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Miles Meyer
Works at US Fish & Wildlife Service
Attended University of South Carolina
Lives in Vero Beach, Florida
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  • University of South Carolina
    Marine Science, 1991 - 1993
  • Jacksonville University
    Biology/Marine Science, 1987 - 1991
  • Houston High School
    1987
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Introduction
I am actively involved in church, Boy Scouts, and family history. I enjoy teaching people about their environment, how cultural biases influence our views of the world around us and how those views have changed over time. I also enjoy teaching and speaking on genealogy related topics. I am interested in trying out new tech toys, beta testing software and websites, and doing random research on many other topics. My current job is working on the restoration of the Everglades ecosystem.


Suggestions for Circles I would like to be involved in are Genealogy, LDS, Environment, Technology, Android Users, Scouting, as well as others.

Family names I am researching are Westerheide, Bielefeld, Wesner, Walker, Meyer, Mescher, Garman, Wise, Coker, Stueve, Bruns, Lexow, Reeder, LeBoeuf, Vickery and many others.
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I have a wonderful family who are involved in church and Scouting. My son earned his Eagle and Order of the Arrow at the age of 14.
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Occupation
Biologist
Employment
  • US Fish & Wildlife Service
    Supervisory Biologist, 2014 - present
  • US Fish & Wildlife Service
    Biologist, Interagency Liaison, 2001 - 2014
  • Jacksonville University
    Adjunct Professor, 1996 - 2014
  • US Army Corps of Engineers
    Project Manager, 1994 - 2001
  • US Forest Service
    Field Biologist, 1991 - 1991
  • Jacksonville Museum of Science and History
    Naturalist, 1987 - 1990
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Currently
Vero Beach, Florida
Previously
Jacksonville, Florida - Sidney, Ohio - Pierre, South Dakota - Columbia, South Carolina - Moorehead City, North Carolina

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Attended the Seminole War reenactment and Powwow in Okeechobee this weekend.
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Attended an Indian Powwow yesterday during the Seminole War reenactment.
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Race Against Invasives 5K Fun Run/Walk

Date: February 21
Time: Check-in 6:00-6:45
5K race begins at 7:00
Place: Shark Valley Visitors Center, Everglades National Park

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2015-race-against-invasives-5k-tickets-14908970131
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The Everglades RECOVER Science Workshop is coming up next week - Jan 21-23. All sessions will be webcast. Join us to learn more about some of the science that is going on in the Everglades in support of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Program.

http://74.223.38.247/pm/public_meetings/MeetingItem.aspx?meetingId=541
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This was a great 3 day conference on the science being done to promote ecosystem restoration in the Everglades.
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One of the world's rarest forests, the Pine Rocklands, boasting several endangered plant and animal species, will soon have a Walmart built over it. A total of 88 acres of the endangered Florida Pine Rockland Forest will be cut down, paved over and filled with concrete to make way for this big box retailer. It is estimated that less than 2% of the original ancient forest remains today - and 88 acres of it are about to be permanently destroyed.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/izak-pratt/florida-doesnt-need-trees_b_6476192.html
One prime example of how little importance is given to the Florida environment is happening in Miami-Dade County -- home to Miami and 2.6 million residents....
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That is the saddest thing ever.
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Here are some pictures of birds from STA-1E/1W located north of Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge. The STAs are visited by over 200 species of birds each year and are a great place for bird watching. Some of the areas are hikable/bikable. The purpose of the STAs are to store water and treat nutrients before the water moves into the Everglades system. Phosphorus levels in the water going into the STA can be over 200 ppb while the levels in the outgoing water may be between 11-24 ppb. All of the treatment is being done by vegetation.
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Those are phenomenal! Thanks for sharing them.
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Seminole War reenactment yesterday in Okeechobee.
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Lawsuit Launched to Protect Cape Sable Seaside Sparrow. Army Corps' Mismanagement of Water Leaves Sparrow on Brink of. Extinction, Damages Everglades National Park. VERO BEACH, Fla.— The Center for Biological Diversity, Duke University professor of conservation ecology Dr. Stuart Pimm, ...
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The new official website for the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Program is now located at http://www.evergladesrestoration.gov/. Visit this site to learn more about upcoming public meetings (some are webcast) and the ongoing ecosystem restoration projects. 
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CIFOR is announcing the launch of the beta version of 'Landscape Game,' a video game that teaches the economic and environmental tradeoffs of land-use investments. 

See more at http://blog.cifor.org/25594/landscape-game-online-app-greed-is-good-green-is-better and http://cifor.org/landscapegame

The game, originally invented as a board game by CIFOR scientist Herry
Purnomo, returns now as an online game and (soon) a downloadable app,
providing a more complex, rich and educational experience. Among the
game’s features:
- Play solo or with friends, online or offline
- Choose from seven different landscapes, including Amazon, Borneo,
Congo and Java
- Play in one of four languages—English, Spanish, French, Indonesian
- Invest to win in REDD+, logging, oil palm, ecotourism, agroforest,
soybeans, livestock and more
- Experiment with policies: Play as the government to pass laws, taxes
and subsidies
- Watch your footprint: Carbon stocks, biodiversity, and food
production affect your score

This is a beta version, so please record your feedback (in the
comments section of this article) at the following webpage:
http://blog.cifor.org/25594/landscape-game-online-app-greed-is-good-green-is-better
In the Landscape Game, players invest in land to accumulate wealth. But they are faced with decisions: Do you log it for quick cash, or preserve it for carbon credits? Do you clear it for oil palm or dig in for the long haul and build a tourist eco-lodge? Poultry farm or coffee agro-forest? These are actual decisions being made daily throughout the tropical world—and they have global ramifications for the climate, for biodiversity and for econom...
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+Miles Meyer . Thank you  for this info. This is very exciting actually. I still cannot realize that +Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) had projects along those lines. This is very clever to educate people. Definitely I'm going to play this game with my kids during holiday season.  Cheers - JB
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This is from a site visit to one of the water farm sites we are working on. Water farming is a public/private partnership where we work with agricultural land owners to store water on their fallow lands. This site used to be an orange grove. The water storage is used to supply water needs during the dry season, store potentially damaging flows during the wet season, attenuate nutrient levels in the water and provide environmental benefits for wildlife in the Everglades.
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Working with David Rome and Ted Busetto on our purchase of a Chevy Volt was a great experience. They gave us the time to test the vehicle and answered all our questions. We had been looking at several other cars and decided to try the internet sales department at George Moore instead of just getting the first sales person that saw us drive up. That was the right choice to make and resulted in less pressure from the sales people. David was prompt in responding to our internet request. One of your fellow dealers took about a week to respond to a request that was sent at the same time. We worked with Nate Bailey on the financing and payments. That took several days to finally get a correct contract. There were always numbers or math errors that could not be explained. We eventually got to a point where we agreed upon the contract. Even though we had problems with the contracts we enjoyed talking to Nate and he was always friendly.
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