Sherry Furnari earned a B.A. degree from Florida Gulf Coast University in Environmental Studies in 2000. Ms. Furnari worked for the USFWS at J.N. "Ding" Darling NWR as a Forestry Technician for two years and for nearly six years, she worked for FDEP as an Environmental Specialist I at Estero Bay State Buffer Preserve performing various land management duties including: heavy equipment operator, exotic plant and animal control, prescribed fire, cultural resource identification and protection, boundary security, law enforcement liaison, author and coordinator for habitat restoration projects, grant writing and reporting, and documentation of activities.
In 2004, she was hired as a Land Stewardship Coordinator for the Conservation 20/20 Program where she was responsible for writing Land Management Plans, performing quarterly site inspections, updating the land stewardship portion of the C20/20 website, performing/overseeing projects related to exotic plant control, habitat restoration and prescribed fire, providing passive recreational opportunities, writing annual reports for restoration permits and grants, supervising a facilities maintenance specialist, and conducting other types of stewardship activities for properties acquired through the C20/20 Program.
In 2014, she relocated to the state of Washington to work for the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife as a Fish & Wildlife Biologist 3, Manager of the Methow Wildlife Area. Sherry, along with her team of two, managed 34,000 acres of land primarily purchased for migratory mule deer range. These lands sustained other uses such as cattle grazing, sharecropper leases, recreationists, fisheries enhancement projects, deer hunting and salmon/steelhead fishing. Cold and dreary winters, raging summer wildfires, and her love of land management brought her back to Lee County’s Conservation Lands as a Senior Supervisor in July 2016. She now oversees numerous Conservation Lands and C20/20 employees, performs administrative duties, and land management activities on Hickey’s Creek Mitigation Park. Sherry is a Certified Prescribed Burn Manager and has a Public Applicator License in Natural Areas Weed Management & Aquatic Pest Control.