DEP Appoints Key Land and Recreation Leadership

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DEP Appoints Key Land and Recreation Leadership

~Barbara Goodman, 33-year veteran of the National Park Service, appointed as DEP’s Deputy Secretary for Land and Recreation~

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Noah Valenstein today announced the appointment of Barbara Goodman as DEP’s Deputy Secretary for Land and Recreation. Goodman will oversee DEP’s Division of Recreation and Parks, including Florida’s 175 state parks and Office of Greenways and Trails, the Division of State Lands, and the Office of Cabinet Affairs.

“I’m thrilled to have Barbara on the DEP team,” said Secretary Noah Valenstein. “Her extensive background in leading the National Park Service, and most recently, international consulting for park planning and tourism will be a major resource to our agency, focusing on the protection of Florida’s prized properties through the management of our world-renowned state parks system and land acquisition and conservation.”

“Florida is home to some of the most beautiful natural resources in the world,” said Deputy Secretary for Land and Recreation Barbara Goodman. “It is an honor to join DEP and be a part of the department’s commitment to protecting, restoring and maintaining Florida’s prized properties.”

Goodman brings more than three decades of expertise in resource protection and leadership to the department. She most recently served as an international consultant for park planning and tourism in Columbia and Peru. Additionally, Goodman previously held positions with national and international park agencies and served as Chair of the Board of Directors for the Timucuan Trail Parks Foundation, a non-profit foundation which seeks to protect, preserve and promote the natural, cultural and tourism resources of Jacksonville and Northeast Florida.