NEPA Resume

Discipline/Specialty

NEPA, EIS, EA, EDR, Cat Ex
section 7 consultations
alternatives analysis
environmental justice
title VI, section 6f, 4f
cumulative impact analysis
connected and similar action analysis
direct and indirect effects analysis

Education

University of Montana,B.S. Wildlife Biology, 1974
University of North Dakota, M.S., Wildlife Biology, 1978

Registrations

Certified Wildlife Biologist, The Wildlife Society, 1991

Training/Certifications

Wildlife Hazard Management, FAA&ERAU, 2006
The NEPA Process, Salt Lake City, UT, 9-92
Successful Facilitating, Denver, CO, 5-97
The Art of Negotiation, Denver, CO, 3-96
Coalition Building, Denver, CO, 6-98
Risk Management, Baltimore, MD,4-91

Professional Affiliations

National Association of Environmental Planners
The Wildlife Society

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Summary of Qualifications

Mr. Fairaizl is a senior environmental planner who began his professional experience in 1978. He has been a Certified Wildlife Biologist since 1991. Mr. Fairaizl has conducted scoping, facilitated public meetings, identified issues and alternatives, prepared EAs and EISs, wrote FONSIs, updated EAs with annual monitoring reports, and handled appeals. He has coordinated Threatened and Endangered species issues in 17 States west of the Mississippi River plus Alaska, Hawaii, and the Pacific Trust Territory. He has initiated formal Section 7 consultations with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service by preparing a biological assessment of potential impacts to sensitive species.

Relevant Experience

EIS for the Operational USDA Program: USDA Wildlife Services. This EIS analyzed impacts of operations to target species, non-target species, T & E species, resources protected, and pesticide use.

EIS: Impacts of Spring Blackbird Control on Sunflower Damage in the upper Mid West. USDA Wildlife Services. This EIS analyzed the impacts of reducing the spring breeding population of red wing blackbirds in relation to sunflower damage caused by fall migrants. The EIS analyzed impacts to target species, non-target species, T & E species and pesticide use.

EIS: 1-10 Corridor Improvement Study. Arizona Department of Transportation. Prepared an Environmental Impact Statement to analyze impacts from ultimate improvements to the 1-10 corridor in Phoenix. Issues include: native plants, 404 permits, hazardous materials, archaeology, socio-economic, environmental justice, Section 4(f), title VI, and SCIA.

EIS: Implementation of the Coyote Springs HCP. Served as Project Manager and primary author of the EIS to implement the CSHCP in Lincoln County, NV. This project will build a new city on the Clark and Lincoln County border and the HCP allows development with prearranged mitigations and conservation measures. Issues analyzed in the EIS included: socio-economic, T&E, cultural, water rights and use, groundwater pumping, drainage soils, and visual resources.

EIS: Implementation of the Virgin River HCP. Served as Project Manager and primary author of the EIS to implement the Virgin River HCP in Clark County, NV. This project will substantially increase the size of the City of Mesquite in Clark County. The HCP allows development with prearranged mitigations and conservation measures. Issues analyzed in the EIS included: socio-economic, T&E, cultural, water rights and use, groundwater pumping, drainage, soils, and visual resources.

EA:  Grazing Permit Renewals: In August of 2008, AWC was awarded a contract with the BLM in Wyoming to complete 6 EAs to renew grazing authorizations. Steve served as primary author and project manager to complete this contract. The EAs were completed according to BLM standards and guidelines outlined in BLM Handbook H-1790-1. FONSI’s were prepared for Field Office Manager signature. Conducted scoping using BLM mailing lists and incorporated public comments into final EAs. Issues included grazing management, soils, watersheds, riparian areas, upland vegetation, wildlife, land ownership, T&E, cultural resources, and socio-economics.

EA: Wildlife Water Catchment Redevelopment: Served as Project Manager and Primary author of 8 EAs for the AZ Game & Fish Dept., where BLM was the lead federal agency. All EAs were completed according to BLM standards and guidelines outlined in BLM Handbook H-1790-1. FONSI’s were prepared for Field Office Manager signature. Conducted scoping using BLM mailing lists and incorporated public comments into final EAs. Issues included artificial water sources, T&E, cultural, and visual resources.

EA: Predator Damage Management in Arizona. USDA Wildlife Services. This EA analyzed the impacts of predator control activities in relation to protection of livestock resources. The EA analyzed impacts to target species, non-target species, T & E species and pesticide use.

EA: Bird Damage Management in Arizona. USDA Wildlife Services. This EA analyzed the impacts of lethal and non-lethal control of bird damage to livestock resources. The EA analyzed impacts to target species, non-target species, T & E species and pesticide use.

EA: Beaver Damage Management in Arizona: USDA Wildlife Services. This EA analyzed the impacts of beaver control for the protection of natural resources and private property. The EA analyzed impacts to target species, non-target species, and Threatened and endangered fish species.

EA: Prairie Dog Damage Management in the State of Nebraska. USDA Wildlife Services. This EA analyzed the impacts of prairie dog damage to natural and agricultural resources and the impacts of control on target species, non-target species, and pesticide use.

EA: Predator Damage Management for the Protection of Desert Bighorn Sheep in Arizona. USDA Wildlife Services. This EA analyzed the impacts of predator control to protect bighorn sheep in GMU 22. The EA analyzed impacts to target species, non-target species, and T & E species.

EA:  Management of Urban Waterfowl Damage in Las Vegas, NV. USDA Wildlife Services. This EA analyzed the impacts of waterfowl damage to natural resources and private property in the City of Las Vegas, NV. The EA analyzed impacts of live capture and release of migrant waterfowl on protection of resources.

EA: Relocation of Bighorn Sheep in North Dakota. N.D. Game & Fish. This EA analyzed the impacts of a proposed bighorn sheep relocation program.

EA: Co-location of EPG Facilities on Fort Huachuca: Document analyzed impacts of co-locating 4 facilities into one on post. Issues included socio-economic, 4f, 6f, Section 106, T & E Species.

EDR: Widening of Valencia Road, Pima County DOT. Document analyzed impacts to the human environment from road widening project. Issues included: noise, air quality, 4f, 6f, 106, T & E, native plants.

EDR: Widening Craycroft Road, Pima County DOT. Document analyzed impacts to the human environment from road widening project. Issues included: noise, air quality, 4f, 6f, Section 106, Title VI, T & E, native plants, 404 & 401.

EDR: Ave 10 widening and repaving. City of Tucson. Document analyzed impacts to the human environment from road widening project. Issues included: noise, air quality, 4f, 6f, Section 106, Title VI, T & E, native plants, 404 & 401.

EDR: TEA –21 project, City of Tucson. Document analyzed impacts of road repaving and was completed according to ADOT format and guidelines.

EDR: QWEST fiber optic installation, Tucson Electric Power. Document analyzed impacts of trenching to install fiber optic line along the Ajo highway and was completed according to ADOT format and guidelines.

EDR: Canoa Ranch. Pima County Waste Water Management Division. Supervised and managed Pima Pineapple Cactus and Native Plant Protection Ordinance (NPPO) Surveys. Established a contract with Fairfield Homes to conduct a BA for installation of sewer trunk. Assisted in formal Section 7 consultation with the USFWS

EDR: CMAQ Projects. City of Glendale. Completed Environmental Determination Report according to ADOT Local Government Section standards. Issues included: protected native plants, 404 permits, special status species, and Haz Mat.