Key Staff

James Boyle, PWS, LPF –

Principal Wetlands Scientist

Jim obtained his Bachelor of Science Degree in Forest Management from the University of Maine at Orono in 1980. For nearly 10 years, Jim worked as a professional forester throughout Maine. While employed with such companies as the Patten Corporation, Champion International and Great Northern Paper Company, Jim conducted project planning, forestry analysis, timber inventories, and land-use analysis. While working with Rowe and Ellis Surveying and Engineering in the early 1980’s, Jim implemented a program using Hewlett-Packard PCs for mapping, plotting, word-processing and database management. It was here that Jim discovered his enthusiasm for technology and the ways in which it can make environmental work more efficient and accurate. Since this early introduction, Jim has strived to stay informed and at the forefront of technology. Jim is always searching for new and better ways to use technology to the benefit of his clients.

Along with gaining knowledge and an appreciation of the hi-tech, Jim developed a wealth of experience and expertise in the field of ecology. After many years of being a forestry professional, and prior to starting Boyle Associates, Jim was the Environmental Siting Coordinator for Central Maine Power (CMP). At CMP, Jim conducted environmental assessments, obtained federal, state and local permits for new facilities, served as environmental inspector to ensure regulatory compliance, and was the Chair of CMP Land & Water Stewardship Task Team. As President of Boyle Associates, Jim has completed a great variety of environmental consulting projects and oversees quality control and assurance on all Boyle Associates projects.

Heather Storlazzi Ward, NHCWS, CPESC –

Senior Wetland Scientist & Project Manager

Heather received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Natural Resources from the University of Maine in 1994. She has been working within the ecological and wetland science profession since 1995, and joined Boyle Associates in 2006. Heather has over 15 years of experience in natural resource assessments, wetland delineation, wetland functional assessments, and state and federal wetland permitting. In addition to natural resource assessments, Heather is experienced in Third Party environmental inspection (3PI) for Maine DEP, wetland mitigation sequencing and design, environmental restoration, and GPS technology Heather is a member of the New Hampshire Association of Natural Resource Scientists and Maine Association of Wetland Scientists (MAWS). Heather worked in New Hampshire for over 8 years as an environmental consultant and wetland scientist, and is experienced in the New Hampshire permit process at the Federal, State and local levels. Local permitting in New Hampshire often required the preparation of Environmental Impact Assessments (EIS), presented to Planning Boards and Conservation Commissions.

As a Project Manager and Senior Wetland Scientist for Boyle Associates, Heather is responsible for the management of wetland permitting and wetland mitigation projects. Heather provides permitting and regulatory advising and prepares federal and state permit applications for projects throughout northern New England. She coordinates with local, state and federal regulators and provides documentation of avoidance and minimization efforts made during project design, including the incorporation of Low Impact Design (LID). Heather assists clients in the preparation of both on-site and off-site alternatives analyses (including Clean Water Act Sections 401/404 and 404(b)(1) Analyses). In addition to permit preparation and acquisition, Heather provides clients with a full line of wetland consulting services, including on-site field inspections for preliminary land evaluations, wetland delineations and mapping using GPS, vernal/significant vernal pool identification, functional assessment analysis (using USACE Highway Methodology and the New Hampshire Method), impact assessments, and mitigation design and monitoring. Also, as a Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control since 2002, Heather can provide on-site sediment and erosion control inspections and permit compliance monitoring.

Heather has been a New Hampshire Certified Wetland Scientist (CWS) since 2000 and a Certified Professional in Sediment and Erosion Control (CPESC) since 2002. She is a member of the Maine Association of Wetland Scientists and the New Hampshire Association of Natural Resource Scientists.

Jared Boyle

Senior Wetlands Scientist and Construction Inspector
Jared has over 6 years of experience as an Environmental Scientist/Inspector. Jared has the following specific areas of expertise:
• Conduct on-site environmental training and inspection services for construction projects.
• Delineate wetland resources in accordance with current natural resource regulations and
• Water management and preservation projects.
• Identify and control invasive plants for wetland creation permit compliance and habitat restoration
• Map and assess vernal pool habitat including pool origin, biological abundance, and jurisdiction.
• Conduct resource boundary mapping using Trimble GPS hardware and software.
• Assist in natural resource data collection, analysis and reporting.
Jared has a BS in Ecology and Environmental Science from The University of Maine, Orono