Senior Planning Ecologist
Manager, Cambridge Office
Joined LGL in 2003
B.Sc.: University of Guelph (Dept. of Zoology, Specialized Honours Marine Biology)
Allison Featherstone is a biologist with over 11 years' experience in wildlife biology. She is a skilled naturalist familiar with reptile, amphibian, aquatic insect, mammal and bird identification. Allison has served as a consultant for The Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre and The Greater Vancouver Zoo regarding their ornithological collections and education programs. She worked with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service tracking captive-bred manatees using telemetry and GPS, to assist in the assessment of a captive breeding and release program. She has extensive experience in the rehabilitation of native species of birds of prey, and has banded both nesting and rehabilitated raptors. Additionally, she has assisted with various wildlife control programs, documenting, banding and relocating both raptor and waterfowl species.
Since joining LGL in June 2003, Allison has been involved with natural heritage investigations in support of Environmental Assessments for sewer, water and transportation projects, Renewable Energy Projects, Comprehensive Broad Scale Environmental Studies and Environmental Impact Statements. She has participated in benthic and fisheries collections, wildlife monitoring, tree surveys and wildlife habitat assessments for amphibians including Jefferson salamander. She has coordinated one of the largest Jefferson salamander studies to date in the Province and possibly the range of the species, in order to address the requirements of the Endangered Species Act, 2007. Allison’s role is to work as the project ecologist/biologist to provide a consolidated view of environmental sensitivities for a project and to work through project issues with the project team and approval agencies. Her experience as project manager and as part of a natural science team includes planning, investigating and preparing environmental impact studies, natural sciences reports, management plans, tree preservation plans and environmental inspection reports, permitting issues, including the determination of environmental constraints, development of monitoring strategies, recommendation of mitigation measures and attendance at public consultation centres for many projects.