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FBI initiates yet another Santa Rosa investigation
Oct 21st, 2011, 8:23am
 
The below news articles investigates yet another investigation in Santa Rosa County that includes WD ' Don'  Salter. And while you are  
at it, don't try to surf three rivers RC&D on the web, because their web site is off the airwaves.  
 
to read full business plan. - Three Rivers  
www.trrcd.com/…les/default/Business_Plan_TR2011.pdf  
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2011 Three Rivers. RC&D Council Members. Three Rivers RC&D council members ...  
 
 
 
http://www.pnj.com/article/20111021/NEWS01/110210327/Nonprofit-conservation-grou p-under-FBI-scrutiny?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE
Nonprofit conservation group under FBI scrutiny
Three Rivers raided by investigators
Pensacola News Journal  
11:00 PM, Oct. 20, 2011  |  
 
 
Nonprofit conservation group under FBI scrutiny
 
A nonprofit conservation group that receives millions of dollars in grants is being investigated by state and federal officials.
 
Investigators with the State Attorney's Office, the Florida Office of Fiscal Integrity, the FBI and various other state and local law enforcement agencies on Wednesday  
raided the offices of the Three Rivers Resource Conservation & Development Council in Milton and other related offices.
 
Numerous records were seized, but no one was arrested, State Attorney Bill Eddins said.
 
"We don't anticipate any arrests being made for several weeks or months. The investigation is ongoing," Eddins said. "There has been no final determination at  
this time whether arrests, in fact, will occur."
 
At issue is what Eddins called a "substantial amount" of state and federal grant money. He wouldn't say what sparked the investigation.
 
The Three Rivers Resource Conservation & Development Council is composed of representatives from the county commissions, soil and water conservation  
districts, and three members-at-large each in Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Bay, Washington and Holmes counties, according to the council's website.
 
The group focuses on land conservation, water management, community development and land management, its website said.
 
"I can confirm that there is an ongoing investigation," said John Harper, the  
council's coordinator. "But I am not going to be making any comments on that."
 
According to the website, the council has three staff members, including Harper, environmental specialist Travis Davis and project manager Chera Willett.
 
The council is made up of 23 members, including Santa Rosa County Commissioner Don Salter and Escambia County Commissioner Kevin White, as well as a  
commissioner each from Okaloosa and Walton counties.
 
"I'm not aware, at this point, of any alleged wrongdoing of any elected official," Eddins said.
 
Salter and White were not aware of the investigation, nor do they know of any improprieties at the council.
 
"They've done some excellent work in the past," Salter said. "Most of it is erosion problems and water-quality problems. They've done a lot of work down at Eglin  
(Air Force Base) helping to correct eroded areas to prevent contamination of waterways."
 
 
The council also helped clean up Clear Creek near Whiting Field Naval Air Station, he said.
 
White said he can't remember the last time he attended one of the Three Rivers board's quarterly meetings.
 
"I haven't been to a meeting in probably three or four years," White said. "They normally schedule them at 10 o'clock in the day, and they're over in Milton, and it's  
hard to make it."
 
Three Rivers operated on a budget of $6.9 million — almost all from grants — in 2009, according to forms filed with the IRS in December. From 2005 to 2009, Three  
Rivers received more than $21 million in grants.
 
In 2009, Three Rivers received $200,000 in federal stimulus money to enhance portions of Tarkiln Bayou Preserve State  
 
Park in southwestern Escambia County. Also that year, Three Rivers helped establish a greenhouse at Central High School in Allentown.
 
Three Rivers also serves on the Santa Rosa County Agriculture Committee, which hosts the annual Santa Rosa farm tour and chooses the county's farm family of the  
year.
 
It also has contributed to efforts to give away tree saplings and participates in  
various community education efforts.
 
 Can you help?  
The State Attorney's Office would like to speak with people who have done business with the Three Rivers Resource Conservation & Development Council. Those who believe they may be able to assist investigators should call Assistant State Attorneys Russ Edgar or Troy Bouk at 595-4200.  
 
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Re: FBI initiates yet another Santa Rosa investiga
Reply #1 - Oct 21st, 2011, 8:25am
 
John Harper’s picture appears on this link.  
You may also notice that his email address is a Federal agency, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
 
http://www.aianea.com/bio/election/Harper.pdf
 
John P. Harper
Nomination S.E. Regional Representative
5230 Willing Street
Milton, Fl 32570
850‐623‐0030
john.harper@fl.usda.gov
 
I am currently serving as RC&D Coordinator for Three Rivers RC&D Council which covers the 7 most western counties in Northwest Florida. I have worked for NRCS over 34 years beginning my career in Alabama as a student trainee, and after graduating from Auburn University serving as a Soil Conservationist for a year before becoming a District Conservationist. I was fortunate to be a District Conservationist in 3 different Counties before becoming RC&D Coordinator for the Tombigbee and Cawaco RC&Ds in 1985. I came to Florida in 1992 and have had the great opportunity to serve as RC&D Coordinator for Three Rivers RC&D Council for the past 17years. The past 2 years I have served as Special Emphasis Program Manager for the American Indian/Alaska Native Program. During this time I have a better understanding for some of the issues the American Indians are facing. Also, I have been an adopted member of the Perdido Bay Indian Tribe for the past 15 years and currently serve as Chairman of the Board. I look forward to serving as the South East Representative for the AIANEA if elected.
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Re: FBI initiates yet another Santa Rosa investiga
Reply #2 - Oct 21st, 2011, 9:34am
 
Detail by Entity Name
Florida Non Profit Corporation
FLORIDA THREE RIVERS RESOURCE CONSERVATION AND DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL, INC.
Filing Information
Document Number      N35894
FEI/EIN Number      592989537
Date Filed      12/26/1989
State      FL
Status      INACTIVE
Last Event      ADMIN DISSOLUTION FOR ANNUAL REPORT
Event Date Filed      09/23/2011

Event Effective Date      NONE
 
Principal Address
5230 WILLING STREET
MILTON FL 32570 US
Changed 11/13/2006
Mailing Address
5230 WILLING STREET
MILTON FL 32570 US
Changed 11/13/2006
 
Registered Agent Name & Address
FULFORD, J. D.
5230 WILLING STREET
MILTON FL 32570 US
Address Changed: 03/14/2001
 
Officer/Director Detail
Name & Address
Title DS
 
FULFORD, JAMES D
5230 WILLING ST
MILTON FL 32570  
Title DS
 
JOHNSON, LINDA
808 MAGNOLIA SHORES
NICEVILLE FL  
Title DT
 
JOHNSON, CATHY
5230 WILLING STREET
MILTON FL 32583  
Title DP
 
FULFORD, J. D.
1463 LEWIS ROAD
MILTON FL  
Title DV3
 
GILLEY, JANICE
5230 WILLING ST
MILTON FL 32583  
 
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