Dogwood Drip

Thomas Reid

Senior Consultant

Mr. Reid founded the firm in 1972. He has participated in much of its technical work and managed the performance of work on over 300 environmental impact assessments and other technical studies. Mr. Reid has extensive experience in public representation of TRA’s work products. He is skilled at communicating in meetings and public hearings, and has a well-earned reputation for excellence of communication in the public forum and for technical input to conflict resolution.

Beginning with the San Bruno Mountain HCP in 1983, Mr. Reid developed a specialty in regional conservation planning, going on to direct several HCPs and to assist the State with the Southern California Coastal Sage Scrub NCCP and the Headwaters Redwood (Pacific Lumber) HCP. After stepping down as firm president in 2005, Mr. Reid focused on conservation planning and is now engaged in the Western Placer County HCP/NCCP.


Directing preparation of the Placer County HCP/NCCP. Primary facilitator working with County, resource agencies, and private landowners to establish development and conservation areas within the Sacramento Valley historic floodplain. Also modeling habitat loss and mitigation requirements for the plan area for a variety of future growth scenarios.

Oversees air quality modeling studies from data collection to plume dispersion analysis. Projects include Quail Hollow Quarry, Bonny Doon Quarry, USS-POSCO Steel Mill, Aromas San Juan School District, Guadalupe Valley Quarry, RMC Cement Plant Material Storage Facility, Yuba Goldfields Operating Engineers Training Center, and Hollister Sand Plant.

Conducted Air Quality, Greenhouse Gas, and Energy Assessment for California State Parks’ annual Over Snow Vehicle Program. Project involves plowing and grooming equipment operations and snowmobile use on 26 trail systems in 11 national forests through California.

Oversees on-site noise impact analyses using sound level meters as well as computer-modeling traffic-related noise impacts with noise models developed by Caltrans. Noise study projects include: Montezuma II Wind Energy Project, Lowes Facility, Yuba Goldfields Operating Engineers Training Center, Andreini Brothers Property, Berryessa Road Materials Recycling Plant, Hickey Boulevard Extension, Hollister Motorcycle Classic Event, San Mateo Skateboard Park, San Mateo Regency Plaza, and Sand Hill Road.

Directed technical staff in developing three-dimensional terrain grid models useful in demonstrating impacts to viewshed from the perspective of sensitive receptors and alternative project design possibilities. Visual studies include: Serramonte Condominiums, Burlingame Holiday Inn, RMC Cement Plant Material Storage Facility, Burlingame Storage Facility, Crespi School Site, Phillips-Brooks School Site, Sunshine Condominium Project, Castlewood Tract 6130, and a private residence in Half Moon Bay.

Served as the primary facilitator working with the State Resources Agency and private participants involved in the Headwaters Forest project, which is the last privately held old-growth forest in Humboldt County, California. Served as scientific advisor to review the preparation of the Sustained Yield Plan, Habitat Conservation Plan and EIR/EIS.

Educational Background

Yale University, New Haven, CT
Bachelor of Science, Chemistry

Stanford University, Stanford, CA
Graduate study in Biology
National Science Foundation graduate fellowship

Professional Societies

Member, Association of Environmental Professionals