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Environmental Management and Regulatory Compliance

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Who we are

Laura Newgard, PWS

Education

M.S. Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences (1984) - Texas A & M University
B.S. Forestry/Wildlife Management (1982) - Purdue University

Professional Certifications

Professional Wetland Scientist (SWS)
Qualified Bog Turtle Surveyor in New York & New Jersey (USFWS)

Recognized Qualified Indiana Bat/Northern Long-Eared Bat Surveyor; NJ

Certified Wildlife Biologist (CWB)

Federal Manual for Identifying and Delineating Wetlands (Rutgers University) 

NJDEP qualified Venomous Snake Monitor (Tertiary)

NJDEP qualified Wood Turtle Monitor

Threatened and Endangered Species in New Jersey: Regulations, Identification
and Assessment (Rutgers University)
BCI Bat Conservation and Management Workshop 
Interagency Consultation for Endangered Species (USFWS) 

Areas of Expertise 

Wetlands, and Terrestrial Ecology
Threatened and Endangered Species
Wetlands Construction and Restoration
Environmental Impact Assessment and Mitigation Planning
Project Management
Expert Testimony

Summary of Experience

Ms. Newgard is a Vice President with EcolSciences, Inc. Her expertise lies in the identification and evaluation of land for the presence/absence of rare wildlife and plant resources, including habitat assessments and species-specific surveys; and providing guidance on the preservation and protection of these terrestrial, wetland, and aquatic ecosystem through environmental planning and construction monitoring.

 

Ms. Newgard's responsibilities include: wildlife and plant surveys; threatened and endangered species studies; delineating wetland systems based on the Federal "three‑parameter" methodology; the preparation of wetland and habitat mitigation plans to compensate for unavoidable disturbances to natural systems; and preparation of environmental impact assessments.  Ms. Newgard has conducted threatened and endangered species surveys at the request of the United States

 

Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP), United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), National Park Service (NPS), New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC), and New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYCDEP). In addition, Ms. Newgard has been involved with permit acquisition including nationwide permits from the Army Corp of Engineers and wetland permits from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP).