Joel DeAngelis, Land Manager. B.S. Environmental Science and Policy.
Joel joined Wildlands Conservation in October 2018 and has a B.S. from the University of South Florida. He spent the previous 17 years as a Senior Land Management Specialist with the Southwest Florida Water Management District in Brooksville and Tampa where he managed over 86,000 acres of public conservation land including tracts in Citrus, Sumter, Pasco, Hillsborough, Highlands, Polk, Lake, Marion, Hernando, Manatee, Sarasota, and DeSoto counties. In this capacity, he was directly involved in all aspects of conservation lands management including: prescribed burning and wildfire suppression, upland and wetland enhancement and restoration, resource monitoring, exotic plant and animal control, land use planning, revenue generation (including cattle leases, silviculture operations, and apiary leases), conservation easement monitoring, interagency coordination, public outreach, and permitting.
Joel has been a burn boss for 17 years with over 50,000 acres of burns bossed in eight west-central Florida counties and over 100,000 acres of burning participated in overall. He has conducted prescribed burns in nearly every west-central Florida natural community. He has been awarded numerous Florida Forest Service (FFS) certificates for advanced training in prescribed fire, wildfire suppression, and equipment operation. Joel has extensive experience in all facets of prescribed burning in the wildland-urban interface (WUI) including: burn planning, prescribed burn operations, communications, monitoring, and public outreach. With a diverse ecological background, he placed a strong emphasis on conducting prescribed burns that maximized benefits to natural communities and wildlife, including imperiled species such as the Florida scrub-jay. Joel has also conducted joint training and prescribed burns with the Florida Forest Service, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Hillsborough County, and Pasco County to achieve wildfire risk reduction, meet management goals, promote inter-agency cooperation, and to contribute to county-wide environmental education efforts.