Projects

MAJOR PROFESSIONAL PROJECTS/PUBLICATIONS

1976 - Los Angeles County Significant Ecological Area Study

1996 - Orange County Transportation Authority Foothill Transportation-South Natural Environment Study

2000 - Los Angeles County Significant Ecological Area Study Update

2004 - City of Chino Preserve Resources Management Plan Mitigation Fee Nexus Study

2004 – present Lytle Creek Ranch Specific Plan CEQA-level Biological Resources Assessment, Section 7 Draft Biological Assessment, and Draft Habitat Mitigation and Management Plan

2019 - A Conservation Strategy for the Lytle-Cajon Creek Area (Received Outstanding Award for an Environmental Resource Document from the California Association of Environmental Professionals)

2020 - City of Chino Draft Preserve Resources Management Plan Mitigation Fee Nexus Study Update

Professional Testimonials

" Among the many biological consultants in the environmental industry, Steve has an unparalleled ability to cut to the core of issues in dispute. Moreover, he establishes his positions on such matters based on diligent contextual research and analysis within parameters of reason and objectivity regardless of surrounding controversy. He is diligent and responsive which is always appreciated by those of us who are in need of his work product."

Benjamin M. Reznik | Chairman of Government, Land Use, Environment & Energy Department - Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP

" I have had the pleasure of working closely with Steve on a variety of environmental, land use planning and permitting matters over the course of more than 25 years. Steve has consistently provided top-notch biological consulting services, expertise and a practical, problem-solving approach to those projects."

Andrew Hartzell - Partner, Environmental, Land Use and Natural Resources Law - O'Neil LLP

" I have worked with Steve on several significant real estate development projects over the years. His knowledge and experience was of great value to the development team, and I personally valued his judgment and advice that he brought to the table."

Susan Hori - Partner Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP - Park Tower

" Of all the commissions in all the cities I worked for during my 30-year career, Steve was among the most effective leaders I have ever had the privilege of collaborating with. His insightfulness and fair-minded approach ensured mutual respect among his colleagues, staff, the development community and Diamond Bar’s citizens. Steve’s expertise in biology and resource management has been tremendously beneficial to Diamond Bar by helping ensure that the development projects approved in the City were both high quality and environmentally sound. Any team that includes Steve will benefit greatly from his wise counsel."

Greg Gubman, AICP - Community Development Director - City of Diamond Bar

"  For more than 20 years Steve has been the number one go-to resource for me in all matters biological and natural resources. He is imaginative and yet pragmatic and realistic. He is a true, yet practical, environmentalist with a mind and a manner to achieve vibrant plans that work for all of us"

Richard Douglass - President - Trumark Homes / Communities - Southern California

" Steve Nelson is my favorite Consulting Biologist. He is proactive, ambitious, committed and creative. A detail oriented team player. He possesses a winning combination of solid technical skills and business sense. I have learned a great deal from him. He has always added value and I have no doubt that I will be working with Steve once again in the future"

Eric Nelson - Vice President - Community Development - Trumark Homes