Marcia H. Wolfe

President / Certified Senior Ecologist, Ecological Society of America

About Marcia

She began her career picking blueberries in Washington State to help pay for college, later she lived and worked on one of the largest ranches in the nation in Vermejo Park, New Mexico. Throughout Marcia’s career, she has held positions such as Supervisory Reclamation Engineer for Kaiser Steel Corporation in Raton, New Mexico, Habitat Restoration Specialist for endangered species in oil/gas fields for EG&G Energy Measurements in Tupman, CA, Environmental Engineer III for Bechtel Petroleum Operations, as well as Senior Environmental Coordinator for ARCO Western Energy’s oil fields throughout California. Among many of Marcia’s landmark accomplishments includes the first establishment of native warm season grasses on human disturbed mined lands in New Mexico and on Coles Levee Ecosystem Preserve and Mitigation Bank in the Southern San Joaquin Valley. This laid groundwork for the James K. Herbert Wetland Prairie Preserve in Tulare County and preparation of permits for all of Kaiser Steel’s coal mines in three different states. She was also responsible for implementing the first successful field scale revegetation of abandoned oil field facilities at the former Elk Hills Naval Petroleum Reserve in California. Marcia saved millions of dollars in grading costs while still reducing permanent loss of range habitat by writing highwall retention regulations for the New Mexico State that enabled maintenance of cliff/slope dwelling birds and wildlife on coal mined lands.

Ms. Wolfe is a graduate of the California Agricultural Leadership Foundation (CALF), and actively served six years on the CALF Fellow’s Council as a Director for Region 8 in Kern and Tulare Counties. Marcia’s associations and affiliations include; serving as an active member on the Society for Ecological Restoration, the American Society for Mining and Reclamation, The Wildlife Society and the Ecological Society of America (ESA). She also serves as a Board member for the Kern River Parkway Foundation, is the former President of the San Joaquin Chapter of The Wildlife Society, and served on ESA’s Public Affairs Committee.

Educational Background

University of Puget Sound-Tacoma, WA; B.S. in Biology

Washington State University-Pullman, WA; M.S. in Botany/Plant Ecology with a Minor in Wildlife Ecology

Colorado State University-Fort Collins, CO; Post-Graduate work in Range Management, Habitat Restoration and Wildlife Management

Stanford University, Stanford, CA; Post-Graduate work in Management of Minimum Viable Populations

A few of Marcia’s awards and acknowledgements:

  • Certified Level II blunt-nosed leopard lizard surveyor.
  • Graduate, California Agricultural Leadership Program Class of XXXII (2001-2003)
  • Certified Environmental Inspector, Environmental Assessment Association
  • Awards for the Coles Levee Ecosystem Preserve project (Ford Foundation Innovations Award to CDFG ($100,000) for our role in the development of the Coles Levee Ecosystem Preserve
  • 1994 Special Recognition Award, The Wildlife Society Western Section, 1993
  • The ARCO President’s Environmental Award, 1993
  • The ARCO 1993 Environmental Achievement Award
  • The National Environmental Development Association Honor Roll, 1993
  • Best of the Pacific Environmental Award, Pacific Oil World, 1993
  • Industrial Developers’ Research Council Award for Distinguished Service in Environmental Planning, 1993
  • Who’s Who in the West 82/83
  • Who’s Who of American Women 89/90
  • Nominated for Reclamationist of the Year in 1985 by the American Society for Surface Mining and Reclamation
  • Certified Senior Ecologist; Ecological Society of America
  • Certified 40 hour OSHA hazardous waste training
  • 1989 Graduate of Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce Leadership Bakersfield
  • Certificate of Merit award for Reclamation on the Naval Petroleum Reserves in California, 1987, from the California Chapter/Soil and Water Conservation Society
  • Served the first female US National Park Service Ranger/Naturalists to conduct backcountry trail patrol at Mount Rainier for the US National Park Service, while attending graduate school