Northwest Ecological Services has successfully assisted agencies with natural resource management and long-range planning. Our projects include shoreline and wetland inventories, mitigation planning, facilities planning, code revision, and ordinance compliance. Our team is well-versed in local laws and issues, current on regulations and permitting policies, and certified by a number of leading professional organizations.

NES has been providing assistance to local governments in third party review for Critical Areas Permits and development of local master plans for wetland, habitat, and shoreline programs.

NES is proud of our ability to work collaboratively to design low impact development projects and sustainable landscapes both within a master planning capability and project specific plans.

NES is excited to provide training and research in the areas of wetlands, wildlife, and land use ecology. Training workshops and presentations can be targeted to a range of audiences for example: special interest groups, wetland professionals, and agency staff.

As a smaller organization, we are able to leverage our combined experience and knowledge to complete many jobs faster and more economically than larger firms. Practical, working knowledge of local conditions, land use ordinances and issues contributes enormously to our ability to assist local clients, giving us a unique insight into development and mitigation challenges in north Puget Sound.

There is no substitute for first-hand experience of local land issues and regulations to create effective planning tools and expedite permit review. Decades of combined experience in north Puget Sound means faster turnaround and a smoother, more efficient process.


  • First-hand experience with code regulation and enforcement
  • Proven history of successful partnerships with dozens of developers, municipalities, engineers, surveyors, architects, and homeowners
  • Decades of combined experience resolving permitting, mitigation, monitoring, and assessment challenges
  • Extensive knowledge of local land use laws and procedures
  • Understanding of low impact development goals and techniques
  • Respected by federal, state, and local regulators
  • Ability to offer instruction and training to provide a deeper understanding of land use management