Stantec Strengthens Alaska Environmental Services Team with Three Hires
Stantec recently added three key team members to its Environmental Services group in Alaska, expanding in Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Wasilla. Victor Ross, Steve Reidsma, and Zach Baer join the twenty-two-person Alaska environmental team, adding more than seventy-five years of collective project experience to the Stantec team.
Ross, Reidsma, and Baer come to Stantec from another Alaska environmental firm, greatly expanding Stantec’s Environmental Services experience, with a particular focus on wetlands, baseline data collection, and permitting for mining and transportation projects. As a team, Reidsma, Ross and Baer have conducted baseline wetlands data collection and permitting around the state. They have completed the US Army Corps of Engineering (USACE) permitting for major Alaska projects, including the Donlin Gold Project; Kivalina Evacuation Road; Cape Blossom to Kotzebue Road; and expansions at Fort Knox, Pogo, and Red Dog mines.
Ross is a senior associate and senior regulatory specialist working from Stantec’s Wasilla office. He has forty years of experience, most of it in Alaska, working for private firms and both the USACE and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Ross has been heavily involved in project management, permit evaluation and issuance, wetland delineations, and site compliance. He has been involved in key decision documents and permits for USACE and BLM, including mineral exploration, placer and hard rock mines, oil and gas, sand and gravel, airports, and roads. He is a twenty-year member of the Alaska Miners Association and has worked on some of the state’s major mine projects—Red Dog, Fort Knox, True North, Pogo, and Kensington. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Mining Engineering from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
Reidsma is a senior wetland scientist working from the Fairbanks office. He has more than twenty-five years of Alaska natural resources experience and leads teams conducting natural resource baseline and permitting work for small retail developments to larger transportation, mining and pipeline projects. Reidsma has completed wetland field delineations, functional assessments, and preliminary jurisdictional determination reports for projects throughout Alaska. He has conducted wildlife surveys, recreation management, reclamation and remediation work, and fisheries and wildlife management as the former environmental manager at Fort Wainwright. He is an Army veteran. He is a professional wetland scientist and earned a bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Alaska Anchorage.
Baer is an environmental scientist and professional wetland scientist with twelve years of experience focused on wetland delineation, mapping, permitting, and restoration. He will work from the Anchorage office. Baer has focused on vegetation mapping, exotic and rare plant surveys and identification, stream characterization and monitoring, groundwater hydrology monitoring, GIS analysis, and other state and federal environmental permitting throughout his career. He earned a bachelor’s degrees in both Biological Sciences and Natural Resources Management from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He is an active member of the Alaska Chapter of the Society of Wetland Scientists.
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