Leadership

Mark Girard, President

Mark Girard, President

Mark specializes in native habitat restoration installation and maintenance projects and has 20 years' experience installing and maintaining projects throughout California. He is trained as a heavy equipment operator with experience on all types of construction equipment.

Mark is a licensed contractor for the state of California (C-27 #842661) and maintains a California Qualified Applicator License (QAL #32047). Mark's notable projects include restoring 44 acres of coastal sage scrub habitat at The Crossings Golf Course in Carlsbad, coordinating a 26-acre habitat restoration site for the Rancho Water District, implementing a restoration maintenance project for The Nature Conservancy, restoring San Diego's historic Famosa Slough and managing the installation and maintenance of 1,200 LF of biotechnical habitat and water quality improvement treatments for the Lower Blackwood Creek Stream Habitat Restoration Project in the Tahoe area.

He is affiliated with the California Landscape Contractors Association (CLCA), SERCAL, Cal IPC and the American Legion

Mark earned a bachelor's degree in wildlife biology from the University of Massachusetts and received an honorable discharge from the USMC

Kevin DiSabatino, Vice President

Kevin DiSabatino, Vice President

Kevin specializes in engineering and equipment operation projects. He has over 15 years' experience in utility trenching and installing and maintaining habitat restoration projects throughout California. He is a licensed A General Engineering Contractor, a Class A driver, and a Qualified Pest Control Applicator.

Kevin specializes in habitat restoration construction within sensitive native habitats. As an equipment operator, Kevin DiSabatino has experience clearing, hauling and removing large amounts of brush. He has worked on several large scale projects including Orange County Waste & Recycling Native Habitat Management and Maintenance at the Frank R Bowerman Landfill, Twin Oaks Valley Mitigation and Rose Canyon Upland and Mitigation project and he is currently working on three Federal installations for several utility contractors.

In 2011, the HRS Board voted to elect Mr. DiSabatino as a Corporate Officer.

Andrew Thomson, Secretary
Restoration Ecologist/Biologist

Andrew Thomson, Secretary

B.S. Biology
M.S. Environmental Science

Andy is a Dudek restoration ecologist/biologist with over 12 years' experience in habitat restoration. Andy has worked on habitat restoration projects with Mark Girard for over a decade, and has been working closely with HRS since its inception.

Andy specializes in restoration projects for sensitive species, including threatened and endangered plants and wildlife, such as thread-leaved brodiaea, coastal California gnatcatcher, southwestern pond turtle, least Bell's vireo, several species of mariposa lily, Munz's onion, San Diego goldenstars, delicate clarkia and coast barrel cactus, among others.

Successful projects include special-status plant transplantations, wetlands creation and enhancement, coastal uplands, native bunchgrass grassland and montane habitat restoration projects.

Andy is an HRS board member and is helping HRS to expand its services in California, develop a native plant nursery, establish a native seed propagation farm, and expand preserve management services.

Pete Trotta, Assistant Secretary
Field Supervision & Coordination

Pete Trotta, Assistant Secretary

Pete specializes in field supervision and coordination of native habitat restoration installation and maintenance projects. He has over 18 years' experience installing and maintaining projects throughout California and is a licensed C-27 Landscape Contractor, a qualified pest control applicator (QAL), and a Qualified SWPPP Developer (QSD). Pete has supervised installation and maintenance of numerous habit restoration projects.

He also has experience in herbicide applications for weed abatement. Pete's supervisory experience covers a range of projects, including installation and maintenance activities for The Crossings Golf Course at Carlsbad; Famosa Slough Salt Marsh revegetation for the City of San Diego; installation and maintenance of an Orcutt's Brodiaea translocation project for Brookfield Homes at the University Commons project in San Marcos; enhancement and revegetation of portions of Escondido Creek, for the Escondido Creek Conservancy (TECC); and installation of wetland and upland habitat at Rose Canyon for the City of San Diego's Rose Canyon Mitigation Project.

Pete maintains certifications in OSHA 10 /30, HAZWOPER 40 Safety, and he is trained as a Recycled Water Site Supervisor.


Dudek Environmental Teaming Partners

Michael Sweesy, RLA# 3319, Landscape Architect & Habitat Restoration Specialist

John Minchin, RLA #2225, Landscape Architect & Habitat Restoration Specialist

Anita Hayworth, PhD, Senior Biologist & Habitat Manager

Michael Huff, Fire Protection Planner, Urban Forester, ISA Certified Arborist/SAF Certified Forester/AFE Certified Wildland Fire Ecologist