John Baas, PhD

Senior Open Space Planner


Dr. John Baas is a Senior Open Space Planner and leads WRA’s public access team. He has 20 years of experience in park master planning and preparing environmental compliance documents for park and trail projects. He has prepared park master plans for city and county park systems throughout California, and has prepared trail plans for federal land management agencies in Nevada and Washington.


(Prior to WRA)

Sonoma County Regional Parks, Tolay Lake Regional Park Master Plan and EIR, Sonoma County, California
Marin County Road and Trail Management Plan, Marin County Parks and Open Space District, Marin County, California

Midpeninsula Open Space District, Red Barn Public Access Site Design, Permitting, and Construction Management, Los Altos, California

City of Cupertino, Stevens Creek Corridor Recreation Master Plan, Cupertino, California

City of Claremont, Claremont Hills Wilderness Park Master Plan, Claremont, California

Sonoma County Water Agency, Russian River Biological Assessment, Recreation and Economic Analyses, Santa Rosa, California

San Diego County Parks and Recreation, Recreation and Public Access Plan, San Diego, California

Pacific Gas and Electric, Ferry Crossing Campground Design and Analysis for Pit 3, 4, 5 Hydropower Project, California

California Department of Fish and Game, Lake Davis Pike Eradication EIR/EIS, Plumas National Forest, Portola, California

Spring Mountain National Recreation Area, Humboldt-Toyaibe National Forest, Landscape Assessment and Recreation Plan, Las Vegas, Nevada

Wenatchee National Forest, North Shore Ski Trails Environmental Assessment, Chelan, Washington

Wenatchee National Forest, Box Canyon Trail Environmental Assessment, Chelan, Washington


Ph.D., Forest Resource Management, Oregon State University

M.S., Recreation Resources, Colorado State University

B.S., Wildlife Biology, Colorado State University


Member, Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals