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February 21, 2007
Contact: Don Finefrock,
Executive Director
Noted Conservationist J. Allison DeFoor II joins
The South Florida National Parks Trust

J. Allison DeFoor II has joined the board of the South Florida National Parks Trust, a local fund of the National Park Foundation. Mr. DeFoor is a seventh-generation Floridian and noted conservationist who has enjoyed successful careers as a lawyer, politician and environmental policy-maker.

As the Everglades and Environmental Policy Coordinator for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush from 1999 to 2000, Mr. DeFoor helped to broker the landmark agreement between the federal government and the state of Florida that launched an $8 billion effort to restore the Everglades.

Mr. DeFoor currently serves as the state coordinator for EarthBalance, an environmental services company with offices in North Port and Tallahassee, Fla.

Mr. DeFoor is former president of the Florida Keys Land & Sea Trust and has served on the Governor’s Growth Management Study Commission, the South Florida Ecosystem Restoration Task Force, the Florida Keys Marine Sanctuary Advisory Committee and the board of the Florida Audubon Society.

The former Monroe County Sheriff was the Republican nominee for Florida lieutenant governor in 1990. He currently serves as the vice chair of the Republican Party of Florida.

Mr. DeFoor is a graduate of the University of South Florida and the College of Law at Stetson University. He holds a doctorate of ministry from the South Florida Center for Theological Studies. Mr. DeFoor and his wife Terry White have three children and live in Wakulla Springs.

The South Florida National Parks Trust was established in 2002 by the National Park Foundation to improve the quality of life in South Florida by supporting the region’s national parks.