Tuesday, August 8, 2017

SFWMD: Coming to the rescue again. This time to save Florida’s native, endangered Gopher Tortoises.

Most of you know about all the work the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) has done to save our Cape Sabal Seaside Sparrow.

Now there’s more news from the SFWMD. They’re stepping up to save our native Gopher Tortoises as well: see “Resolution No. 2017 - 0720” below.

To read more about our Gopher Tortoises here in the City of Lake Worth and in the County’s John Prince Park use this link.

CAUTION! Never put Gopher Tortoises in the water. They are NOT TURTLES! Gopher Tortoises will sink straight to the bottom and drown!
To learn more about the “Fort Basinger Gopher Tortoise Recipient Siteuse this link to watch the SFWMD Governing Board meeting on July 13th.

Resolution No. 2017 - 0720

“Declare surplus land interest containing 142.61 acres, more or less, in Highlands County, and authorizing the grant to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) of a conservation easement as a condition of the District obtaining a permit from FWC for the purpose of establishing the subject property as a gopher tortoise recipient site.”

Here is a helpful map from the SFWMD.
Click on image to enlarge:
To contact the SFWMD and say, “Thank You!use this link. Or if you wish, call 561-686-8800. The main headquarters is located at 3301 Gun Club Rd. in West Palm Beach.

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