Who We Are

Who We Are

Charles McClain, M.S. (Associate)

Charles McClain, M.S. (Associate)

Restoration Ecology
Sacramento Valley

Charles McClain is an associate at t H. T. Harvey & Associates, with more than 20 years of experience. His breadth of skills includes habitat restoration, monitoring, and management; riparian, wetland, grassland, and oak woodland ecology; invasive species detection, mapping, and treatment; cattle grazing infrastructure and residual dry matter monitoring; and scientific research. Charles is trained in wetland delineation and the California Rapid Assessment Method (CRAM) for riverine, depressional, and vernal pool wetlands, as well as in Clean Water Act (Section 404), CEQA, and other regulatory permitting requirements. He holds federal and California permits to conduct surveys for listed vernal pool crustaceans and western spadefoot and is approved by USFWS to conduct surveys for valley elderberry longhorn beetle.

Charles monitors habitat development at restoration sites; develops restoration planting, maintenance, and monitoring plans; performs wetland delineations; and conducts plant community assessments, including oak regeneration studies and grazing utilization mapping. He applies his expertise to document progress toward meeting required vegetation, wildlife, and hydrology success criteria at mitigation sites.

Examples of his project roles include:  

  • Assessing soil, vegetation, floodplain inundation patterns, and special-status resources to assist with the design and permitting of native riparian habitat restoration on more than 200 acres of old walnut orchard, located on the Sacramento River in Glenn County.
  • Implementing a CRAM program for the Coon Creek watershed in Placer County, California, to document baseline conditions of riverine wetlands and create a framework for assessing watershed changes through time.
  • Supporting restoration and habitat monitoring on 25,000 acres of the Los Vaqueros Reservoir watershed and associated conservation lands in Contra Costa County, California.
  • Tracking and inspecting grassland and wetland revegetation sites, invasive species control measures, mitigation lands, and grazing plan implementation for the California Valley Solar Ranch, in San Luis Obispo County.

Charles received an M.S. in Biology from California State University, Chico, and a B.A. in Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Highlighted Publications:

Busnardo M. J., et al. 2017. Techniques to restore coastal scrub at a reclaimed quarry in Central California. Ecological Restoration 35:354–361.

Golet, G. H., et al. 2013. Successes, failures and suggested future directions for ecosystem restoration of the Middle Sacramento River, California. San Francisco Estuary and Watershed Science 11:1–29.

McClain, C. D., et al. 2011. Successional models as guides for restoration of riparian forest understory. Restoration Ecology 19:280–289.