Planning for Conservation, Restoration and Growth in the Florida Panhandle

1000 Friends of Florida


Monday, October 22, 2012
9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. EDT

Walton County, FL, United States

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This day-long workshop will focus on planning for conservation, restoration and growth in the Panhandle of Florida. Topics include changes to Florida's growth management law, greenways and trails projects in Northwest Florida, terrestrial and hydrological features and their implications for planning, sector planning, and road and infrastructure planning in the Panhandle. The event is being held at the E.O. Wilson Biohphilia Center in Walton County, Florida.

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Jim Muller

Confirmed Speaker

Jim Muller, principal of Muller and Associates, Inc. (MAI), has worked with federal, state, and regional governments; private corporations; and non-profit organizations for more than 25 years. His experience includes natural resources, comprehensive planning, coastal issues, conservation land acquisition and planning, biodiversity, and data management, including spatial data. Jim has ... Read More

John Wayne Smith

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John Wayne has been lobbying for local governments since 1989. He joined the League of Cities in August of 1999. John Wayne is a graduate of Florida State University (1988). Read More

Charles Pattison

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Charles is responsible to the Board for the day-to-day administration of the 1000 Friends' office which includes working with Florida's citizens and communities. He also works with the state's executive and legislative branches on land use and long range planning issues. Prior to coming to 1000 Friends, he ... Read More

Jim Wood

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Jim Wood is Chief, Office of Greenways and Trails, Division of Recreation and Parks, Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Jim has been on the Executive Board of the American Trails Board of Directors since 2004, after he served as Program Chair for the National Trails Symposium with American Trails in ... Read More

Paul Johnson

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Paul Johnson is an Environmental Planning Consultant. He is staff consultant to the EPA Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force at Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Consultant at Ocean Conservancy, Consultant at Reef Relief. Previously, a consultant at Natural Resources Defense Council and a Senior Policy Analyst at Governor's ... Read More

Beckie Cato

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Beckie Cato has served as the Director of Planning, Zoning, and Community Development in Santa Rosa County for the last 10 years. She has 20 years of planning experience in the Florida panhandle, most of which has been with the public sector. She received her degree in Environmental Resource Management ... Read More

D. Bruce Means

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D. Bruce Means, Ph. D. isExecutive Director of the Coastal Plains Institute and Land Conservancy, a nonprofit organization he and others founded in 1984 that is dedicated to conserving the rich biodiversity--and elevating public awareness and appreciation--of the vast Coastal Plain of the southeastern United States. He is an Adjunct ... Read More

George Willson

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Willson is a conservationist working with private landowners under Willson Consulting, LLC. Previously, he was corporate vice president of conservation lands for St. Joe Company since 1999. Willson worked with state and federal agencies, conservation groups, corporations, and individuals to develop strategies for St. Joe's landholdings with conservation significance ... Read More

Harry Reed

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Harry Reed is Director of the Capitol Region Transportation Planning Agency, Tallahassee and is responsible for long range transportation planning for a four county area. Harry has 40 years in the transportation field. Mr. Reed has been involved with a number of special activities, during this time, including coordinating transportation ... Read More

Richard Hilsenbeck

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Richard Hilsenbeck is Associate Director of Protection with the Florida Chapter of The Nature Conservancy. Hilsenbeck has more than 30 years of experience in conservation biology, including 16 years with The Nature Conservancy. He earned a Ph.D. in Botany at the University of Texas at Austin and was a ... Read More