About Us

We are pragmatic optimists, passionate about environmental restoration and empowering people. We see firsthand the positive difference our projects make.

Our team is unique

At WLS, our team makes us unique. We have 100 years of combined restoration experience in the core WLS leadership team alone! We are considered experts at pairing financially sound mitigation solutions with sustainable ecological restoration.

Our passion and energy for success sets us apart. Our knowledge and experience is deep and wide. We work in all states across the US where ecosystem restoration is needed.

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Our Team

Our team is made up of passionate and professional (and fun!) world-class geomorphologists, hydrologists, ecologists, and engineers. With over 100 years of combined restoration and project experience, we have the expertise to ensure our projects exceed your expectations.

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Tommy Cousins

President
Kayne van Stell

Kayne van Stell

VP of Ecosystem Design, CERP
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Nate Ober, PG

VP Mitigation Services, Pennsylvania
Josh White

Josh White, PG, PE, CFM, CPESC

VP Mitigation Services, Ohio
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Chris Carter

VP Mitigation Services, South Carolina
Daniel Ingram

Daniel Ingram

General Manager, North Carolina
Tory Grayson

Tory Grayson, PWS

General Manager, South Carolina
Christopher Tomsic

Chris Tomsic

Senior Project Engineer, PE, CFM
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Matt Fisher

Business Development Director
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Bob Perry

Senior Mitigation Strategist
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James Sandoz

Land Manager
Cara Conder

Cara Conder

Senior Project Manager
Catherine Manner

Catherine Roland

Project Manager
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Glen Kilgore

Project Manager
Sarah Barbee

Sarah Barbee

Project Manager
Robert Stewart

Robert Stewart

Senior Project Engineer, PHD, PE
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Amber Snavley

Ecological Markets Manager
Julie Bernstorf

Julie Bernstorf

Restoration Engineer, PE
Emily

Emily Dunnigan

Monitoring Manager
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Rocky Rockwell

Water Resource Specialist
Jason Hightower

Jason Hightower

GIS Analyst
Kyle Obermiller

Kyle Obermiller

Project Ecologist
Caroline Durham

Caroline Durham

Field Ecologist
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Maxwell Linder

Environmental Technician
Aaron Lesko

Aaron Lesko

Senior CAD Designer
James Coffin

James Coffin

CAD Analyst
Sammy Jo Hinnant

Sammy Jo Hinnant

Mitigation Coordinator
Riane Fisher

Riane Fisher

Sales Administrator
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Kim Paulsen

Assistant Controller
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Tim Crist

Consultant

Our Results

Frequently Asked Questions

What expertise does the WLS team have?

The restoration industry is unique in its level of diversity and skill sets required to implement successful projects. The WLS team represents the top echelon of multidisciplinary experts in our industry. Our expertise, varied backgrounds, educational experiences, geographical range, and understanding of project success is unparalleled. We have in-house scientists, financial experts, engineers, monitoring and maintenance experts, biologists, geomorphologists, geologists…literally specialists from all aspects of the industry reside in-house at WLS.

What makes you different from other mitigation providers?

Our passion is to empower people while transforming and restoring the environment. We know that environmental restoration doesn't have to be a zero-sum game, and that everyone can win. We've seen it happen. Our team includes some of our industry's most respected specialists in the United States. We love taking on challenging projects because they allow us to bring all our skills and expertise to the table.

Is your mitigation experience limited to certain regions, projects, or credit types?

We have either operated, or have people who have worked in, every market where mitigation exists. Currently, we do not have projects in all 50 states, but our restoration footprint continues to expand. We have the ability and experience to successfully develop and implement all types of restoration projects throughout the country.