Saturday, June 16, 2018

SFWMD: Once again. Coming to the rescue of a treasured native species.

Now the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) has stepped up to save our native Gopher Tortoises as well: see “Resolution No. 2017-0720” below.

Click on this link to learn more about our Gopher Tortoises here in the City of Lake Worth and in the County’s John Prince Park too.

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 last year.

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:
Click on this link to contact SFWMD and say, “Thank You!Please be patient waiting for a response. SFWMD is very busy right now trying to find blue-green algae with levels of toxin above what the WHO considers a health concern (10 parts per billion) in the St. Lucie Estuary and the waterways. It’s very difficult work.