Areas of Expertise: Florida conservation issues; land conservation planning and protection, growth management; transportation planning; grassroots organizing; legislative and executive advocacy; non-profit management
As Senior Representative for Defenders of Wildlife, Kent is advocating for protecting landscapes and wildlife habitats in northwestern Florida. His work focuses on protecting habitat for species at-risk such as sea turtles, gopher tortoises, manatees, red-cockaded woodpeckers and looking toward the return of the Florida panther.
He is implementing a comprehensive program of advocacy, public outreach and education in cooperation with agencies, landowners, conservation groups and concerned individuals focusing on conserving a wildlife habitat network stretching across Florida's panhandle from the Suwannee River to the Perdido River. This coastal and inland habitat network will link federal, state and private conservation lands including the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge, Apalachicola National Forest, Econfina Creek Conservation Area, Nokuse Plantation, Eglin Air Force Base, Blackwater River State Forest and Gulf Islands National Seashore. Kent is coordinating a partnership seeking federal designation of Northwest Florida as a Sentinel Landscape to help secure resources to conserve of working lands and habitats and protect the military missions of the U.S. Air Force and Navy installations in the Florida panhandle.