John Baas (Ph.D.) is a national expert in environmental, natural resource, and outdoor recreation planning. He has extensive experience working with local, state, and Federal land management agencies to provide public access, protect sensitive resources, and comply with environmental law and regulations. John’s work reflects his intellectual passion and interest in keeping the natural environment intact with logical, science-based evaluation and analysis and methodical, implementation-oriented planning. He has directed the preparation of EIRs, land management and water resource plans, and parks and trails master plans. His projects have protected hundreds of plant and animal species, built and maintained thousands of miles of roads and trails, and managed tens of thousands of acres of open space and forests. John’s expertise and communications skills enable him to collaborate across multiple disciplines of science, planning, engineering, and architecture. From the intricacies of CEQA/NEPA compliance to the fine details of resource management and conservation, he conveys complex ideas in a very relatable way and is committed to helping clients successfully achieve a balance between human need and environmental responsibility.
John is Director of Planning and Environmental Management Services.