Wildlands Conservation evolved from another non-profit organization by the name of PEER, Inc. (Preserving the Environment through Ecological Research); PEER, Inc. was founded in 2003. PEER’s mission was focused on land management planning, research and restoration. In 2007 we expanded our focal areas and changed our name to Wildlands Conservation. We are a non-profit organization that focuses on conservation planning, land management, land protection, research, banking, education and outreach. We work on conservation projects throughout the state. The organization is under the leadership of its Executive Director and the Board of Directors.
Senior Staff
Senior Staff
Senior Staff
Senior Staff

David Sumpter, Executive Director – M.S. Fisheries and Wildlife Biology

Dave is a wildlife biologist that has professionally specialized in land management and applied wildlife research related to land management for most of the past two decades. He has personally authored over 30 land management plans and implemented these management plans on over 25 properties. He was previously responsible for managing all of Pinellas County’s preserves.

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Neal Halstead, Senior Ecologist – M.S., Ph.D. Integrative Biology

Neal is a community ecologist with 13 years of conservation experience in Florida. His academic areas of expertise are in experimental design and statistical analysis, with a focus on the interaction between agriculture and species conservation.

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Eric Sievers, Senior Ecologist – M.S. Biology

Eric is an ecologist with expertise in wildlife ecology, reintroduction biology, herpetology, listed species permitting, conservation biology, and geographic information systems (GIS). Previously a Gopher Tortoise Conservation Biologist with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), Eric managed all gopher tortoise issues for 12 southwest Florida counties.

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Tara Rambo, Ecologist – B.S. Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

Tara Rambo is an environmental ecologist here at Wildlands Conservation. She graduated with a B.S. in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation from the University of Florida and has experience in listed species surveys and monitoring, land management, and environmental outreach

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Kevin Love, Land Manager

A wildland manager in Florida since 1976, Kevin is accomplished in all aspects of ecological management including management planning, prescribed fire, exotics control, natural systems restoration, wildlife and habitat management, timber management, public recreation management and facilities maintenance. A certified prescribed burn manager with over 100,000 acres of prescribed burns completed. Adept at site triage, understanding management history effects on site condition and strategic management planning and implementation to achieve quality ecological results.