Chad Ricklefs has joined SWCA as the NEPA Team Lead in the company’s Salt Lake City office. In this role, Chad will work to build the office’s NEPA program, providing leadership to current staff, recruiting new practitioners, developing business opportunities within Utah and beyond, and coordinating with other offices across the country.
Effective April 8, 2021, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) listed the Missouri Distinct Population Segment (DPS) of the eastern hellbender (Cryptobranchus alleganiensis) as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) due to threats from sedimentation, water quality degradation, disease, and other factors.
The eastern hellbender Missouri DPS will now require consideration as a federally listed species, which could lengthen project timelines and add costs for studies, planning, and conservation measures.
Paige Marchus has been named SWCA’s Director of Natural Resources for the company’s New Mexico-Four Corners region. In this role, Paige will work to strengthen and broaden the region’s client and market reach, while also working to enhance collaboration across the company.