ERIC H. HOYER
Natural Resource Planning Services, Inc.

Curriculum Vitae
 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

1995 - Consulting Forester
Present - Division Co-Manager, Natural Resource Planning Services, Inc.

Involved in all aspects of forest management on both private and public lands.  Duties include timber sales, reforestation, prescribed burning, management plans, herbiciding, and appraisals.  Coordinate site prep, herbicide and reforestation contractors.  Also involved with site preparation and reclamation planting on phosphate mines.   Have been a party to several real estate transactions involving acreage.   Have been involved in numerous court cases involving expert testimony.

One of five Certified Arborists within the firm.  Involved with all aspects of urban forestry/arboriculture to include tree inventories, hazard tree assessments, tree appraisals, protection of trees during construction and experttestimony.  

1984 - President
1995 - Forest Resources Management, Inc., Ft. Myers, Florida

Served as vice-president when firm founded in 1984. Became president in 1989 and was responsible for the day-to-day management and operations of the company. FRM offered rural and urban forestry consulting services as well as urban landscape pest control.

Participated in over a dozen street tree inventories and hazard tree assessments for local governments as well as over one hundred tree appraisals for various public and private clients.

1982 - Environmental and Forestry Consultant
1984 - W. Dexter Bender & Associates, Lee County, Florida

Consulting services included dredge and fill permit applications, jurisdictional wetland determination, vegetation mapping, submerged land lease applications, and flagging road alignments through sensitive wetlands.

1977 - Forester
1981 - Florida Division of Forestry, Lee County, FL

Five years as Lee County forester providing technical forestry assistance to rural landowners as well as homeowners within the Lee County-Ft. Myers area.  Rural forestry projects included writing forest management plans for landowners, assisting with prescribed burning and tree planting.

Participated in or initiated various urban forestry projects for city governments and homeowners to include a tree canopy analysis, tree plantings, insect and disease diagnoses, and educational programs.

1976 - Forester
1977 - One year with tree service companies in Syracuse, New York and Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  Experience included various aspects of tree care such as pruning, fertilizing, spraying and general maintenance.

 

EDUCATION

  • 1976 Bachelor of Science in Forestry, University of Maine
  • 1986 Master of Business Administration, University of South Florida

 

LICENSES/CERTIFICATIONS

  • Registered Forester, State of Alabama, #1536
  • Registered Forester, State of Georgia, #2907
  • Certified Arborist - International Society of Arboriculture  #SO-103
  • ISA Qualified Tree Risk Assessor
  • Registered Consulting Arborist #482, ASCA
  • Certified Forester – Society of American Foresters #1207                  
  • DACS Pest Control License for Lawn and Ornamental Pest Control application.  Also licensed for natural areas.
  • Licensed Florida Real Estate Sales Associate
  • M.S.H.A. (Mining Safety and Health Administration) Certified
  • Certified Burner (Florida Division of Forestry) # 19870433

                             

PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES AND ORGANIZATIONS

  • Member Society of American Foresters – Caribbean Chapter Chair 2006       and 2007.    Florida Division Chairman 2011.
  • Florida Forestry Association member
  • International Society of Arboriculture member.  President in 2012.
  • Member American Society of Consulting Arborists
  • Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council (FLEPPC) member
  • Lakeland-Christina Rotary Club member and past president 2005-06
  • Central Citrus Rotary Club – President 2014-15
  • Polk Area Bicycling Association – past President
  • Knights of Columbus – Grand Knight 1999-2001, 2016-17

 

SPEAKER/PRESENTER AT PROFESSIONAL WORKSHOPS/SEMINARS

  • 3/10/09:  Landowner Workshop, Balm, Florida: “Opportunities for Central Florida Landowners”.
  • 2/10/09: Landowner Workshop, Sarasota, Florida: “Opportunities for Central Florida Landowners”.
  • 12/4, 12/11 and 12/13/07:  Florida ISA Coast Series Seminars: “Tree Preservation: Tips, Tricks and New Technology”.
  • 10/30, 10/31, 11/13 and 11/14/06: Florida ISA Coast Series Seminars: “Hazard Tree Assessment: Know When to Go Out On a Limb!”
  • 9/14/06:  Florida Recreation and Parks Association Conference: “Urban and Natural Area Tree Inventories”.
  • 5/18/00: South Florida Water Management District Conference regarding current appraisal issues in Florida, “Timber Valuation”.
  • Spring, 1997*: Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council Annual Meeting: “Summary of Melaleuca Herbicide Study for SFWMD”.
  • *unsure of year

 

Tree Worker Training Workshop

Developed a 10 hour classroom/field workshop, with an associate, for municipal tree workers.  Topics include tree physiology, soils, tree risk assessment, tree preservation, pruning and urban greening.

  • 08/04:  City of Mt. Dora Tree Worker Training
  • 09/05:  City of Eustis Tree Worker Training

 

OTHER TRAINING/EDUCATION

  • Taught as adjunct professor at Edison Community College, Ft. Myers, Florida from fall semester, 1993 to spring semester, 1996.
      Fall Semesters:  Horticulture (to citrus management students)
     Spring Semesters:  Soils (to golf course management students)
  • Taught Forest Mensuration Lab for forestry students at University of Florida, Plant City Campus (Spring, 2009).

 

PERSONAL DATA

Date of Birth: 6/24/54

Marital Status: Married, 41 Years, 2 Children, Ages 37, 34

Current Address: 3890 N. Longvalley Rd.  Hernando, Fl. 34442

erich@nrpsforesters.com

M: 863-670-0734

H:  352-341-0633

O:  352-588-2580    

 

 Summary of Testimony Experience – Eric H. Hoyer

(Depositions or Trials)

Case

Year

Description

Testimony

Court

County

Firm/

Attorney

Representing

Zemel et. al. v. Wilkinson (Lee Co. Prop. App.)

1986

Agricultural Classification

Deposition and trial

Circuit

Lee

Henderson Franklin, Starnes & Holt/Harold “Buddy” Hume

Plaintiff

Plaintiff v. US Home

Approx. 1986

Injury to renter of home due to tree well

Deposition and trial

Circuit

Lee

Unknown

Plaintiff

 

 

 

Various plaintiffs v. Sarasota Co.

1988

Eminent domain cases involving tree and shrub evaluation

Deposition and trial

Circuit

Sarasota

Brigham, Moore et. al./Harold Lassman

Plaintiffs

Unknown

Approx. 1988

Dispute between neighbors regarding deliberate poisoning of tree on lot line

Deposition and  trial testimony

Circuit

Collier

Unknown

Plaintiff

Plaintiff v. Town of Palm Beach

Approx. 1989

Tree injury due to fallen limb

Deposition and trial testimony

Circuit

Palm Beach

Unknown

Plaintiff

Sparling v. Sarasota Co.

1992

Claims Bill (H.B. 741) seeking relief for personal injury involving fallen tree

Deposition and before committee

Legislative committee

Leon

Sheldon J. Gensler

Plaintiff

Abbott Citrus Ladders v. Chiu

2001

Contract dispute regarding timber sale

Deposition and trial

Circuit

Manatee

Harllee & Bald/

Kimberly Bald

Defendant

HE Orlando, LLC. v. Donegan (Orange Co. Prop. App.)

2002

Agricultural Classification

Deposition

Circuit

Orange

Kendig, Schrader/

Courtney Witte

Plaintiff

Shellie Caron v. Carol Krol and Keim Assoc, Inc.

2006

Injury to plaintiff from fallen tree

Deposition and trial

Circuit

Lee

Burke & Lubell/

Evan Lubell

Plaintiff

Plaintiffs v. Fl. Dept. of Ag. (FDACS)

2007

Class action lawsuit regarding value of “dooryard” citrus trees removed through canker program

 

Deposition.  Testified at liability trial

Circuit

Palm Beach

Grossman Roth/

Bobby Gilbert

Plaintiffs

Callie Booth v. City of Zephyrhills

2007

Death to plaintiff from fallen tree

Deposition

Circuit

Pasco

Roper & Roper/

Donovan Roper

Defendant

Plaintiffs v. DOACS

2007

Class action lawsuit regarding value of “dooryard” citrus trees removed through canker program

 

Deposition and  testimony at liability trial

Circuit

Broward

Grossman Roth/

Bobby Gilbert

Plaintiffs

Plaintiffs v. FDACS

2008

Class action lawsuit regarding value of “dooryard” citrus trees removed through canker program

Deposition and  testimony at damages trial

Circuit

Broward

Grossman Roth/Bobby Gilbert

Plaintiffs

Howard v. Partin

2009

Accident on highway after prescribed burn

Deposition

Circuit

Osceola

Goodman, McGuffey,

Lindsey & Johnson

/Matthew Valdes

Defendant

Brieson Corp. v. As-Com Technologies

2009

Damage claim against neighboring business regarding value of trees

Deposition and trial

Circuit

Hillsborough

Barker, Rodems & Cook/Ryan C.  Rodems

Plaintiff

Lasater  v. Lewis & Cox

2010

Damage to planted pine from wildfire

Deposition and trial

Circuit

Lake

Vecchio, Carrier & Feldman/

Barbi Feldman

Defendant

Plaintiffs v. FDACS

2010

Class action lawsuit (see above)

Deposition and testimony at certification hearing

Circuit

Miami-Dade

Grossman Roth/

Bobby Gilbert

Plaintiffs

Jerry Wilgus v. CMH Parks, Inc.

 

 

2011

Injury due to fallen tree

Deposition.

Trial pending.

unknown

Atlanta, Ga.

Nall & Miller, LLP/

Mark Lefkow

Defendant

Randy and Rose Merritt v. OLMHP and Ameri-Pride Tree Services

2011

Topping of trees along property line.  Determined value.

Deposition and

trial

Circuit

Pinellas

Johnson, Pope, Bokor, Ruppell & Burr, LLP/

Marion Hale

Defendant

 

 

 

 

FDOT v. Bertram Smith et. Al.

2011-12

Loss of timber due to R-O-W expansion

Deposition.

Case settled.

Circuit

Washington

Gaylord, Merlin, Ludovici, Diaz, & Bain/

Paul Bain, Esq.

Defendant

Plaintiffs v. FDACS

2011 and 2015

Class action lawsuit regarding value of “dooryard” citrus trees removed through canker program

Deposition and testimony at damages trial

Circuit

Palm Beach

Grossman Roth/Bobby Gilbert

Plaintiffs

Allen v. State Farm Insurance Co.

2012

Damage to house from fallen tree

Deposition

Circuit

Hillsborough

Frank D. Butler, P.A.

Plaintiff

Bliton v. City of Gainesville

2012

Damage to house from fallen tree

Deposition and Trial

Circuit

Alachua

Mark Fraser, Esq.

Plaintiff

Plaintiffs v. DACS

2012

Class action lawsuit regarding value of “dooryard” citrus trees removed through canker program

Liability trial

Circuit

Orange

Grossman Roth/Bobby Gilbert

Plaintiffs

Daniel B. Curtis, Tr. v.  Hills. Co. Prop. App.

2012

Agricultural Classification

Deposition and Trial

Circuit

Hillsborough

Hill, Ward, Henderson

Plaintiff

Collins v. Cruce

2013

Timber Trespass

Mediation

Mediator

Suwannee

Guilday, Tucker, Schwartz, & Simpson, P.A.

Defendant

Pounsberry v. FGT

2013

Eminent Domain

Deposition

Circuit

Gadsden

Fixel, Maguire & Willis

Plaintiff

Plaintiffs v. DACS

2014

Class action lawsuit regarding value of “dooryard” citrus trees removed through canker program

Deposition and testimony at damages trial

Circuit

Lee

Grossman Roth/Bobby Gilbert

Plaintiffs

Alexsuk v. FDOT

2014

Eminent domain regarding value of trees in proposed R-O-W

Deposition

Circuit

Hillsborough

FDOT District 7 attorney Chris Vogel

Defendant

Plaintiffs v DACS

2014

Class action lawsuit regarding value of “dooryard” citrus trees removed through canker program

Damages Trial

Circuit

Orange

Grossman Roth/Bobby Gilbert

Plaintiffs

Colvin v. Gilbert’s Forestry Services

2015

Personal injury case regarding tree failure from a forestry operation

Deposition

Circuit

Decatur County, Georgia

Galloway, Johnson, Tomkins, Burr, & Smith;

 

Austin Moretz

Defendant

Bausch v. Allcare Tree Surgery

2015

Claim against condominium and two tree service companies in regards to a personal injury involving a tree limb

Deposition;

Case settled without providing court testimony

County

Beaufort, S.C.

Howell, Gibson, & Hughes;

 

David Black

Defendant

 

Have also provided testimony at numerous V.A.B. (Value Adjustment Board) hearings regarding Agricultural Classification cases in the following counties: Lee, Charlotte, Hendry, Hillsborough, Orange, Seminole, and Pasco.