Phyllis M Faber has worked as a wetland field biologist monitoring wetlands in San Francisco Bay for over thirty years and has written two wetland field guides for plant identification. She has also worked as an educator, as a founder of the Environmental Forum of Marin , and as an instructor at both the college of Marin and the University of California Extension program. She currently serves as Series Editor for the Natural History Series for the University of California Press and has authored several books including California's Wild Gardens (1997). Phyllis is the co-founder of the Marin Agricultural Land Trust (MALT), which has protected over 40% of Marin's farm land through conservation easements that run in perpetuity. She currently serves on the MALT Board.
Glen Holstein first learned about California's plants and wildlife in the chaparral and deserts of southern California. That inspired him to get a degree in biology at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and then go on to graduate school in botany at UC Davis in the great days when Ledyard Stebbins, Dan Axelrod, Jack Major, and Grady Webster were there. He took a few years off to help found the California Natural Diversity Data Base, participate in creation of the Cosumnes, Cold Canyon, Nipomo Dunes, and Carrizo Plains reserves, and do a chapter on riparian biogeography for Warner & Hendrix's California Riparian Systems before completing his PhD with a dissertation on climatic influence on plant physiognomy across world biomes.
Academic jobs were scarce by then, but a project to help identify a plant collection began a career as consulting environmental scientist with Zentner & Zentner Inc. providing more opportunity to see California plants and vegetation in the field than is available to most academics.
During that time he grouped rare plants in San Francisco Bay area vegetation types for the Estuary Goals Project, wrote one of the first peer-reviewed articles questioning California's bunchgrass paradigm, and updated his riparian biogeography article for Phyllis Faber's new edition of California Riparian Systems.
Glen first became a CNPS member soon after it was founded in the nineteen-seventies and when he retired from Zentner & Zentner he became an active CNPS volunteer. Starting first as Sacramento Valley Chapter Botanist he soon became its Chapter Council Delegate and then a member of its state Board of Directors while also serving on boards of Yolo County's Conservation Plan, Tuleyome, Habitat 2020, and the Zentner Trust. Recent projects included guest editing and writing 3 articles for a 2011 issue on California's prairies and grasslands for the CNPS journal Fremontia and a giving a talk on the subject for its 2015 San Jose Conservation Conference. For his conservation work Glen was named 2013 Environmentalist of the Year by the Environmental Council of Sacramento.
David Kelley, president of Kelley & Associates Environmental Sciences, Inc., in Winters, California, is a plant and soil scientist who has been involved in ecological assessment and habitat restoration for over thirty years. He picked up degrees in zoology (B.S 1970), and botany (M.S. 1974) at Texas Tech University, and plant physiology and soil science (Ph.Cand. 1977) at the University of California, Davis, on his way to starting his consulting firm in 1981 in Davis. Although he maintains that he has never had a career-track job, he has managed to spend time as a roughneck in the West Texas oilfields; teach upper division plant physiology atUCDavis; grow and export a few tons of asparagus from Peru; design and permit what was at the time the largest wetland mitigation project in the US west of the Mississippi (Kachituli Oxbow in western Yolo County); testify and provide consulting services as an expert on wetlands, soils, trees, and agricultural issues in Hong Kong, West Virginia, Hawaii, Belize, Mexico, and throughout California; and enjoy some time spent hunting and swimming across most of the US. Along the way he has served as an officer of the Soil and Water Conservation Society, the Society for Range Management, Professional Soil Scientists Association of California, the California Native Grasslands Association, and other professional organizations, and he has had the privilege and pleasure of teaching way too many short courses on soils, wetlands, and trees to resource professionals in several states. As president of Tuscan, Inc., a non-profit foundation he founded in 1991, he manages and is the principle scientist for a large vernal pool mitigation and research site in Butte County. He brings to the Board of The Restoration Trust a real and long-standing interest in the conservation and management of natural resources
David Moser is an environmental and natural resources attorney, and founding partner of the firm Ebbin Moser + Skaggs LLp in San Francisco. Prior to forming EM+S he practiced for 15 years with the 300-attorney firm of McCutchen, Doyle, Brown & Enersen where he was a Partner and head of the Natural Resources Practice. His law practice focuses on endangered species, wetlands, water pollution, environmental compliance, and site remediation issues, both in California and throughout the western states. He works closely with property developers, energy companies, utilities, resource users, universities, manufacturers, and local governments in identifying and achieving compliance with applicable regulatory requirements. He also represents such clients in proceedings before numerous state (e.g., State Water Resources Control Board, Regional Water Quality Control Boards, Department of Fish and Wildlife) and federal (e.g., Fish and Wildlife Service, National Marine Fisheries Service, Army Corps of Engineers, EPA, Bureau of Land Management) agencies. He is widely recognized as a leading practitioner under the Endangered Species Act. Prior to attending law school, David worked in the Enforcement Division of the Environmental Protection Agency in San Francisco. He received his B.S. degree in Natural Resources from the University of California, Berkeley, and his J.D. with honors from the University of Oregon. He was appointed by the President of the American Bar Association to serve on the ABA's 12-member Standing Committee on Environmental Law. He recently served as Chair of the Advisory Board for the U.C. Berkeley College of Natural Resources. Each year since 2004 he has been named in Super Lawyers magazine (a Thompson Reuters publication) as a "Super Lawyer", an honor bestowed on the top 5% of attorneys in Northern California following a nomination, peer voting, internal research and blue ribbon review process. The results are also published by San Francisco magazine. He is also listed in Who's Who Legal (2013/2014 London) as one of the top environmental attorneys in the world.
David Self - Botanist / Ecologist / Artist. Nurtured on berry collecting, fishing, beach combing, hiking and other wild pursuits – Dave has worked some 30 years in ecological restoration as a professional botanist, including the last 20 years with Zentner & Zentner, a restoration firm. He helped found the Restoration Trust, was a founder and served as President for the Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge Association, and served as President of the California Chapter of the Society for Ecological Restoration. Dave has also volunteered many hundreds of hours as a naturalist and as a cultural demonstrator. A consistent thread that runs thru 50 years of Dave's work, school, play, volunteering and art, is the vital importance of nature-based culture (art, craft, cooking, story, tradition ... ) in reconnecting people with plants and place thru stewardship of wild useful plants. It's not unusual for Dave to show up at potlucks and other gatherings with an offering of wild salad, acorn bread or other wild treat – as tangible lessons that the world tastes good if you take care and pay attention, and that there is an active, positive role for people to play in caring for the wild world.
John Zentner is a plant ecologist by training with an avid interest in habitat restoration. John completed degrees at the University of California at Santa Barbara and the University of Oregon as well as post-graduate training at the University of Oslo. He was the first restoration ecologist hired by the US National Park Service (1978, Death Valley National Monument) and worked with President Carter's staff on early recognition and protection of wetlands. He later became part of the first wetlands team at the Coastal Commission, authoring the restoration element of the Commission's Wetland Guidelines and served as the Coastal Conservancy Enhancement Program manager before returning to consulting. In 1986, he formed Zentner and Zentner, specializing in complex multi-purpose habitat restoration projects. He has also been President of the Western Chapter of the Society of Wetland Scientists, the Chair of the Implementation Committee of the San Francisco Bay Habitat Joint Venture and has published extensively on habitat-related issues. John was one of the original founding Board members of The Restoration Trust and is presently the chairman of the Board.