Environmental Planning


  • Project management
  • Research and technical writing
  • Committee leadership/guidance
  • Coordination of planning meetings
  • Public involvement and education
  • Hazard risk analysis and exposure
  • GIS modeling/mapping
  • Mitigation strategy development
  • Preparation and facilitation of FEMA and State approve Hazard Plans and Community Wildfire Protection Plans (CWPP)
  • Fire Management Plans
  • NEPA

The Environmental Planning Department works with a wide variety of clients including federal and state agencies, Native American Tribes, local governments, and both industrial and non-industrial private landowners. The Department works with clients to develop hazard mitigation plans designed to assess their exposure to a variety of natural hazards (floods, landslides, wildland fires, earthquakes, severe weather, drought, etc.) and provide a strategy to reduce potential losses and make the communities more resilient. The Environmental Planning Department also works with clients to complete environmental assessments, threatened and endangered species analysis, habitat assessments, fire management plans, and other technical documents.

The staff of the Environmental Planning Department provide committee leadership, scientific analysis, insights to the regulatory environment, lead authorship of planning documents and serve as a resource during the planning process. Staff of the Department also provide data development in the form of GIS analysis and mapping and integrates information from committee members, affiliated agencies and the local governments to develop realistic assessments of resources at risk. They also lead public involvement efforts on behalf of committee members to integrate comments and input from a broad range of community views.