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Dogwood Drip

Sara Jones

Senior Biologist/Senior Analyst/GIS Analyst

Joining TRA in 2006, Ms. Jones has a background in environmental policy, GIS, ecology, and watershed science. Ms. Jones specializes in analyzing potential project impacts on biological resources, including wetlands and threatened or endangered species and Species of Concern. She has extensive experience applying GIS technologies to biological resources evaluation, impact analyses, and environmental management, NEPA/CEQA analysis, and geospatial data management for a variety of projects throughout California.

Ms. Jones has field experience in surveys and identification of wildlife and plants, wetland delineations, field sampling, threatened and endangered wildlife surveys, and Biological Assessments (BAs), as well as experience obtaining CWA Section 404 and 401 permits, CDFG Consultations and Streambed Alteration Agreements. Her expertise includes National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) regulations, procedures, and documentation production. She is an experienced project manager and has supervised field crews in data collection, species identification, and data reporting on various biological elements such as wildlife, vegetation, and water quality.

Highlights


California Department of Parks and Recreation’s Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Division is currently proposing the purchase of 28,000 acres in the Mojave Desert. Ms. Jones is managing the Biological Resource surveys and personnel, consulting with natural resource agencies, and is the coordinating author of the Biological Resources chapter of the Eastern Kern County Property Acquisition Draft EIR.

San Benito County updated their General Plan and Ms. Jones was lead author for the County’s Biological Resources chapter and developed the accompanying maps of the 2035 San Benito County General Plan Draft Program EIR. The chapter identified mitigation measures to the General Plan that could reduce or avoid environmental impact to the natural environment as the County converts rural land to urban uses.

Experienced in working within the Coastal Zone. Collaborated on constraints analyses, biological reports, and wetland delineations on the San Mateo County coast in support of rural residential housing, pipelines, and bridges.

Prepared biological analysis for Trinity County Resource Conservation District Westside Watershed Restoration Project IS/MND involving decommissioning of 48 miles of forest road segments in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest.

Prepared the biological chapter of the Over Snow Vehicle Snow Program EIR for California State Parks. Project involved maintaining 1761 miles of winter groomed trails for motorized use in 11 national forests throughout California. Work required coordination with U.S. Forest Service biologists and GIS staff, mapping trail routes and sensitive biological resources, and assessing biological impacts of winter motorized recreation in study area.

Prepared the permit package application for a fuels management plan for a property owned by the Peninsula Open Space District (POST). This required coordination with USFWS and CDFG.

Performed numerous biological assessments in a variety of habitats and has compiled lists of potentially-occurring special-status species. She has written mitigation and monitoring plans for the creation and/or enhancement of wetland, oak, riparian, and grassland habitats, and has provided monitoring and year-end reporting services for mitigation plans.

Performed restoration and construction monitoring for a variety of projects including OHV trail construction and restoration.

Experienced in research and assessment of existing conditions and environmental impacts of activities to the natural and human environment; assessing wildlife corridor impacts; performing habitat assessments for rare and endangered species including California red-legged frog, California tiger salamander, western pond turtle, and a variety of plant species; wetland delineations.

Performed numerous biological assessments in a variety of habitats and has compiled lists of potentially-occurring special-status species. She has written mitigation and monitoring plans for the creation and/or enhancement of wetland, riparian, and grassland habitats, and has provided monitoring and year-end reporting services for mitigation plans. She has performed restoration and construction monitoring.

Educational Background


University of Montana, Missoula
Master of Science, Environmental Studies

University of Colorado, Boulder
Bachelor of Arts, Environmental, Population, and Organismic Biology and English Literature

Professional Training


Trained Wetland Delineator, National Wetland Science Training Cooperative with a focus on the Arid West and Western Mountains, Valleys and Coast Region Supplements.