One of Florida’s best known environmental leaders, Florida Wildlife Federation Executive Director Manley Fuller, is leaving Florida for a new job in North Carolina.
Fuller has headed the Florida Widlife Federation for 32 years, and been at the forefront of most every Florida environmental battle to preserve the state’s natural resources, including fighting offshore oil drilling and fracking, passing the conservation land-buying initiatives, protecting endangered species like the Florida panther, and promoting wildlife crossings to prevent animals from being killed on highways. His organization often took to the courts to enforce environmental laws.
Fuller will return to his native North Carolina, where he will be Vice President for Conservation for the North Carolina Wildlife Federation.
“Together, we helped expand and link many outstanding conservation and recreational properties statewide,” Fuller wrote in a letter to supporters. “including the Big Cypress National Preserve, Osceola National Forest, St. Mark’s National Wildlife Refuge, Wakulla and other iconic springs across the state, North Key Largo and Topsail Hill State Parks, Tate’s Hell and Point Washington State Forests, and a number of State Wildlife Management Areas. FWF has been a consistent defender of public conservation properties when threatened by developmental political pressures.
“We have successfully protected many wetlands across the state by supporting regulatory programs and by modification of projects to eliminate or diminish destructive impacts. FWF has also been a strong advocate for the Coastal Barrier Resources system, which helps protect over 750,000 acres of Florida’s coast by removing federal subsidies from low-lying flood and storm water- vulnerable habitat.”