Our team is driven by passion.

Since our inception, we have hired an exceptional crew of ecologists, engineers, and administrative staff to best serve our clients.

President and ecologist

Jim Lovell

A nationally-recognized stream restoration specialist, Jim’s experience includes the biological and geomorphic assessments of stream channels, the design, permitting, and construction of fish habitat, the restoration for threatened and endangered species, and the relocation of streams and rivers.

Jim Lovell

Mike Sanctuary

Rich McEldowney

Jim Johnson

Ronda Burns

Ty Traxler

Robin Jones

Mark Story

Debbie Barnett

Caroline Stanley

Ryan L. Quire

Principal stream group lead

Mike Sanctuary

Mike has 17 years of experience specializing in hydrology, goemorphology, and fishery management. After obtaining his master’s degree in environmental studies from the University of Montana, Mike joined our team, focusing his career on aquatic habitats and water quality restoration. Mike currently manages the stream mitigation monitoring contract for the Montana Department of Transportation. Through this contract, he works toward the eradication of Eurasian watermilfoil from the upper Missouri River.

principal riparian ecologist

Rich McEldowney, PWS

A certified professional wetland scientist (#1439) with 25 years of experience, Rich has managed and contributed to riparian, wetland, floodplain, and stream-related projects through Montana and the Rocky Mountain West. Rich specializes in ecosystem functional assessment and restoration with considerable experience in wetland and riparian habitat restoration and revegetation, stream assessments, wetland and riparian buffers, plant and wildlife surveys, quality monitoring, management plans, construction oversight, and environmental permitting.

GIS Database quality manager

Jim Johnson

Jim Johnson has over 20 years of experience managing complex spatial and non-spatial relational databases. Jim began his GIS career in 1992 with the University of Montana’s Riparian Wetland Research Program. Since 1996, he has provided efficient GIS solutions to government and industry through interdisciplinary consulting firms focused on minesite and riverine / riparian zone remediation.

water resource engineer and hydrologist

Ronda Burns, PE

Ronda Burns has 18 years of consulting and agency experience in water resource engineering. She holds an M.S. in civil engineering from Colorado State University, where her research focused on a regional rainfall frequency analysis of the Palmer Divide. Ronda specializes in hydrology, hydraulics, geomorphology, and sediment transport modeling. Her experience includes bridge hydraulics and scour, river and stream restoration, floodplain management, and water quality projects.

lead water resource engineer

Ty Traxler, PE

Ty Traxler has a diverse background with 13 years of experience in civil engineering and water resource engineering. His experience includes stream and wetland restoration, pond design, storm water analysis and design, irrigation system analysis and design, 1D and 2D hydraulic modeling, and environmental and floodplain permitting. Ty spends his free time in the mountains or on the rivers with his family, or following the noses of his dogs, Gus and Betty, chasing wild birds.

aquatic ecologist

Robin Jones

Robin Jones is an accomplished ecologist with 11 years of experience working in both terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. Much of Robin’s technical background is in assessment and monitoring of aquatic ecosystems, though she also has experience in GIS and mapping, weed control, revegetation, fisheries management, and statistical analyses. Robin has provided coordination and technical support to a large number of public and private partners and has hired, trained, and managed numerous field crews.

hydrologist and air quality specialist

Mark Story

Mark is a retired U.S. Forest Service hydrologist, serving 38 years with four national forests. In addition to a wide variety of hydrologic assessment and monitoring experience, he has provided air quality monitoring services to multiple Forest Service regions. Mark has extensive experience in EIS/NEPA, watershed analysis, air quality analysis, water rights, watershed rehabilitation, and wildfire rehabilitation.

Office administrator

Debbie Barnett

Debbie Barnett’s 25 years of office experience includes human resources, payroll, accounts payable and recievable, scheduling, inventory and supplies, vendor and contractor relations, coordination and special events, and other general office duties. Additionally, Debbie has held the title of assistant project manager for a land developer, serving as a liaison between engineers, architects, county planners, legal counsel, contractors, and governmental agencies. Debbie has called the Valley home for fifteen years, where skiing, backpacking, and camping are ways of life. When not out exploring, Debbie enjoys traveling to visit her children and two beautiful granddaughters.

engineering technician

Caroline Stanley

Caroline Stanley has 5 years of professional experience performing field and office studies related to watershed restoration projects. She has been involved in multiple stages of restoration including geomorphic and site assessment, erosion and sediment control plan development, hydraulic and hydrologic modeling, permitting, and post-construction monitoring. Caroline is currently working toward an additional degree in civil engineering at Montana State University.

wetland scientist and botanist

Ryan Quire

With 11 years of experience as an accomplished botanist, wetland scientist, and resource management specialist, Ryan Quire has led projects assessing range land health in the western U.S., conducted ethnobotanical and rare plant surveys for both state and federal agencies, created and implemented revegetation designs and noxious weed management plans, and completed wetland delineations across Nevada, Montana, and Wyoming. Ryan is proficient in native plant restoration protocols, creating cost-effective revegetation plans, plant identification using dichotomous keys, GIS mapping and design, and the use of ArcGIS.