Dave Riley is one of our newest restoration specialists and heavy equipment operators. Dave graduated from the University of Montana Ecosystem Restoration program in 2016 and actively sought a role in restoration implemetation. We feel very fortunate that he found his way to our team.  He has been with Watershed Consulting since 2018 and plays a central role in our stream restoration, channel creation, and wetland restoration projects. 

Nick LeVan is one of our restoration & forestry technicians. He has been with Watershed Consulting since 2016. He plays a central role in our floodplain and stream restoration and construction projects. 

Adam West  is our lead arborist and a skilled tree climber and rigger, as well as one of our staff foresters.  Adam holds a M.S. Degree in Plant Ecophysiology and uses his academic background to perform plant damage investigations and appraisals.  He is a skilled plant pathologist and can diagnose disease and pest issues.  Adam is one of our forest and stream restoration project managers, with an emphasis in developing burn plans and applying prescribed fire. 

Tanner McKinney is a sawyer, project coordinator and equipment operator on Watershed’s forestry and restoration crews. Using his education in Resource Conservation Management, Tanner has worked as a builder, forester, trail crew lead, farmer, logger and guide throughout much of the Northwest and Pacific Northwest. Tanner is experienced in fuels reduction and insect & disease control, along with riparian restoration practices including Beaver Mimicry Analogs, vegetated erosion controls and soil lifts in much of the Upper Clark Fork Region surrounding Butte and Anaconda. Tanner works from his interdisciplinary background to implement lasting management practices to degraded aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems throughout Western Montana.

Catherine Wiechmann is a full-time scientist and project manager with Watershed Consulting focusing on ecological surveys, soil condition assessments, and wetland science.  She drives the permitting process for our stream and wetland restoration projects, and performs wetland delineations. Catherine earned her M.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Idaho where she modeled environmental parameters in freshwater wetlands. Her expertise in ecosystem health and habitat assessment, limnology and stream ecology gives her a wide range of knowledge on how to manage our precious water resources in the Western U.S.. Catherine has led crews in large- scale wetland monitoring projects in Idaho, Montana, and Colorado, and performed data analysis for large datasets.

Marnie Criley is a Partner and the Business Manager at Watershed Consulting. She has been with the company since 1998. Marnie is experienced in proposal and report writing, project management, and on-the-ground restoration work. In 2010, Marnie took over the business management roll, including contracting, budgeting, finances and day-to-day operations. She has more than 10 years of experience assisting organizations, community groups and collaboratives build the capacity to carry out long-term planning and implementation for forest and watershed based projects. These skills – from meeting facilitation and strategic planning to assessment and implementation – help Marnie in her many roles at Watershed Consulting.

Lucas McIver is a Project Manager and Staff Forester at Watershed Consulting. Lucas has been with Watershed Consulting since 2006. He has been a forest worker for over 20 years, beginning by managing his family's tree farm. He has been assessing forests, thinning trees and leading thinning crews for that amount of time. He is an ISA certified arborist and tree climber. Lucas manages a complex, multi-year restoration project for a large ownership in the Bitterroot Valley. He also assists in the development of the Missoula Hybrid Poplar Plantation. Lucas is a skilled crew leader, tree feller, sawmill operator, nurseryman, and woodworker. He is a core member of our soil survey team.

Patrick Hurley has been a Restoration Ecologist and Water Resource Specialist with Watershed Consulting since 2014. Patrick is trained to incorporate the ecological services of natural systems into perennial solutions, both above and below the water line. He performs a variety of assessments, analyses, feasibility studies, and design-build services in forest, stream, riparian, and wetland systems. For four years, he managed the silviculture operations of a 150-acre hybrid poplar farm, diverting over 1M GPD of wastewater effluent from the Clark Fork River. Patrick earned his M.S. in Systems Ecology from the University of Montana, where he monitored and analyzed hydrologic, geomorphic, and biogeochemical dynamics in a 23-km wetland-stream in the Anaconda Smelter Co. Superfund site. Patrick is a certified Wetland Delineator, a Professional Wetland Scientist-in-training, and a professional mushroom hunter. 

Jeff Copeland is our Biological Weed Control Specialist. He has been with Watershed Consulting since 2011. Jeff has over 18 years’ experience managing noxious weeds with biological control insects in Montana and surrounding states, as well as a background in natural resource management and planning, including GPS/GIS mapping and design, as well as vegetation monitoring.   

Julian Colescott is Watershed Consulting’s Wetland Scientist, joining our team in 2015. Julian has over 17 years’ experience working in environmental consulting as a biologist, Professional Wetland Scientist (SWS No. 1920), and Project Manager. He specializes in preparing wetland delineations, wetland functional assessment, and wetland permit applications, but is well versed in survey methods for many different wildlife species. Survey data are incorporated into Biological Resources sections of National Environmental Policy Act documents.

Jeff Cahill is our Restoration Operations Manager. Jeff joined Watershed Consulting in 2015 with a background in environmental construction, having managed landscape construction crews in Western Montana since 2009. Jeff is well versed in the heavy lifting aspect of environmental restoration. He is knowledgeable in earth stabilization, riparian construction, revegetation, and forest stand improvement, and is a Rosgen level IV certified equipment operator with a decade of experience. Jeff is the project manager and foreman of our restoration & construction projects.

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Mark Vander Meer is Principal Partner at Watershed Consulting and has been with the company since 1998. He is our senior restoration ecologist with more than 30 years of experience in ecologic restoration and bio-physical assessments. Mark is a USDA certified soil scientist and an ISA Certified Arborist. He works to mend severe disturbances such as degraded riparian areas or abandoned mine sites. Mark has developed many innovative revegetation and soil stabilization techniques. He is the lead author for three regional revegetation manuals. He owns and operates a native plant nursery for the company’s many revegetation projects. In the woods, Mark applies responsible forest practices that restore and sustain long-term forest use and vitality. His work encourages woodland health and appropriate ecologic trends. Recognizing the importance of the soil resource, Mark works to assess how past disturbances influence natural bio-physical resiliency and ecological trends of the above- and below-ground ecosystems; he then provides recommendations for soil rehabilitation and native plant revegetation. Mark is continually learning and teaching restoration and forest management techniques throughout Western Montana.