Extensive experience managing people and project teams, implementing natural resource management strategies, overseeing technical programs, providing positive client interface, and administration of project budgets. Possess a strong understanding of the ever-changing environmental consulting arena providing clients with viable solutions through multidisciplinary approaches to environmental issues. Senior biologist with 23 years of applied and multi-disciplinary natural resource and 17 years of consulting experience in natural resource services on a variety of projects in more than 27 states. He has managed environmental reports for over 100 development projects, including more than 20 right-of-way projects encompassing over 1,800 miles, wetland delineation and Section 404 permitting of over 15,000-acres of jurisdictional wetlands, and restoration design and monitoring of over 12 miles of natural stream channel and riparian habitat. Responsible for line management, program design, project staffing, field investigations, and impact assessment and mitigation design. Studies included regional screening, alternative site selection, and development of mitigation programs, risk management, and long-term monitoring of impacts. Designed, staffed, and conducted environmental studies for projects nationwide. These included third-party federal and state EISs, environmental assessments, Biological Assessments (BA), Biological Opinions (BO) Department of Energy Environmental Reports, FERC resource reports, federal and state agency coordination, and permit applications for a wide variety of infrastructure, industrial, and energy development projects. Has extensive environmental permitting and project management experience critical understanding of environmental laws including Clean Water Act/404 Permitting, Endangered Species Act, and the Migratory Bird Protection Act. Specializes in the characterization, classification, design, management and installation of urban and rural stream restoration projects. Mr. Spears has had advanced training, recognized nationally, in stream restoration including: Rosgen Levels I-IV training with Wildland Hydrology. Expert experience with bat ecology including surveys for Indiana bat, northern long-eared bat, and gray bats. Conducts abandoned mine assessments, surveys, and develops closure recommendations for the safe mitigation of abandoned mine features.
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