Gary Lester

Gary S. Lester

Biologist, Botanist

Mr. Lester has over 30 years of experience in rare plant surveys, and 20 years of experience in wildlife surveys and wetlands investigations. He also has experience in preparing noise studies and investigations. Mr. Lester has extensively surveyed in Sonoma, Lake, Monterey, Mendocino, Trinity, Humboldt, and Del Norte counties in the past 20 years, including having assisted Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District (HBMWD), the City of Eureka, Chevron USA, City of Arcata, Humboldt Bay Harbor Recreation and Conservation District, and Green Diamond Resource Company with biological surveys, wetlands, and permitting. Mr. Lester has worked closely with agencies such as U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife and the California Coastal Commission to analyze, monitor, and prepare mitigation plans for numerous projects, of which a summary is provided below. 


Areas of Expertise

Sensitive Plant Surveys

Wetland Delineations

Wildlife Biology

Botany and Ethnobotany

Noise Studies

Education

BA Botany, Humboldt State University, CA

Professional Memberships

California Birds Records Committee –Member of the Western Field Ornithologists – 1994-95,

Publications

Black Crowberry (Empetrum nigrum) in Humboldt County, CA. Madrono, 1976.

Catalog of Seabird Colonies, US Fish & Wildlife Service. 1980

Common Spoonwort (Cochlearia officinalis) in California. Madrono. 1981.

Birds of Redwood National and State Parks. 2006

Select Project Experience

Rare Plant Surveys and Wetlands Delineation for Proposed Subdivisions – Green Diamond Resources Company – Del Norte County, California. 

Mr. Lester was the principal botanist responsible for rare plant surveys, wetland delineation, and stream transition line surveys. Mr. Lester surveyed over 40 acres of timberlands and attended field agency review of findings.


Rare Plant Survey, Wetlands, and Stream Transition Line Identification for Proposed Subdivisions – Green Diamond Resource Company – Eureka, California.

As the principal botanist for the project, Mr. Lester surveyed approximately 60 acres of timberland.


Protocol Surveys for Corvids for a Proposed Development – Save the Redwoods League and Green Diamond Resources Company – Orick, California.

Co-operative research developed with Redwood National Park, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and Humboldt State University. 2-year study and ongoing.


Rare Plant and Northern Spotted Owl Surveys for a Proposed Care Center – Hospice of Humboldt – Eureka, California.

As the principal biologist for the project, Mr. Lester surveyed approximately 20 acres of timberland.


Rare Plant and Biological Surveys for a Proposed Residence – Private Landowner – Napa, California.

Mr. Lester was the principal biologist for the project, and he surveyed approximately 20 acres of oak woodland and chaparral.


Rare Plant Surveys and Wetland Delineation for a Proposed Development – Redwood Parks Lodge Company – Orick, California.

Mr. Lester was the principal botanist responsible for rare plant surveys, stream transition line, and wetland delineations for 100 acres of grassland, riparian, and forest habitats.


Biological Survey for Fee to Trust Land Acquisition – Berry Creek Rancheria – Oroville, California.

Mr. Lester was the principal biologist responsible for surveying 70 acres of valley grassland, chaparral, and pine-oak woodlands.


Stream Classification Surveys for Numerous Vintners and Shelter Cove Recreation Improvement District #1 – Mendocino and Humboldt Counties, California.

As the principal biologist for these projects, Mr. Lester was responsible for determining biological significance and streamflow classification.


Ethnobotany Surveys for the Veteran’s Cemetery – Yurok Tribe – Klamath, California.

Mr. Lester provided enthnobotany surveys for the Yurok Tribe’s Veterans Cemetery, including scoping appropriate plants for the cultural landscape, drought-tolerant species, and locating native plant nurseries. In collaboration with LACO’s design staff, Mr. Lester helped design a landscape plan and planting schedule.


Protocol surveys for Willow Flycatcher and Yellow-billed Cuckoo within approximately 5 miles of riparian habitat of the Salt River in Ferndale California.


Bird monitoring on Eel River gravel bar at Fernbridge including the first documentation of nesting Snowy Plover in Humboldt County, away from the coast.


Corvid surveys for proposed Redwood Parks Lodge, including three Redwood National Park survey sites, Orick,  California.


Biological Assessment of Western Snowy Plover on Lower Eel River for gravel extraction 5-year operating agreement, submitted to US Army Corps of Engineers.


Northern Spotted Owl survey and site waiver from Calfire, Hospice of Humboldt Campus, Eureka California.

Syar Quarry, wildlife surveys, and rare plant population documentation, Napa, California.


Rare plant survey and wetlands consultation, gravel extraction site, Garcia River, Mendocino County, Point Arena,  California.


Rare plant and wildlife surveys on McKinleyville properties for proposed housing plans and/or future road construction. Over 100 acres and 6 miles of road were surveyed.

Protocol surveys for Willow Flycatcher and Yellow-billed Cuckoo within approximately 5 miles of riparian habitat of the Salt River in Ferndale, California.

Bird monitoring on Eel River gravel bar at Fernbridge including the first documentation of nesting Snowy Plover in Humboldt County, away from the coast.

Biological survey of Southern Pacific Transportation Company Humboldt Bay Waterfront property, Eureka, California. Was Principal Botanist responsible for plant survey, document preparation, and field marking hydrophytic plant vegetation.

Biological survey of the proposed Hayfork Wastewater Treatment Plant in Trinity County, California. Rare plant surveys were conducted over approximately 150 acres of mixed forest, chaparral, and open grasslands.

Biological Survey of the former Southern Pacific Transportation Company Railroad Yard Site, Eureka, California. Principal Botanist for vegetation survey including plant species list, field checking previous wetland delineation, and document preparation.

Surveys for a number of federal Category 2 plant and animal species (Snowy Plover, Burrowing Owl) for an 800-acre subdivision, Del Norte County, California.

Rare plant surveys for the proposed expansion of the Susanville Corrections Facility wastewater treatment plant, 250 acres, Lassen County, California.

Rare plant surveys, including comprehensive species inventories, on nine sites totaling 700 acres for wastewater treatment plant project, Lake County, California.

Rare plant survey/riparian corridor inventory of Putah Creek for proposed municipal water well, Lake County, California.

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