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 monitoring, water quality services, and floating treatment wetland technology. 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 and Colorado, and performed data analysis for large ecological 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 and leads our urban arborist work, Arborworks. 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 is an Ecologist and Restoration Specialist with Watershed Consulting and has been with us since 2014. Patrick came to Watershed Consulting with a technical background in constructed wetlands for waste water treatment and reuse and has since expanded his skill set to focus on wetland and riparian assessment & restoration. Patrick is trained to incorporate the ecological services of natural systems into perennial solutions, both in and out of the water. Additionally, his experience in plant ecology and soil-building allows him to span the gap from waterways to lead studies and operations around hybrid poplar cultivation and Superfund reclamation. Patrick is also a certified Wetland Delineator and Professional Wetland Scientist in training.
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 spent six years working on and managing landscape construction crews in Massachusetts and Western Montana. 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 II certified equipment operator with a decade of experience. He is a construction project manager at Watershed, leading projects from forest thinning and logging to stream restoration.
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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.