Dogwood Drip

Paula Hartman


Ms. Hartman is a natural resources specialist and also a trained environmental lawyer, with over 20 years of experience as a resources planner, biologist, and attorney. Her skills apply broadly to natural resources planning, environmental impact documentation, permitting, and biological resource assessment. As President of TRA, she works closely with clients, TRA staff, local government, and agencies to ensure timely production of documents that thoroughly evaluate projects and provide workable mitigation strategies.

Ms. Hartman utilizes her multi-disciplinary education and experience to coordinate and complete complex projects. Her specialty is the biological aspect of regulatory compliance, which she applies to NEPA and CEQA documentation, endangered species consultations, habitat conservation plans, mitigation and monitoring plans, and resolving issues between clients and agencies. Her work has focused on preparing and managing ISs, EIRs, and HCPs as well as coastal development permitting and compliance and drafting and implementing regulations. She has also contributed extensively to natural environmental studies for Caltrans, preparation and review of NEPA documents, and consultation under section 106 of the Natural Historic Preservation Act.


Managing preparation of the Oceano Dunes District HCP and the associated EIS/EIR for California State Parks. Assists with extensive public outreach, permit compliance, scientific advisory and stakeholder committees, and coordination with state and federal wildlife agency and California Coastal Commission staff.

Program manager for regulatory assistance to California State Parks. Work includes preparing EIRs, ISs and other CEQA support, grant program environmental review, development and application of regulations, document review, HCP development support, and permitting assistance.

Overall manager of CEQA compliance and coordination with California State Parks on the 28,000 acre Eastern Kern County Property Acquisition Project. In support of the acquisition, assists with outreach and collaboration with partners and stakeholders in the project area, including BLM, USFS, Department of Defense, grazing interests, and non-profits.

Assisted with the Placer County Conservation Plan, an HCP/NCCP. The current planning phase covers almost 270,000 acres in western Placer County.

Assisted the Santa Clara Valley Water District with finalizing its Stream Maintenance Program. The project involved preparing an EIR and detailed Best Management Practices and formulating methodology to assess impacts from bank protection measures.

Worked on a programmatic EIR for the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District for expansion of the District’s Boundary and Sphere of Influence into 140,000 acres of unincorporated western San Mateo County. The large, undeveloped nature of the area raised a range of resource issues and required extensive coastal community outreach.

Other projects have included EIRs for the Terman Middle School Reopening and Serramonte Condominiums and Hotel Projects, environmental documentation for a watershed planning study/flood control project and highway improvement projects in Santa Clara County, and a draft HCP for a 575-acre residential golf project in San Jose.

Educational Background

University of California, Davis, School of Law
Juris Doctor
Member, State Bar of California

California State University, Humboldt
Bachelor of Science, Natural Resources Planning and Interpretation