Holly Milbrandt has been appointed to the position of Director of Natural Resources with the City of Sanibel following the departure of James Evans last month to the Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation. City Manager Judie Zimomra made the announcement Friday, Oct. 16.
“Director Milbrandt brings to the directorship her eminent scholarship, her proven experience and an impressive 14-year commitment to protecting our community’s unique natural resources consistent with the Sanibel Plan,” said Zimomra. “As a scientist, Director Milbrandt has impressive communication skills which are critical for the position.”
Milbrandt has been with the city since May 2006, when she was hired as an environmental specialist. In her time with the city, Milbrandt has been promoted to environmental health and water quality specialist, environmental biologist and deputy natural resources director.
“I consider myself to be very fortunate to work for a community that places such tremendous value on the protection and preservation of its natural resources and am excited to serve the citizens of Sanibel as director of natural resources,” said Milbrandt.
She has worked on several key projects during her tenure with the city, including the development of the Jordan Marsh Water Quality Treatment Park – a 6.8-acre filter marsh designated to address water quality impairments in the Sanibel Slough.
She was part of implementing the city’s fertilizer ordinance adopted in 2007 and the restoration of the Sanibel Bayous sewer package plant site to a city preserve with beneficial wetlands and functional wildlife habitat.
She currently serves on the Science Coordination Group for the South Florida Ecosystem Restoration Task Force, the C-43 West Basin Storage Reservoir Water Quality Treatment Component Working Group, and the Coastal & Heartland National Estuary Program (CHNEP) Technical Advisory Committee.
Milbrandt has completed training in prescribed fire operations, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), FWC Authorized Gopher Tortoise Agent, and FEMA Intermediate and Advanced Incident Command Systems. She was voted employee of the quarter by her peers in 2007.
Milbrandt earned her bachelor of science degree in biology from Furman University and a master of science in marine biology from the University of Charleston.