DEP names Kelley Boree as State Lands Director

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The Florida Department of Environmental Protection named Former Jacksonville Director of Parks and Recreation Kelley Boree on Thursday as director of the Division of State Lands.

Boree will begin at the DEP on May 16.

“Kelley’s vast work experience and knowledge of both the public and private sector is going to prove invaluable to the department,” said DEP Deputy Secretary for Land and Recreation Katy Fenton. “Her commitment to Florida’s parks and extensive background with land acquisitions make her the ideal candidate for this position.”

Boree served four years with the City of Jacksonville, where she has served as Director of Parks and Recreation, overseeing one of Florida’s largest park systems.

As a current member of the Acquisition and Restoration Council, Boree is involved in the process of evaluation, selection and ranking of state land-acquisition projects in the Florida Forever priority list.

A graduate of Williams Woods College with a degree in Business Administration. Boree is Certified Park & Recreation Professional, as well as an active member of the Florida Recreation and Parks Association, and the National Recreation and Parks Association.

During her 10-year career in city government, on of the most successful projects under Boree’s watch was the Timucuan Trails State and National Parks, a collaboration between the Florida Park Service, National Park Service and the City of Jacksonville.

Timucuan Trails became a national model of the effective linking of federal, state and local public lands to provide a seamless experience for park visitors.

“Kelley Boree has been a great advocate for public lands who I have had the great fortune to work with for many years,” said St. Johns Riverkeeper Lisa Rinaman. “She is a fantastic choice, and I know she will bring her passion and dedication to this important position to celebrate and protect public lands for Floridians and our environment.”

Boree’s new role will be to ensure state lands are accessible to all citizens while protecting the natural resources — the primary purpose of parkland acquirement.

“Kelley will be a great asset to the state of Florida,” said Timucuan Trail Parks Foundation executive director Maria Mark. “Kelley’s leadership in our parks department, particularly with regard to Preservation Parks, has greatly benefited Northeast Florida, and she will be missed. But we are fortunate to have someone with her experience in Tallahassee.”

Boree’s appointment is subject to approval by the Board of Trustees of the state Internal Improvement Trust Fund.

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