Richard Leon - Full Bio
“The most rewarding part of my job is enhancing the environment as well as the quality of life for the residents of Duval County by incorporating the natural world into the man-built world through proper urban forest management and planning.”
Richard graduated from The University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Forest Resources and Conservation where he specialized in Urban Forestry. Richard also has certifications from the International Society of Arboriculture as a Certified Arborist and Certified Tree Risk Assessor and is a graduate of the Municipal Forestry Institute. In 2013 Richard trained with the US Forest Service in their Urban Forest Strike Teams, designed to assess and aid regions whose urban forests have been impacted by natural disasters such as hurricanes. After college Richard worked as a multi-use forester for Enercity, a utility company in Hannover Germany. Here his primary focus was on soil-water recharge and water quality, but he also worked in timber production, wild game management and forest recreation. After an 8 month stint in Germany he took a job as a utility forester on distribution systems with Florida Power & Light in Brevard County, FL and later working on transmission systems with Duke Energy in North Carolina. Before arriving in Jacksonville Richard worked as the regional urban forester for the Texas A&M Forest Service based out of Dallas Texas where he collaborated with municipalities in the Dallas metroplex to assist in the development and enhancement of their urban forestry programs. Richard has been working as the Urban Forest Manager for the City of Jacksonville since 2015.