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ARC Members Highlights

ARC Council Members

Jonathon P. Steverson

Jonathon P. Steverson, Chairman, Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection

  • Gary Clark, Deputy Secretary for Land and Recreation, has been designated by Secretary Jonathon P. Steverson to represent the Department of Environmental Protection on ARC and to serve as Chairperson.

William Palmer

William Palmer, President of the Tall Timbers Research Station, an organization dedicated to wildlife research and conservation activity. He has degrees in zoology and wildlife sciences, and has been working to restore grassland habitats on 100,000 acres of public land in Florida. He is the author of many papers on the environment of bobwhite, wild turkeys, and on the effects of prescribed burning for Southern forests.

Nick Wiley

Nick Wiley, Executive Director of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). He is responsible for the management of the FWC and serves a seven-member Commission that has rule-making authority. He has over 22 years of professional experience in fish and wildlife management, mostly in Florida. He has served in a leadership capacity in various FWC programs including alligator management, small-game management and conservation lands management. Mr. Wiley has a Bachelor of Science Degree in biology from Georgia Southern University and a Master of Science Degree in Wildlife Science from Auburn University. 

  • Mr. Eric Sutton, Deputy Executive Director, has been designated by Director Wiley to represent the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission on ARC.

Jim Karels

Jim Karels, Director of the Florida Forest Service. This position oversees all wildland fire and land management activities within the Florida Forest Service. He is a 1984 graduate of the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Science degree in Forest Management. Jim has more than 27 years experience in wildfire response and land management with the U.S. Forest Service and the Florida Forest Service.

Timothy Parsons

Dr. Timothy Parsons is a cultural resources management professional and archaeologist who has worked in the field since 2003. He completed his Ph.D. and M.A. in Anthropology at Florida State University, and received an undergraduate degree in Sociology and Anthropology at Millsaps College. Dr. Parsons is a Registered Professional Archaeologist and a member of the Society for American Archaeology and the Southeastern Archaeological Conference. Before his appointment as Division Director and State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO), he served as the Division’s Deputy SHPO and Supervisor of Federal and State Compliance and Review. Prior to joining the Division, he spent six years with the National Park Service Southeast Archaeological Center, and previously worked as the cultural and historical programs manager for the Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship in northern Virginia.

Lynetta Usher Griner

Lynetta Usher Griner, Officer of the Usher Land and Timber Company in Chiefland. She has been an attorney for 28 years, leaving private practice to work for her family timber business. She gained valuable experience in land-management issues as a former member of the Governing Board of the Suwannee River Water Management District. She has also worked with Friends of Fanning Springs, a citizen-support organization for Fanning Springs State Park. Plus, she was also a member of the Florida Forever Advisory Council, which evaluated Florida Forever projects when the program was set up as a replacement for Preservation 2000.

Elva Peppers

Elva Peppers is president of FELSI, Florida Environmental & Land Services, Inc., assisting private clients, municipalities, and agencies to develop permittable and sustainable projects. Ms. Peppers held positions with FDEP and two private environmental consulting firms, and has 25 years of experience in the environmental field. She graduated from FSU with a degree in biology.

Jack Vogel

Jack Vogel, President, Natural Resource Planning Services, Inc. He started his consulting forestry firm in 1974 and has been working as a forester since receiving a Bachelor of Science in Forestry at the University of Florida in 1969. During his professional career he has served as President of the Florida Forestry Association, Chair of the Pasco County Soil and Water Conservation District, and member of the Withlacoochee River Basin Board of the Southwest Florida Water Management District. He has worked in all aspects of forestry, including timber inventories, appraisals, acquisition, prescribed burning and forest management.

Maurice "Mo" Pearson

Maurice "Mo" Pearson, President and Principal-In-Charge of Ecological Services of 3E Consultants, Inc. (3E). His core competencies are in the areas of Section 404 Dredge and Fill Permitting, Environmental Resource Permitting (ERP), Wildlife and Habitat Analysis, Wetland Evaluation Reports (WER), Endangered Species Biological Assessments (ESBA), Environmental Assessment (EA), Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), Agency coordination, and Project Development and Environmental (PD&E) Study documentation. Mr. Pearson's 19 year career has included employment opportunities with the St. Johns River Water Management District and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. A Florida native and resident of Orange County, Florida, he has served on the Urban Design Commission, Environmental Protection Commission, GreenPLACE and Environmental Streamlining Taskforce. 

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