- MLA Landscape Architecture, College of Environmental Design, University of California at Berkeley, 1993
- BA Design of the Environment, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Pennsylvania, 1989
- Environmental Negotiation Workshop, Nelson Facilitation, Tiburon, CA, 2016
- Point Arena Mountain Beaver Workshop, US Fish & Wildlife Service, Point Arena, CA, 2010
- Planning in California: An Overview & Update, UC Davis Extension, Land Use Planning, Sacramento, CA, 2007-08
- Mitigation Measure Development & Monitoring, UC Davis Extension, Land Use Planning, Davis, CA, 2007
- CEQA: A Step-by-Step Approach, UC Davis Extension, Land Use Planning, Sacramento, CA, 2007, 2014
- Endangered Species Regulation & Protection, UC Davis Extension, Land Use Planning, Davis, CA, 2007
- Land Use, Real Estate & Environmental Law Update, Abbott & Kindermann, LLP, Sacramento, CA, 2007, 2010, 2015
- Introduction to Wetland Delineation, CA State Chico, Friends of the Biological Sciences Herbarium, Chico, CA, 2006
- Subdivision Map Act: Parts I & II, UC Davis Extension, Land Use Planning, Davis, CA, 2006
- 12 years manager for design and construction bookstore
- 8 years draftsperson and model maker for various design firms, including landscape architecture, interior design and lighting design
- 1 year project manager for civil and structural engineering firm
- 2 years performing garden installations
- 2 art exhibits
As a land use consultant and planner, I represent and aid landowners while navigating the planning permit process, primarily focusing on Development Permits in the Coastal Zone in Mendocino County. I am project manager for current and long-range projects including residential and commercial development, both large and small in scope. Not limited to only Coastal Development Permits, my projects also include multi-parcel subdivisions, use permits, rezoning, boundary line adjustments and community development projects. Residing in the Coastal Zone, one is required to have a strong understanding of environmental issues, especially as they relate to Local Coastal Programs and CEQA, with an ability for case making and creative mediation. I have an impressive track record of success and comfortable helping clients with tough projects. I have a clear understanding of the opportunities and constraints resulting from biological, geological, hydrological and archeological characteristics of the area. This enables me to foster projects towards the best resolution for my clients as well as the coast community.
|1990||Masters of Fine Art Program
California College of Arts and Crafts
Concentration in metals and jewelry
|1985||Bachelor of Fine Art
Saratoga Springs, New York
|2015/2, 2013/2||Land Use, Real Estate & Environmental Law Update, Abbott & Kindermann, LLP, Sacramento & Napa, CA|
Volunteer Activities – current
|2006 – present
2012 – present
2010 – present
2012 – present
2001 – 2009
2004 – 2010
2003 – 2008
|Mendocino Film Festival. Vice President, Director of Development, Mendocino, CA.
Cinema in the Vineyard. Coordinator, House manager, Philo, CA
Club Cardinal. Mendocino High School. President and Membership
College Counseling. Guidance counseling for college bound high school students
Caspar Creek Charter School. President, School Board Member. Caspar, CA.
Math Teacher. Caspar Creek Charter School. Caspar, CA.
Friends of the Mendocino Community Center. Mendocino, CA.
Mendocino Coast Fat Tire Festival 2011. Fort Bragg, CA.
|2009/08 – present||Land Use Consultant
Wynn Coastal Planning, current and future planning. Fort Bragg, CA
|2010/05 – present||Designer/ Owner
Mason Rose Home. Design and manufacturing of fine home décor materials, fabrics, and table linens.
|2012/03 – present||Partner
Mendocino Bike Sprite, LLC, hospitality for cyclists, guided mountain bike rides, service shop. Fort Bragg, CA
Caspar Creek Charter School, Writing and Adoption of Charter. Caspar, CA.
Caspar Creek Charter School, Expansion of school and facilities. Caspar, CA.
Mendocino Community Playground. Design and Installation
Redesign and renovation of Dining room and Bar area, Albion River Inn, Albion, CA
Masa’s Restaurant, Five star restaurant, San Francisco, CA
|2007– present||Designer/ Installer
Pop up Annual French Flea Market in October. Design, install and display merchandise, create inventory controls, train staff. Mendocino, CA
Tara Jackson graduated from Humboldt State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Environmental Science and Management: Planning and Policy. She has spent her life in rural communities, beginning with a small town in northeastern Colorado and then moving to northern California in 2008. Before and during her studies at Humboldt State University she worked at Black Oak Ranch in Laytonville, CA as a general laborer which included organic gardening and maintenance assistance for Camp Winnarainbow. In congruence to her academics at HSU she worked as an instructional student assistant for an Environmental Conflict Resolution course. In addition, she worked as a research assistant in which she helped identify indices to measure socio-economic impacts of Marine Protected Areas. Additionally, she worked at an intern for the City of Eureka’s planning department in which she reviewed historical development standards to help inform planners and community members about trends in the city’s zoning ordinance. She is passionate about facilitating responsible development initiatives that will provide continuous opportunities for livable and affordable rural communities.
- B.S., Environmental Science & Management: Planning and Policy, 2017, Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA.
- Internship, 2018. Eureka Development Service Department. Eureka, CA.
- Research Assistant, 2018. Humboldt State University. Arcata, CA.
- Instructional Student Assistant, 2016 – 2017. Humboldt State University. Arcata, CA.
- General Laborer, 2012 – 2017. Black Oak Ranch / Camp Winnarainbow. Mendocino County.
Asa B Spade graduated from Humboldt State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science, with a concentration in Landscape Ecosystems as well as a minor in Botany. Since that time he has been working in the natural resources field, first with Mendocino County Environmental Health and later with California State Parks and the Department of Fish and Game. He has been trained in Army Corps wetland delineation by the Coastal Training Program at Elkhorn Slough. He is on the Fish and Wildlife Service approved list for Point Arena mountain beaver surveys and has done surveys for Behren’s silverspot butterfly, Northern spotted owl, and the California red-legged frog. He has contributed to more than 75 coastal development projects in Mendocino County.
BS, Environmental Science: Technology – Landscape Ecosystems, Humboldt State University, December 2006
AA, Transfer Studies, Engineering, Shasta College, May 2002
Wetland Delineation Certification, Jurisdictional Delineation of Waters of the U.S., Including Wetlands on the California Coast, Elkhorn Slough Coastal Training Program, November 2008
Military Course Completions
- Submarine Warfare Qualification, July 2000
- Nuclear Propulsion Plant Operator Reactor, July 1999
- Naval Nuclear Power School, Enlisted, December 1998
- Nuclear Electronics Technician, Class A, May 1998
Environmental Scientist / Botanist / Owner, Spade Natural Resources Consulting, 2009 – Present, Fort Bragg, CA
Owl Biologist, Strix Wildlife Consulting, 2009 – Present, Fort Bragg, CA
Fisheries Technician, Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission, Department of Fish and Game Field Office, Fort Bragg, CA
California Recreational Fisheries Survey (CRFS) Field Sampler, Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission, Eureka, CA
Environmental Services Intern, California State Parks, Mendocino District, Russian Gulch State Park, Mendocino, CA
Environmental Health Technician, Mendocino County Environmental Health, Fort Bragg, CA
Redwood Trail Guide and Ecological Docent, Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA
Field and Laboratory Assistant, Eel Grass and Black Brant Project, Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA
Nuclear Electronics Technician, Reactor Operator, U.S. Navy, Bangor Naval Submarine Base, Silverdale, WA
- Computer Skills – Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, MapPoint), Paint Shop Pro, ArcMAP
- I.S. – Mapping with ArcGIS & layer interpolation with Spatial Analyst
- Basic knowledge of NEPA, CEQA and other environmental laws and concepts
- Ability to use dichotomous keys for plant, animal and fungi identification (e.g. Jepson Manual)
- Ability to use GPS remote sensing equipment
- Ability to communicate and operate within government organizations
- Ability and love for working outdoors
- Knowledge of estuarine and coastal forest ecology
- Knowledge of Mendocino County endangered species of interest
- Trained by Ron LeValley to work with snow plover and to perform bird counts by ear
- Trained by Matt Coleman to perform snorkel surveys in Big River
- FWS approved for Point Arena Mountain Beaver surveys
- Experienced and trained to load/unload and drive ATVs
- Army Corps Wetland Delineation certified
- Trained in Red Legged frog survey technique
- Trained in Behren’s silver spot butterfly survey technique
Suzie has also completed a variety of work trade assignments with 10 different hosts throughout France,Corsica, Germany, Catalonia, Spain, Sicily and New Zealand. Currently, in her spare time she is either practicing Process Coaching or helping to organize events that support Traditional Music and Dance, with a particular interest in the French button accordion.
Suzie E.W. Woolhouse received her BS degree in Environmental Studies and her M.S. degree in Biology both from San José State University. Her Masters was funded by the United States Forest Service to study rare plants that grow on Serpentine soils. This work was done in the Northern Sierra Nevada and included field and lab studies of six rare plant species. She presented her work at the 7th International Conference on Serpentine Ecology in Coimbra, Portugal as well as numerous conferences throughout California. A publication from her BS Senior Thesis research project in the Mendocino Pygmy Forest can be found here. A paper from her MS published in the journal Molecular Ecology can be found here and her photo was featured on the cover of the journal (seen here). Suzie has worked as a biologist at the Santa Clara Valley Water district as the lead naturalist at the Mendocino Outdoor Science School, an instructor and assistant for Field Studies courses in France and Death Valley, and has also traveled for 2+ years doing volunteer work throughout Europe, New Zealand and the Philippines.
Master of Science in Conservation Biology with a focus on Botany, San José State University, 2012
Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies with a focus on Restoration and Natural Resource Management, San José State University, 2009
Middle College (High School Senior Year) and Transfer Credits to 4-year University (Environmental Studies), De Anza Community College
Instructor Field Studies in Natural History of Death Valley National Park, CA
Lead Naturalist Mendocino Outdoor Science School, Mendocino, CA
March 2015 – October 2018
Instructors Assistant Field Studies in Paleobiology, Cuisine, Culture and Sustainability in Southern France through San José State University
June of 2013, 2014 and 2017
Biologist Santa Clara Valley Water District Santa Clara, CA
August 2011- February 2013
Botanist USDA Forest Service Plumas County, CA
May 2009-May 2011
Research Assistant UC Davis/SJSU, Colusa County, CA
Assistant Botanist Nomad Ecology, Martinez, CA
July 2008- September 2008
Research Mendocino Institute (SJSU), Big River State Park, Russell Pygmy Forest, Mendocino, CA
May 2008-July 2009
Research Assistant San José State University, Monterey County, CA
June 2008- July 2008
Research Assistant Mendocino Institute (through SJSU), Big River Watershed, Mendocino, CA
May 2007-October 2007
Russell, W., Lambert, Z. and Woolhouse, S. 2019. Old-Growth Characteristics on a Coast Redwood (Sequoia sempervirens (D. Don) Endl.) Pygmy Forest Ecotone. Madroño 66: 14-23. See PDF here.
Kay, K.M., Woolhouse, S., Smith, B.A., Pope, N. and Rajakaruna, N. 2018. Sympatric serpentine endemic Monardella (Lamiaceae) species maintain habitat differences despite hybridization. Molecular Ecology 27: 2302-2316. See PDF here.
Suzie’s photo made the cover. See the cover image here.
Woolhouse, S. 2012. The Biology and Ecology of six rare plants from Plumas National Forest, NorthernCalifornia, USA. Master’s Theses. 4221. San José State University. See PDF here.
Rajakaruna, N., Knudsen, K., Fryday, A., O’Dell, R. E., Pope, N., Olday, F. C., and S. Woolhouse. 2012. Investigation of the importance of rock chemistry for saxicolous lichen communities of the New Idria serpentinite mass, San Benito County, California, USA. The Lichenologist 44: 695-714. See PDF here.
Popular Journal Articles:
Woolhouse, S. 2011. Chapter scholarship supports graduate study of rare, serpentine endemic plants.The Blazing Star, California Native Plant Society, Santa Clara Valley Chapter Newsletter, November-December. See PDF here.
Woolhouse, S. and N. Rajakaruna. 2009. The SJSU Botany Garden Makeover: Volunteers gather to help restore a native plant garden. The Blazing Star, California Native Plant Society, Santa Clara ValleyChapter Newsletter, March-April. See PDF here.
California Botanical Society
Suzie was the main organizer for a statewide graduate research symposium, banquet and field trip held at San José State University.
California Native Plant Society, Santa Clara Valley Chapter
Suzie sat on the board of her local chapter of this non-profit organization, volunteered at events and led field trips.
May 2009 to August 2012
San José State University
Botany Garden Manager
Under the supervision of Dr. Nishi Rajakaruna, Suzie worked to restore the dilapidated University BotanyGarden. Duties included organizing a large volunteer effort to clear out overgrown and non-native species; creating a master plan to re-vegetate native species for public education; compiling a website for publicity of the garden including descriptions of all 91 species present.
December 2008 to May 2009
Nicole Bejar graduated from Gonzaga University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Studies and a minor in Biology. After graduating, she worked as an intern for The Nature Conservancy conducting vegetation monitoring for the endangered golden-cheeked warbler. She served as an AmeriCorps member for the Watershed Stewards Program which aims to conserve, restore, and enhance anadromous watersheds for future generations. She worked as a fisheries technician conducting salmonid monitoring and habitat restoration for various agencies, including the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission, and the Bureau of Land Management. She also has experience planning and implementing northern spotted owl and amphibian surveys.
Gonzaga University, Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Studies and a minor in Biology
- A.A. Social Science (2002): College of the Redwoods, Fort Bragg, CA
- Certificate of Attendance (July 2014) Pacific Energy Center, San Francisco, CA
- Energy Pro 6 Software for 2013 Title 24 Residential Compliance.
- AutoCAD Drafter | Wynn Coastal Planning, Fort Bragg, Ca | January 2014 – Current
- AutoCAD Drafter | I.l. Welty & Associates, Inc., Fort Bragg, Ca | February 2006 – Current
- Survey Techinician | Forrest Francis Land Surveyor, Fort Bragg, Ca | January 2012 – Current
- Autocad Drafter | Kpff Consulting Engineers, Fort Bragg, Ca | May 2003 – February 2006
- Customer Representative | Harvest Market, Fort Bragg, Ca | July 1997 – August 2002 & June 2010 – February 2011
- Fort Bragg High School 2010
Administrative Assistant Wynn Coastal Planning and Biology, Fort Bragg, Ca May 2019-Present
Inn Manager Sacred Rock Resort Elk, Ca. 2015 – 2019 Innkeeper Griffin House Inn Elk, Ca. 2012-2015
Inn keeper Harbor House Inn Elk, Ca. 2008-2012
11 years experience in the hospitality industry, recruiting, training, counseling and solving customer complaints and addressing stressful situations.