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Joshua T FodorJoshua T. Fodor (Founder, CEO) : Restoration Ecologist, CPESC

Josh has 29 years experience in organic horticulture, habitat restoration and ecological landscape design and implementation. After completing degrees in Biology and Environmental Studies at U.C. Santa Cruz and working 5 years in organic agriculture, he founded Central Coast Wilds in 1992. Early on he combined his interest in organic production methods with his botanical skills to create the first registered organic native plant nursery in California . Josh leads design and implementation of ecological landscape plans, vegetation management plans and habitat restoration plans throughout California, particularly in the San Francisco and Monterey Bay areas. Over the last decade he has continued his professional training in erosion control, stream restoration, watershed assessment, wetland delineation, and ecological landscape management techniques. In 2006, Josh completed an extension certificate in California Water Management and Ecosystem Restoration at U.C. Berkeley. In 2008 Josh became a Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control. He teaches Principles of Restoration Landscaping at Cabrillo College and is an active member of numerous professional associations including the Ecological Landscaping Association, California Landscape Contractors Association and the Society for Ecological Restoration.

Jon Laslett: Restoration Project Manager, Ecologist Jon Laslett

Jon received his BS from the University of California at Santa Cruz in 2003 with degrees in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and Marine Biology. He has worked on ecological monitoring, conservation, and restoration projects from Baja California to the Aleutian Islands . He also has a background in conventional construction and landscaping. In January 2007, he found a way to effectively combine these two skill sets as a project manager and ecologist at Central Coast Wilds. Since then, he has been responsible for successfully designing, estimating, implementing, maintaining, and monitoring restoration projects and ecological landscapes throughout the central coast.

Ellen Uhler: Botanical Consultant, Seed Collections Curator Ellen Holmes

Ellen began working at Central Coast Wilds as a volunteer in 1996. Her aptitude became readily apparent as she quickly learned the arts of native plant identification and propagation. Her botanical studies include Jepson Herbarium workshops in Juncaceae (Rushes), Alpine Flora, Poaceae (Grasses), and Cyperaceae (Sedges). She has also attended numerous workshops taught by noted local botanist Randy Morgan, including Trifolium (Clover), and Plant and Insect Interaction. Ellen has initiated her own Sheep Grazing Monitoring Study on the former Ft. Ord. She is an active member of the Santa Cruz County Chapter of the California Native Plant Society, where she participates as a board member.

Aaron Fitch: Project Manager, Seed Collector and Botanist Aaron Fitch

Aaron received a BA in Environmental Studies from UC Santa Cruz with a focus in Agroecology. He has over twelve years of experience in the field of natural resources, habitat restoration, and biological monitoring. Aaron also owned and managed an organic vegetable farm for five years in Southern Oregon. Over the past year while at CCW, he has been responsible for propagating thousands of native plants from seeds, cuttings and divisions.



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