Janet Walther, MS - Principal Biologist

Janet, who joined the firm in 2003, is responsible for performing botanical and wildlife surveys, wetland and waters of the U.S. determinations, data analysis, and reports in support of management agreements, permits, and mitigation monitoring. She assists clients in complying with the Federal Endangered Species Act, California Endangered Species Act, Section 404 of the Clean Water Act, California Fish and Game Code, and local (county and/or city) regulations. Ms. Ilse is also responsible for permit processing and preparation  of environmental documents in compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). She produces a variety of graphics for use in environmental and natural resources documents. Ms. Ilse primarily utilizes the following software: Pathfinder (for collection of GPS data), ArcGIS, AutoCAD, and Adobe Illustrator/Photoshop.

Prior to joining EMC Planning Group, Ms. Ilse was employed at the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) as a Biological Science Technician at Fort Ord, California and at ENSR International (an environmental consulting firm) as a biologist/environmental scientist. At BLM, Ms. Ilse was responsible for special-status species identification, collection of Global Positioning System (GPS) data for the purpose of monitoring both native and non-native species using Geographical Information Software (GIS), reporting, and exotic species identification and abatement. At ENSR, Ms. Ilse performed biological surveys, coordinated biological resource permits, developed CEQA/NEPA documents, and assisted in preparing California Energy Commission Applications for Certification for four major power plant projects in California.