to encourage participation in gopher tortoise conservation at the local level by providing information that could assist participants with establishing local gopher tortoise protection policies. Additionally, the FWC will discuss how local policies can assist in conserving other state-listed species and will provide information on financial incentives available to local governments for habitat management.

A workshop hosted by the City of Palm Bay is scheduled for June 27 at the Palm Bay Council Chambers. Representatives from local governments in nearby counties are encouraged to attend.

City of Palm Bay

Thursday, June 27

9 a.m.– noon

Palm Bay Council Chambers

120 Malabar Rd SW, Palm Bay, FL 32907

“The purpose of this regional workshop is to encourage local governments to be our partners in conservation for gopher tortoises, a threatened species whose burrows provide shelter to hundreds of other native species and other Species of Greatest Conservation Need,” said Amanda Mills, local government coordinator for the FWC’s Wildlife Diversity Conservation Section.

For more information, go to to access the Gopher Tortoise Management Plan.