STRATEGIC ECOLOGY & MANAGEMENT, LLC
CA Certified SBE #1755897
Strategic Ecology & Management, LLC (SE&M) is a highly-specialized and narrowly-focused consulting firm, dedicated to the craft of solving complex mitigation requirements. Richard “Skip” Moss is SE&M’s Principal Conservation Ecologist, with over twelve years of experience in the field of mitigation planning and development, land management and ecological consulting.
Skip Moss has entitled over twenty separate conservation banks and custom mitigation projects, resulting in the permanent protection of over 17,000 acres of endangered species and wetland habitat. He is familiar with habitat types and mitigation requirements throughout California, the Pacific Northwest and Nevada. Mitigation projects include habitat for many of the West’s most threatened and endangered species, including blunt-nosed leopard lizard, California tiger salamander, Coachella valley fringe-toed lizard, Couch’s spadefoot toad, desert tortoise, Mojave fringe-toed lizard, western spadefoot toad, giant kangaroo rat, San Joaquin kit fox, San Bernardino kangaroo rat, Tipton kangaroo rat, golden eagle, Swainson’s hawk, western burrowing owl, conservancy fairy shrimp, mid-valley fairy shrimp, valley elderberry longhorn beetle, vernal pool fairy shrimp, vernal pool tadpole shrimp, Bakersfield cactus, Greene’s and Santa Ana River woollystar. Skip has also developed projects with wetland mitigation components, including vernal pool preservation and restoration, waters of the State, waters of the U.S. and wetlands.
Skip has worked extensively with project proponents in the energy and transmission sectors, housing sector, real estate development sector, transportation sector and the military to develop mitigation projects that help clients fulfill state and federal permit requirements. He has also worked with individual land owners to permit mitigation and conservation banks, building value on new or existing land holdings. This diverse client list has led to exposure to a wide variety of project constraints and regulatory agencies throughout California and allowed Skip to hone the collaborative process and negotiating skills required to achieve successful mitigation projects. As a component of finding suitable mitigation properties, Skip has developed skills in real-estate acquisition, constraints analyses, conservation easement development and endowment calculation and development.
Skip is involved with several community and professional organizations including the Association of Environmental Professionals, the Wildlife Society and the Tulare Basin Wildlife Partners. Skip is currently the Past President of the San Joaquin Chapter of the Wildlife Society and while President, the Chapter was honored as the Western Section Chapter of the Year. Skip, his wife and business partner Sommer and their two children live in Clovis, CA.
References available upon request.
Education and Publications
Richard "Skip" Moss
Masters of Science – Biology, California State University Fresno, 2005
Bachelors of Science – Zoology, University of California Santa Barbara, 2001
Minor – History of Art and Architecture, University of California Santa Barbara, 2001
Moss, R.C., et. al., 2009, Emergent Insect Production in Post-Harvest Flooded Agricultural Fields Used by Waterbirds. Wetlands, 29: 875-883.