How clients value my services:
"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 an unbiased manner
favored by environmental agencies. The report covers a wide range
of issues including:
- Siting the transmission line;
- Threatened and endangered species;
- Fish and wildlife conservation;
- Heritage conservation;
- Land use planning;
- Air pollution control;
- Waste water discharge;
- Solid and hazardous waste; and
- Recreational resources.
"I would recommend your services to anyone seeking high quality
work performed in a timely manner."
-- Gary P. Marcus, Vice President, Coburg Power
"I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for
your recent work with us on our mining permit for activities within
the Columbia River.
"It was after much deliberation that the decision to seek
outside consultation was made. 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 your
"Rich, your commitment to this project, work with the US Army
Corps of Engineers and other regulatory agencies combined with your knowledge
of fisheries and your provided graphic exhibits have proven to be invaluable
towards our acquisition of this permit.
"It has been my pleasure in working with you and I hope that we will have the
opportunity to work together on another project in the near
"Please feel free to use Columbia River Sand and Gravel for any
references that you may wish."
-- Scott M. Andrews, General Manager, Columbia River Sand
"The purpose of this letter is to thank you for the fine job you
did in building and explaining our storm and process water
management plan and our spill prevention and counter measures
plans. Although these plans were required by the E.P.A., I feel
they should be a natural process for any 'high' water use,
environmentally conscious company such as mine.
"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
"I would recommend your company to anyone requiring your special
talents and would be happy to talk with anyone regarding the work
you have done for my company."
-- Rick P. Lewis, President, Lewis Rock and
"I'm pleased to report on the very positive and
beneficial relationship we enjoyed with Rich Shepard of Applied
Ecosystem Services. The Oregon Association of Nurseries, working
with five other agricultural trade associations, hired Rich
Shepard to prepare written comments on draft Willamette River TMDL
regulations on behalf of a coalition of agricultural groups.
"As our coalition of agricultural interests considered how best
to respond to proposed Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
(DEQ) regulations, Rich carefully assess the concerns and
interests of all coalition members and he wisely advised us to
advance a positive, constructive position in our comments. His
review of DEQ's long and highly technical Willamette River TMDL
regulatory proposal revealed the document contained many
inconsistencies and insufficiencies in methods and data
collection. Consequently, our comments to DEQ proved valuable and
insightful and represented an important statement by the
agricultural community on principal components of the proposed
TMDL limits on mercury, temperature, and turbidity."
"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 presented in our
comments showed DEQ where and how they could improve their data
collection and analyses, which would ultimately support better
"I recommend Rich Shepard and Applied Ecosystem Services to any
company or organization of high quality scientific advice and
-- John Aquirre, Executive Director, Oregon Association of
"During the 2005 legislative session the Oregon Dental
Association and the Dentists of Oregon's Political Action Committee contracted
with Rich Shepard, PhD, for professional support. We asked for his help in
responding to the environmental issue that fluorides in river water harm
salmon, so potable water supplies should not be fluoridated for the documented
public health benefits.
"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 Committee
Chairman to explain our response to a key study about fluoride and
salmon in the Columbia River.
"This published research report by two NOAA Fisheries research
scientists claimed that fluorides from an aluminum plant in the
vicinity of the John Day Dam negatively affected the behavior of
adult salmon returning from the ocean. decreased their
reproductive abilities, and even killed fish. Rich read the paper
and wrote a very careful analysis that demonstrated -- in the
authors' own words -- that they were not able to substantiate a
single claim. He did this by providing specific references to
page, column, and paragraph where a claim of harm was made and
where it was refuted.
"Rich continued to offer his valuable support through the Interim
session as the Association decided the next steps to meet its
goals on this issue. 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
--Jane B. Myers, Director of Government Affairs, Oregon
"I recently retained Rich Shepard and Applied Ecosystem
Services, Inc. to consult in litigation involving complicated
water issues. Rich researched the precipitation 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 by 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, Lachenmeier Enlow
Rall & Heinson
"The purpose of this letter is to provide a
recommendation for Dr. Richard Shepard.
"On behalf of the Department of Fish and Wildlife, I reviewed and
commented on a revegetation test plot program prepared by Dr.
Shepard for Angell Brothers Rock, Inc. Dr. Shepard''s work was
thorough and based on the best available scientific information.
His revegetation test plot program design showed a clear
understanding of statistical analysis techniques. His written and
oral communications is clear and concise.
"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. Once agreements were reached, he took
great care to amend the revegetation test plot program design to
reflect these agreements. I am confident that his attention to
detail in this revegetation test plot program will avoid future
misunderstandings between our Department and his client."
-- Gail McEwen, Land Use Coordinator, Habitat Conservation
Division, Oregon Dept. of Fish and
"Your firm was retained by the Mid-Willamette Valley
Council of Governments to review and give us an evaluation of a
report that was done on the Willamette River for the Oregon
Department of State Lands. This report specifically addresses the
reclamation of the Willamette River by dredging the river.
"Your task was to evaluate the accuracy of the report and focus
on the potential environmental impacts that were not outlined in
"This evaluation of the report benefited us by giving us a
better understanding of the state report and specific environmental concerns
we should take into consideration. It also suggested methods to address those
concerns so we could move forward with our consideration for support of
reclamation of the river by dredging.
"our 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. This
information gave them a better understanding of the potential
impacts of dredging.
"Your meeting with a group of Oregon State Senators and local
mayors to discuss the environmental concerns that would need to be
addressed in the proposed dredging project on the Willamette River
helps them evaluate recommendations coming from the Council of
Governments. This information was articulated in such a manner
that this group was able to understand the impacts and helped them
in their local and state evaluation of our eventual
recommendations on this project.
"We were very pleased with the work you and your company did for
us and would highly recommend you to other organizations needing
this type of specialized information.
"I serve as a member of the task force for the Willamette River reclamation
-- Mike Propse, Polk County (OR)