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has over 5 years of professional experience including wetland restoration planning, assessment, and delineation working in wetland systems in the northeast, midwest, and now the west.  

Brian D Sullivan is the Biological Team Leader/Science Coordinator with the Playa Lakes Joint Venture, a bird conservation partnership working in 6 states in the Southern Great Plains.  He coordinates biological planning, monitoring, evaluation and research activities, including wetlands mapping and status/trends assessment.  Previously he worked as a self-employed consultant, publisher, and freelance author, and in waterfowl management and research positions in Texas, Missouri, and Wisconsin.  A native of southwest Minnesota, Brian holds degrees from the University of Minnesota - Duluth and Iowa State University.

Richard Sumner is the Regional Liaison for EPA's National Wetlands Program. He works at EPA's “Ecology” Laboratory in Corvallis, Oregon on behalf of the ten EPA Regional Offices and for the Agency's Office of Water.  Rich spent 11 years in Philadelphia and Anchorage managing wetlands regulatory issues and NEPA/EIS related projects. For the last 17 years he has worked from Corvallis to expand the role that science plays in wetlands and watershed management at all levels of government. This technology transfer is accomplished through the production of EPA-sponsored collaborative science projects, including wetland monitoring and assessment activity. He holds college degrees in geology and environmental science.

Jack Tidwell is a Manager of Environment and Development at the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG).  He is a graduate of Texas A&M University with B.S. degree in Bioenvironmental Science and a M.U.P. in Urban and Regional Planning.  Since starting at NCTCOG, Jack’s work has centered on watershed/ floodplain management issues and community development.  Other professional interests of Jack include environmental policy and land use law

Robert B. Tiedemann is a nationally recognized ecologist and a consultant to public, private, and non-governmental organization projects throughout the West.  He distinguishably served the Idaho Transportation Department as their senior ecologist from 1978 to 1991 and is one of the founders and a principal of Ecological Design, Inc.  Rob is a Certified Professional Wetland Scientist (CPWS), Certified Wetland Delineator (CWD), Certified Fisheries Scientist (CFS), and Certified Wildlife Biologist (CWB).  He served as chairperson for the National Academy of Science - Transportation Research Board committee for investigating the use of remote sensing and other technologies for the identification and classification of wetlands. His work has been recognized by the Federal Highway Administration, Idaho Division Office with their Environmental Excellence Award (March 1997).  He has been featured in the Idaho Public Television production Idaho Outdoors.

Rob is one of the principal authors of the Boise River System Ordinance, a past member of the Boise River 2000 Advisory Council, and a contributor to the comprehensive plans of the cities of Boise and Eagle.  He most recently was a selected member of the faculty for the Lorman Educational Services professional seminar titled, Navigating Federal and State Laws Regulating Development in Rivers, Riparian Areas, and Wetlands in Idaho and guest lectured to University of Idaho Urban Research Design Center architectural students on the ecological values of wildlife corridors and methods of restoring them in urban environments.

Rob's efforts to develop and use wetland banks as a mitigation alternative earned him the 1990 US Environmental Protection Agency / Environmental Law Institute - National Wetlands Newsletter annual award for outstanding individual contribution to wetland conservation. Rob is the principal author of the Idaho Interagency Wetland Banking Agreement (1985) and the State of Washington Wetland Compensation Bank Program Memorandum of Agreement (1988).

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