Sweetwater Environmental Biologists, Inc.
Barry Jones has over 25 years of experience in the field of conservation biology in California.  Over the past 20 years he served as senior biologist and project manager, overseeing a variety of projects. Many projects included implementation of wetland and upland restoration programs, development and permitting of wetland and conservation banks, field investigations, preparation of biological technical reports for a wide range of CEQA and NEPA projects, and processing of permits through various local, state and federal agencies.

Mr. Jones played a key role in the early development of mitigation bank and conservation bank programs in California. His contribution included initial site identification and assessment, processing of banking agreements through local, state and federal agencies, implementation of habitat restoration and monitoring efforts, and marketing of credit sales. 

As a recognized field biologist, Mr. Jones is considered one of the leading experts on the coastal California gnatcatcher and the least Bell's vireo.  He participated in the Comprehensive Species Management Plan and the Habitat Conservation Plan for the least Bell's vireo, and managed several large-scale regional planning efforts for these species.  He also worked on several large-scale conservation planning efforts for the Quino checkerspot butterfly.  His combination of extensive field experience and large-scale resource planning experience uniquely qualifies him to provide strategy and implementation assistance for habitat banks.

Mr. Jones has extensive experience in management and preparation of project based environmental documents subject to CEQA and NEPA guidelines.  These projects have ranged from small- and large-scale transportation projects, small lot splits to master plans in excess of 25,000 acres, public facilities siting studies and others.  His work involved close interaction with local, state, and federal officials at all aspects of the permitting process under Section 4(d), Section 7 and Section 10(a) of the Federal Endangered Species Act, Section 404 permitting requirements for the Clean Water Act, Section 2081 and Section 1600 of the California Fish and Game Code, and others.

As president of Sweetwater Environmental Biologists, Inc., San Diego, California during the 1980's and 1990's, and through his role as a Senior Project Manager for ERC Environmental and Energy Services Company (AMEC Environmental) and HELIX Environmental Planning, Inc. (as an independent contractor), Mr. Jones developed an extensive track record of accomplishments in the field of conservation biology.
Mr. Jones holds a B.A. in biology from Point Loma College, USFWS Endangered/Threatened Species Permits for the least Bell's vireo and coastal California gnatcatcher, and is a charter member of the Least Bell's Vireo Working Group and California Gnatcatcher Working Group.  He is active in his local church and the San Diego Flyfishers

Contact Sweetwater Environmental Biologists, Inc.

Barry Jones
11969 Pasco Fuerte
El Cajon, California  92020
Phone: 619.742.2068
Fax: 619-462-0552


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