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In May, Meredith Barnard joined the Florida Wildlife Federation as the new Southwest Florida Field Representative.

Ms. Barnard holds an undergraduate degree in Marine Science from the University of Miami and a graduate degree in Marine and Environmental Affairs from the University of Washington. She is a graduate of the Leadership Collier Foundation’s Growing Associates in Naples™ (GAIN™) and an active board member of the University of Miami’s Southwest Florida Canes Alumni Association.

She has a variety of environmental talents and advocacy experiences including serving for the past two years as a policy advocate at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida.

After 24 years of service to the Federation and Southwest Florida’s wildlife, Nancy Anne Payton will retire this August. Because Ms. Barnard and Ms. Payton have worked together on several local campaigns there will be a seamless transition as Ms. Barnard assumes responsibilities for the Federation’s ongoing wildlife protection, habitat connectivity, and crossings campaigns across Southwest Florida.