Doug Spicher



Doug Spicher has over 30 years of consulting experience at WRA as an ecologist in a variety of habitats including tidal, seasonal, and perennial wetlands, riparian forest, coastal scrub, and grassland on the east and west coasts.  He is also experienced in analyzing projects to determine regulatory permitting strategy and preparation/submission of permit applications and supporting information.  He maintains excellent relationships with regulatory personnel and is effective in guiding regulatory permitting processes to completion.

Doug acts as Principal in Charge of projects, and in addition to managing projects and staff his responsibilities include habitat assessment, mitigation and restoration planning, mitigation implementation and monitoring, wetland delineation, wetlands functions and values assessment, endangered species studies, permitting strategy and permit application preparation, preparation of CEQA Initial Studies and Mitigated Negative Declarations, responding to comments on permit applications and environmental documents (CEQA/NEPA), and permit compliance.  He has conducted numerous jurisdictional wetlands determinations under Section 404 (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Corps), California Coastal Act (California Coastal Commission, CCC), and McAteer-Petris Act (Bay Conservation and Development Commission, BCDC), and has successfully completed permit applications with these and other regulatory agencies, including the Regional Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB) and California Department of Fish and Game (CDFG).

Doug has taught courses in wetland delineation, salt marsh ecology, and habitat evaluation.  He has published articles and advised public agencies concerning invasive non-native plants.  Doug is affiliated with the Society of Wetland Scientists, Society for Ecological Restoration, and the California Invasive Plant Council.


UBS Agrivest Farmland Assessments, Lodi, California

Kawana Springs Phase 6 Regulatory Permitting and Wetlands Mitigation, Santa Rosa, California

Stanly Ranch, Napa, California

Amy’s Kitchen Restaurant, Rohnert Park, California

Union Sanitary District Biological Studies and Permits, Union City, California

San Mateo Pump Stations Improvements BRA, San Mateo, California

San Mateo Pump Stations Improvements BRA, San Mateo, California

Wilder Project Biological Studies, Permits and Mitigation, Orinda, California

Hercules Waterfront Projects, Hercules, California

Highway 37 Widening Project, Vallejo, California

Palo Alto Baylands Restoration Project, Palo Alto, California

Las Gallinas Valley Sanitary District Solar Panel Project, San Rafael, California

Creekside Park Marsh Invasive Plant Studies, Corte Madera, California

Deer Creek Village Biological Studies and Permitting, Petaluma, California

U.S. Highway 101 Bicycle Pedestrian Overcrossing, Santa Rosa, California


MA, Biology, San Francisco State University, 1984

BA, Biology, University of Montana, 1979


Society of Wetland Scientists

California Invasive Pest Plant Council

MAP, 2009, Management Action Program, Inc.

Land Development in California, 2006, Lorman

Wet Soil Conditions, 1994, PSSAC

Restoring Ecosystem Functions, 1993, UCSB Extension

Wetland Delineation, 1991, SFSU Extension