- Avoid, or resolve, environmental concerns.
- Justify dismissal of appeals and legal challenges.
- Manage, analyze, and report permit compliance data.
- Eliminate avoidable environmental costs.
- By providing expert opinions in litigation.
- By providing expert science in written comments and oral testimony on proposed statutes and regulations.
I recently retained Rich Shepard and Applied Ecosystem Services, Inc. to consult in litigation involving complicated water issues. Rich researched the rainfall and water flow issues and developed a model that explained why my client was not at fault. Since the issues may arise again in the future, I cannot detail all that he did, but suffice it to say that he took a very complicated issue and put it into a form that I and a jury could understand. I also was impressed with Rich's work ethic. He provided timely reports and responded to questions promptly. I would not hesitate to hire Rich again in the future.
-- Timothy J. Heinson, Attorney at Law
Dr. Shepard was attentive to our needs and willing to work on the short time schedules dictated by the legislature. We really appreciated this, along with his knowledge about the aquatic environment and professionalism in meeting with the Legislative Committee Chairman to explain our response to a key study about fluoride and salmon in the Columbia River. His careful analysis and written report were persuasive.
I recommend his services without reservation to any organization facing complex, contentious, and emotional environmental issues. His objectivity and ability to find the critical flaws in the offered arguments can make all the difference.
-- Jane B. Myers, Dir. of Government Affairs, Oregon Dental Assoc.
We quickly recognized the value of Rich Shepard's contribution. With Rich's leadership and technical assistance, our coalition effectively conveyed to DEQ the many concerns of the wide range of agricultural operations potentially affected by the proposed regulations. The positive, fact-based approach represented in our comments showed DEQ where and how they could improve their data collection and analyses, which would ultimately support better agency decisions.
I recommend Rich Shepard and Applied Ecosystem Services to any company or organization in need of high quality scientific advice and guidance.
-- John Aquirre, Exec. Dir., Oregon Assoc. of Nurseries
In working with Dr. Shepard, I particularly appreciated his willingness to listen to and address our Department's concerns. He worked hard to address our concerns in a manner acceptable to our Department and his client. I am confident that his attention to detail will avoid future misunderstandings between our Department and his client.
Dr. Shepard's work was thorough and based on the best available scientific information. ... His written and oral communications is clear and concise.
-- Gail McEwen, Land Use Coord., Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife
Applied Ecosystem Services came very highly recommended to us by a variety of referrals and has not only proven to be a fruitful decision, but has shown us that your services have met their reputation.
-- Scott M. Andrews, General Manager, Columbia River Sand and Gravel
Your evaluation gave us an interpretation of the very technical and hard to understand information from the state report. Your report was in layman's terms. This clarified the report and helps the various policy-makers make more informed decisions.
-- Mike Propes, Polk County (OR) Commissioner
Thank you for the excellent work you performed preparing the 13-page environmental summary of the Coburg Power project. The report is clear and balanced. It synthesizes primary and secondary source materials and presents the information in the unbiased manner favored by environmental agencies.
I would recommend your services to anyone seeking high-quality work performed in a timely manner.
-- Gary P. Marcus, Vice President, Coburg Power, Inc.
Your promptness, professionalism, accuracy and sense of urgency earns you and your company great credit. All the material you produced was very clear and concise and all the various meetings we had both on the phone and in person were time efficient without being rushed."
-- Rick F. Lewis, President, Lewis Rock and Redi-Mix