Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Governor Charlie Crist and the Florida Cabinet today confirmed the appointment of Deborah Poppell by Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary Michael W. Sole as DEP’s Director of the Division of State Lands.
“Deborah is an asset to our agency and a compelling environmental steward,” said DEP Secretary Sole. “Her strong experience in real estate is a valuable resource as we continue to preserve environmentally-sensitive land, especially with Florida Forever, the largest and most successful land-buying initiative in the nation.”
As DEP’s Division of State Lands Director, Poppell oversees the operations of the bureaus of Appraisal, Public Land Administration, Land Acquisition, Invasive Plant Management, Survey and Mapping and the Office of Environmental Services. Under Florida Forever and its predecessor, Preservation 2000, the state has acquired more than 2.3 million acres of land for conservation.
Poppell has served as Acting Director of the Division of State Lands for DEP since January 2007. She served in several different roles with the agency for nearly 11 years. Prior to joining DEP, Poppell was a realtor for more than a decade and is involved in the Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce.
The Department of Environmental Protection protects, conserves and manages Florida’s natural resources, implements the Governor’s climate change initiatives and enforces the state’s environmental laws. In addition to managing Florida’s award-winning state park system, the Department also conserves environmentally-sensitive land, restores waterways and preserves important cultural and historical resources through the 10-year, $3 billion Florida Forever program. Together with the South Florida Water Management District, DEP is implementing the state-federal partnership to restore America’s Everglades - the largest environmental restoration project in the history of the world.
For more information, visit www.dep.state.fl.us.
Press Release - Florida DEP
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