Steering Committee

Chair: Ernie Cox

Vice-Chair: currently vacant

Ernie Cox, current acting Chair of the PFLCC Steering Committee, is President of Family Lands Remembered, LLC, a strategic consulting company focused on the protection of Florida’s environmental, cultural and agricultural resources, using creative conservation, land planning and market-based incentive strategies. 

Ernie works with landowners, progressive community developers, government, conservation organizations and others to create and implement plans for large-scale conservation planning and appropriate sustainable development. 

Prior to founding Family Lands Remembered, Ernie was a practicing attorney for more than 15 years with the Gunster law firm. He was a shareholder and chaired the firm's Conservation, Stewardship and Rural Development group. 

Steering Committee members:

  • Barry Rosen – Biologist, US Geological Survey

  • Bill Miller - Project Leader, Everglades Headwaters National Wildlife Refuge Complex

  • Brent Bonner – Environmental Flight Chief, GS-13, USAF

  • Brian Branciforte – Leader, Florida’s Wildlife Legacy Initiative, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

  • Carol L Mitchell – Deputy Director Science, Everglades National Park (NPS)

  • Charles Shinn – Director Government & Community Affairs, Florida Farm Bureau Federation

  • Chris Kelble – NOAA Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory

  • Cynthia Dohner – Regional Director, US Fish & Wildlife Service

  • Dennis David – Southeast Conservation Programs Advisor, National Wildlife Refuge Association

  • Ernie Cox, Chair – President, Family Lands Remembered

  • Gary Knight – Director, Florida Natural Areas Inventory, Florida State University

  • George Wilson – The Conservation Fund

  • Gintautas Zavadzkas – Acting Director, Fish and Wildlife Department, Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida

  • Greg Galpin – Senior Planning Manager, Plum Creek

  • Huiwei Shen – Intergovernmental Administrator, Florida Department of Transportation

  • Jessica Graham – Coordinator, Southeast Aquatic Resources Partnership

  • Jimmy Gainey – Wildlife Biologist, US Forest Service

  • John Browne – Florida Forest Service

  • Jonathan Oetting – Conservation Planner, Florida Natural Areas Inventory

  • Julie Morris – National Wildlife Refuge Association

  • Kristina Serbesoff-King – Acting Director of Conservation, The Nature Conservancy FL

  • Larame Ferry – External Affairs Coordinator, Florida Forest Service

  • Leonard Pearlstine - Landscape Ecologist, National Park Service, Everglades National Park

  • Leonard Rawlings – Eastern Regional Hydrologist, DOI: Bureau of Indian Affairs

  • Martin B. Main - Associate Dean and Program Leader, Extension Natural Resources; Associate Director, Florida Sea Grant Extension; University of Florida

  • Mary Oakley – Watershed Coordinator, Center for Landscape Conservation Planning, University of Florida

  • Michael Bush – Statewide Biologist/Acting Statewide Forester/LGBT Special Emphasis Program manager, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

  • Mike Allen – Director, Nature Coast Biological Station

  • Mike Branch – Director of Operations & Regulatory Affairs, Florida Forestry Association

  • Scott Sanders – Director, Office of Conservation Planning Services, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

  • Thomas Eason – Director, Division of Habitat and Species Conservation,  Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

  • Todd Davison –  Director, Southern Region NOAA Office for Coastal Programs

  • Tom Hoctor – Director, Center for Landscape Conservation Planning, Department of Landscape Architecture, University of Florida

  • W Ray Scott – Conservation & Water Policy Federal Programs Coordinator, Office of Agricultural Water Policy, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

  • William B. Uihlein – Assistant Regional Director, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Science Applications

  • William VanGelder – Land Management Supervisor, Southwest Florida Water Management District


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