David L. Magney, Principal Biologist, is a botanist/biologist and physical geographer with a thorough knowledge of the flora of California. He has over 30 years of field experience in biological studies throughout the west. Mr. Magney has worked on and managed a large variety of projects throughout the West, primarily in California. These include biological resource inventories, vegetation mapping and classification, wetland delineations and restoration, rare plant surveys and ecological studies, tree assessments, fisheries habitat assessment and mitigation design, fisheries monitoring, small mammal trapping and surveys, biological impact analysis and mitigation, and construction and mitigation monitoring. He has
managed and worked on a variety of projects, including energy, residential, commercial, flood control, and landfill projects. Mr. Magney has also worked on off-highway vehicles trail siting, mining, electrical, transmission/pipeline, communication corridor, transportation, restoration, and dam developments. He came to Althouse and Meade after nearly 7 years managing the California Native Plant Society Rare Plant Program and running David Magney Environmental Consulting since 1997. Prior to that he managed the Natural Resources Division at Fugro West, 6 years with Jones & Stokes Associates, and 3 years with Dames & Moore.
Mr. Magney earned a BA in Geography and Environmental Studies (emphasis in botany) in 1985 from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He also holds an A.S. in Landscape Horticulture and Certificate of Completion in Natural Resources (1975) from Ventura College, Ventura, California. He is a Certified Consulting Botanist (#0001) and an ISA Certified Arborist (WE-7674A). He is an expert in wetland sciences including applying the Corps of Engineers Hydrogeomorphic Assessment Methods (HGM), and CEQA and NEPA for biology. Mr. Magney has taught courses or given presentations on plant family identification, wetland/riparian plant identification, wetland impacts and mitigation, CEQA, Clean Water Act permitting, water quality, and wetland delineation methodology. Mr. Magney has authored two floras in California and presented numerous papers on vegetation and water quality. He served on the Environmental Review Board for Los Angeles County Regional Planning, City of Ojai’s Tree Committee, and on the Ventura County Planning Division’s Interagency Biology Committee and the Locally Important Species Committee. Mr. Magney currently is the chairman of the Board of Certification overseeing the certification of botanists in California.