Friday, July 06, 2018

Who is Ryan Carter? D.R. HORTON "expert" witness, testified Fish Island bald eagle nest was "abandoned." That's false.

On July 3, 2018, RYAN CARTER falsely testified before the St. Augustine Planning and Zoning Board that bald eagle nest SJ019 was "abandoned."  In fact, it is an active bald eagle nest.  Efforts to obtain comment from him were unavailing.

Environmental consultant RYAN CARTER admits on his website that he's an "advocate" for those who want permits to destroy wetlands.  His testimony July 3, 2018 was that there bald eagle nest on Fish Island was "abandoned."  This would appear to be perjury.

From the hired gun's website:


t Carter Environmental
Carter Environmental is a family owned business that offers personalized, responsive services to landowners and developers who need to obtain local, state and federal environmental permits. 

Carter Environmental Services (CES) is a wetlands, protected species and environmental permitting consulting company located in Northeast Florida offering services to public and private sector clients statewide with professional services geared towards wetland and protected species regulations, due diligence and environmental permitting. Our approach to project issues is site specific, incorporating regulatory law, the client’s needs and concerns, and optimal use of resources to create unique and cost effective solutions. CES solves natural resource issues by using our technical training, years of experience and relationships to create innovative solutions that provide the most time- and cost-effective options to our clients.
Our goal is to provide clients with sensible and economical solutions to achieve their project goals, while meeting the requirements of governing environmental agencies. CES’s work ethic is built upon three main objectives:
  • Performing jobs efficiently and with the client’s best interest
  • Being honest, fair and beneficial
  • Responsiveness to client’s needs and providing consistent status updates on their projects
We’d love the chance to work with you, feel free to call us at (904) 540-1786 or email with any questions.

Our goal is to provide clients with sensible and economical solutions to achieve their project goals, while meeting the requirements of governing environmental agencies.

  • St. Augustine and St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce
  • St. Johns County Economic Development Council
  • Northeast Florida Builders Association
  • St. Johns Builders Council
  • St. Augustine and St. Johns County Board of Realtors
  • Society Wetland Scientists
  • International Society of Arboriculture
  • Rotary International
  • Women’s Business Development Council of Florida
  • FWC Authorized Gopher Tortoise Agent / GTA-09-00060 (surveys & relocations)
  • Professional Wetland Scientist / No. 1392
  • FDEP Qualified Stormwater Management Inspector / No. 20699
  • Certified WBENC Woman Owned Business/No. 2005122848

Ryan Carter
Ryan is a certified professional wetland scientist and an authorized gopher tortoise agent with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. He has 20 years’ experience in the environmental field working with local, state and federal environmental regulatory offices. He is an advocate for his clients and tries to balance regulatory constraints with real world scenarios.

Lynne Carter
Lynne Carter manages the daily operations of Carter Environmental, including account management, marketing, and bookkeeping. Lynne has over 10 years in the Public Relations, Advertising and Publishing fields!

Mike Glover
Mike Glover
Mike is a University of Florida Alumni with a degree in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation specializing in land management. He is an authorized gopher tortoise agent with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, and an aggressive client advocate.

Dave Jeff
David has a B.S. in environmental science and over 11+ years of experience in environmental permitting. He has worked in the public sector as a Regulatory Scientist with the Water Management District performing duties such as mitigation bank review, ERP review/compliance, formal wetland determinations, etc. and was also part of the agricultural assistance team. He has also previously worked in the private sector as a project manager performing local, state and federal permitting. He brings a unique blend of public and private sector insight helping Carter Environmental’s clients achieve their goals while also meeting regulatory requirements.

Michael Spontak
Michael has a BS from University of Central Florida and a Master’s from UC Santa Barbara in Environmental Science and Management. His specialty is in Geographic Information Systems, Ecology and Hydrology. He has previously worked in private, public and nonprofit sectors performing water quality monitoring, biological sampling and environmental modeling.

Protected Species Assessment and Permitting
We access property for the presence of State and Federal protected species. We commonly work with gopher tortoises, ospreys and bald eagles.
Wetland Assessment and Delineation
Using GIS, we evaluate historic infrared and color aerials, contours, soils, National Wetland Inventory (NWI) and topographic maps to interpret the extent of State and Federal jurisdictional wetlands. We then delineate, GPS and map the limits of those wetlands in the field.
Local, State and Federal Environmental Permitting
We commonly work with local Counties, Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), St. Johns River Water Management District, and the Army Corps of Engineers to obtain permits for various activities affecting wetlands.
Dock and Dredge Permitting
We can assess and site the dock alignment and obtain State and Federal permits. We can also access and permit mechanical and hydraulic dredging.
Mitigation Planning and Design
When impacts to jurisdictional wetland occur we develop a comprehensive mitigation plan which can include wetland preservation, restoration, creation or purchase of wetland mitigation bank credits.
Land Management Services
We work closely with our clients to meet any objectives related to wildlife utilization, silvicultural practices, wildfire prevention, and exotic or nuisance species control.  Tools that we have at our disposal include but are not limited to a burn team with 2 certified burn bosses, a fully licensed timber crew, and a wildlife biologist with experience manipulating habitat for wildlife.
Expertise & Range
  • Protected Flora and Fauna Species Surveys and Permitting
  • Tree Assessments
  • Mitigation Planning
  • Wetland Creation Design, Planting and Monitoring
  • Due Diligence Assistance
  • GPS Data Collection
  • GIS/AutoCAD Analyst
  • Oyster Relocation and Dredging
  • Geographic information services
  • Erosion and sediment control
  • Land Management and Timber Evaluation


Single Family Residential Development, Formal Wetland Jurisdictional Wetland Determination, SJRWMD and ACOE Environmental Permitting
St. Johns County 433 acres

SilverLeaf Plantation
Development of Regional Impact, assist in permit modifications, mitigation planning, the inclusion of an additional 250 acre tract
St. Johns County 7,300 acres

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South Old Kings Road
Development of Regional Impact, wetland delineation using GPS and GIS technology, obtained SJRWMD and ACOE permits
Flagler County 794 acres

St. Augustine Flea Market
Commercial Development, obtained SJRWMD and ACOE permits
St. Johns County 361 acres

Lake Crescent Mitigation Area
Multiple User mitigation bank
Putnam County 320 acres

Coastal Oaks
Performed the wetland creation planting, monitoring and maintenance as required by the SJRWMD and ACOE permits
St. Johns County 752 acres

Equipment & Software
  • Two Sub-Meter Accurate GPS units
  • ArcGIS® 9.3 with ArcInfo®
  • ArcPad software
  • 4-gal Backpack Herbicide Applicator
  • Four-Wheel Drive Vehicles
  • ATV with trailer
  • Stihl Auger

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