Management Committee Members

At Wekiva Wild and Scenic, our success is deeply rooted in the collaborative efforts of various management committee member agencies and participating organizations who share our commitment to preserving the pristine beauty and ecological vitality of the Wekiva River basin. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to these dedicated agencies, as their unwavering support, expertise, and tireless efforts in stewarding the Wekiva River System have been instrumental in maintaining its natural splendor for current and future generations. We are profoundly thankful for their invaluable partnership and dedication to the conservation and protection of this cherished wilderness.

Friends of the Wekiva River

Since 1982 the Friends of the Wekiva River, Inc., has worked to protect, preserve, and restore the natural functions and beauty of the Wekiva River system. As a result of their leadership and the cooperation of our river partners, the Wekiva is designated a Florida Outstanding Water, a Florida Canoe Trail, an Aquatic Preserve, and a National Wild and Scenic River with over 70,000 acres of state-protected lands in the basin.

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Aquatic Preserve Alliance of Central Florida

Established in 2016, the Aquatic Preserve Alliance of Central Florida is a citizen support organization for the Wekiva – Middle St. Johns Aquatic Preserve.

East Central Florida Regional Planning Council

Established in 1962 as an area-wide association of governments, the ECFRPC is represented by 32 Council Members and a skilled staff that provides technical assistance to governments and organizations within the 8-County East Central Florida region.

Florida Department of Environmental Protection – Aquatic Preserve

Aquatic preserves — dotted up and down Florida’s coastline — offer a window into the state’s natural and cultural heritage. In 1975, with growing appreciation for their environmental diversity and alluring beauty, Florida enacted the Aquatic Preserve Act. This ensures the continuation of aquatic preserves’ natural conditions so “their aesthetic, biological and scientific values may endure for the enjoyment of future generations.”

Florida Department of Environmental Protection – Parks

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is the state’s lead agency for environmental management and stewardship, protecting our air, water and land.

Audubon Florida

Audubon Florida operates as a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization, and their mission is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth’s biological diversity.

City of Altamonte

Altamonte Springs is a city born of innovation, fiscal responsibility and progressive ideas. The City has worked hard over the years to remain debt free while maintaining one of the lowest tax rates in Florida. City leadership, staff, residents and local businesses share a vision of making Altamonte Springs the best place in Central Florida to live, work, raise a family, earn a degree, seek medical care, build a business and more.

City of Apopka

The Apopka area of Northwest Orange County is home to rich lands, many lakes, and abundant water from two large springs – Rock Springs and Clay Springs (now named Wekiwa) – as well as the accessibility to the St. John’s waterway via the Wekiwa River.

City of Longwood

The city’s mission is to foster citizen trust by practicing open, accountable, and responsive government; providing quality core services; promoting long-term prosperity; encouraging smart growth in harmony with the City’s unique heritage and urban surroundings; strengthening the City’s standing as a preeminent destination for commercial endeavors; and promoting livability by enhancing and protecting our neighborhoods.

National Park Service

Since 1916, the National Park Service has been entrusted with the care of our national parks. With the help of volunteers and partners, they safeguard these special places and share their stories with more than 318 million visitors every year.

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Florida Forest Services

The mission of the Florida Forest Service is to protect and manage the forest resources of Florida, ensuring that they will be available for future generations. They manage over 1 million acres of state forests for multiple public uses, including timber, recreation and wildlife habitat. They offer technical information and grant programs to landowners to help them improve their forestland. Through wildfire prevention and suppression, we work to protect homeowners from the threat of damage in a natural, fire-dependent environment.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Managing fish and wildlife resources for their long-term well-being and the benefit of people.

Lake County

Real Florida. Real close.

Lake County Commissioner

Lake County Water Authority

Established in 1953, by the Florida Legislature, the Lake County Water Authority’s legislative purposes are: Controlling and conserving the freshwater resources of Lake County. Fostering improvements to streams, lakes and canals in the county. Improving the fish and aquatic wildlife in the county by improving the streams, lakes, and canals in the county. Protecting the freshwater resources of Lake County through assisting local governments in the treating of storm water runoff.

Orange County

The Orange County mission is to serve the citizens of Orange County and their guests with integrity, honesty, fairness and professionalism. They are committed to engaging their citizens in the decision making process in order to earn their trust and improve their quality of life.

Save the Manatee Club

Save the Manatee Club is an award-winning national nonprofit 501(c)(3) and membership-based organization established in 1981 by renowned singer/songwriter, Jimmy Buffett, and former U.S. Senator, Bob Graham, when he was governor of Florida.

Seminole Audubon

The Mission of the Seminole Audubon Society is to promote awareness and protection of the plants and animals in the St. Johns River basin in order to sustain the beneficial coexistence of nature and humans.

Seminole County

Florida’s Natural Choice

St. Johns River Water Management District

The St. Johns River Water Management District is an environmental regulatory agency of the state of Florida whose work is focused on ensuring a long-term supply of drinking water, and to protect and restore the health of water bodies in the district’s 18 counties in northeast and east-central Florida. While the district works closely with utilities on water supply issues, the district is not a water supplier.

Individual Representatives

Nancy Prine: Friends of Wekiva

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Jaime Doubek-Racine: National Park Service

Since 1999, Jaime has served as an Outdoor Recreation and Community Planner for the National Park Service, Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance (RTCA) Program. As the Partnership Wild and Scenic Rivers Coordinator for the Region, she provides coordination, technical support, and financial assistance administration to designated Rivers. In addition, she provides outreach and technical assistance to interested groups on the wild and scenic river partnership designation process and provides assistance on study rivers. She also serves as the Designated Federal Officer (DFO) for the Wekiva Wild and Scenic River System.

Prior to her work with the National Park Service, Jaime served as the Public Affairs Director and as a Project Manager for the Sarasota Bay National Estuary Program (SBNEP). She also worked for the state of Florida Coastal Management Program. Prior to the state, she worked for the Nature Conservancy where she specialized in grassroots organizing and legislative issues. She began her career in environmental resource management at the Collier Conservancy, in Naples, Florida, where she worked on land acquisition programs to restore hydrologic flow to the Everglades.