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Debie Montana
President/Principal Biologist


Mrs. Montana has over 18 years of experience in environmental compliance, biological monitoring, environmental constraints analysis, biological study design and implementation, species surveys, and mitigation and restoration monitoring. She holds an M.S. degree in Conservation Biology, and the Project Management Certification from UC Davis.

The majority of Mrs. Montana's experience comes from her eight years as a PG&E wildlife biologist. Her expertise is project management for biological compliance and monitoring and study design and implementation for large-scale utility projects, such as electric T&D reconductoring, gas line testing and replacement/relocation, and hydroelectric relicensing and license compliance studies.Her ability to work alongside project managers and foreman in the planning phase of a project enables the team to identify biological constraints before project initiation, and to develop alternative construction methods or schedules to accomodate the permit and the project timeline.


Her leadership experience includes overseeing numerous consulting companies working on multi-faceted, large-scale construction projects including: Jefferson-Martin 230 kV Transmission Project (Nomad Ecology, Garcia and Associates, and Insignia Environmental); Contra Costa-Las Positas 230 kV 36-mile Reconductoring Project (Nomad Ecology, Prunuske Chatham Inc., Insignia Environmental); Contra Costa-Moraga Reconductoring Project (Garcia and Associates); and the Delta Substation Construction Project (TRC Essex).

Her FERC relicensing and compliance work includes study design and implementation for reducing wildlife casualties within PG&E's Crane Valley system (camera trapping and mapping), measuring riparian response to the Mokelumne River (geomorphic and botanical surveying), measuring the impact of the Pit River system on nesting and foraging bald eagles (monitoring and trapping), and the impact of the North Fork Feather River system on carnivores (carnivore camera trapping surveys).


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