Principal and Owner
Principal and Owner
Diane Barr is the founder and principal of Camas, LLC with over 25 years of experience in the federal, state, and local regulatory permitting in the renewable energy field as well as federal programs (HUD, FEMA, Veteran Affairs). Ms. Barr career includes holding positions within private electrical utilities as a regulatory manager for renewable energy divisions. In a utility manager role, she was responsible for leading FERC dam safety and licensing proceedings, legal settlements, and compliance for more than 50 dams, 10 windfarms and four solar installations. In the hydroelectric industry she has also overseen FERC Part 12 dam safety inspections, Board of Consultants processes, power scheduling, public safety, and daily operations.
Ms. Barr supports the wind and solar industry through construction permitting, compliance, and federal HCPs.
Ms. Barr lately has supported clients as a facilitator to manage complex proceedings with diverse stakeholders. These proceedings range from endangered species permitting to water transactional purchase and sales. As the principal and owner at Camas, she is responsible for the daily operations for all staff and business management. Clients seek her support to assist through complex regulatory proceedings that appear to have limited opportunities for solutions.
Ms. Barr applies her facilitation experience and regulatory process knowledge to reach timely equitable solutions. Ms. Barr supports the industry through her involvement as a conference moderator, speaker, Low Impact Hydro Institute independent reviewer, and a NW Hydro Association Board of Director for more than 12 years.
Project Scientist III
Lisa has over 10 years of experience in the environmental due diligence field. She has managed and performed several Phase I and Phase II Environmental Site Assessments on a wide variety of properties including residential, commercial, and industrial sites throughout the Pacific Northwest and the East Coast.
In addition, Ms. DeRose has experience obtaining federal, state, and local permits associated with restoration and residential and commercial development projects. She has environmental compliance experience from obtaining regulatory closure for large industrial manufacturing facilities to assisting local municipalities obtain Housing of Urban Development federal funding.
In her spare time, Lisa enjoys the outdoors with her husband and two daughters (Nora and Natalie). Lisa also enjoys exercising, cooking, and collecting indoor plants.
Project Scientist III
Matt is a permitting and hydrology specialist with over 19 years of experience in environmental compliance, coastal systems, and aquatic system investigations. He works with government agencies to complete federal, state, and local permitting and compliance with NEPA, CEQA, Clean Water Act, Coastal Zone Management Act, and Endangered Species Act for projects in Oregon and California, and has conducted pollutant monitoring of NPDES permitted infrastructure. Matt is also an experienced project manager, coordinating between stakeholders’ processes to achieve project goals and maintaining regulatory compliance through data management and annual reports of monitoring efforts.
Matt works to support projects with topics including urban and agricultural water supply infrastructure and regulation, aquatic habitat restoration, renewable energy, and community development. Matt’s solution-oriented approach has led to supporting small municipalities identifying and securing funding sources for critical infrastructure improvement projects and finding critical scheduling pathways to complete projects on-time and on-budget.
In his spare time, Matt enjoys exploring the local mountains and waterways with his wife and dogs, gardening, and running.
Environmental Planner III
Alex is an environmental planner with over 15 years of environmental compliance, urban planning, and project management experience. Through his work in the public and private sectors, Alex has successfully prepared CEQA and NEPA environmental reviews and supported regulatory permitting efforts for public agencies in New York, California and Oregon.
Before joining Camas, Alex led innovative stormwater management and green infrastructure projects in New York City, and assisted with environmental compliance and permitting for new parks and capital improvement projects in San Francisco. More recently, as an Associate Planner at Horizon Water and Environment in Oakland, CA, Alex prepared environmental reviews and technical studies for watershed management, stream maintenance, energy transmission, maritime and highway improvement projects for a range of clients, including the East Bay Municipal Utility District, Port of Oakland, California Public Utilities Commission, Caltrans, and municipalities throughout the Bay Area.
Currently Alex is an Environmental Planner at Camas, LLC where he is supporting the acquisition of regulatory approvals and the development of resource management plans for the removal of four dams on the Klamath River. He also assists municipalities and public agencies in southern Oregon with NEPA compliance for housing, social service, job training, and open space projects.
In his free time, Alex enjoys spending time with his family exploring the parks and trails of the Rogue Valley, and the beaches of the Oregon coast. In the cooler months you can find him cross country skiing behind Mt. Ashland or riding his bike when the sun is out.
Environmental Planner I
Dustin is a newcomer, having only joined the Camas team in December. He has a background in geospatial analysis and data collection field work, and supports the team with map production, federal and state permitting, and cannabis production permitting and compliance.
As a resident of the Rogue Valley for 25 years, Dustin is well acquainted with the changing culture and landscape of the area. He enjoys and learning about, and exploring the outdoors, and about all else that involves playing with dirt.
Michelle joined Camas with over 25 years of experience in operational management in the social services sector. She is a management professional in the areas of budget development, expenditure controls, organizational planning, personnel management, and external/internal audits to ensure quality and compliance.
As the Business Administrator for Camas, she is responsible for all aspects of the business operations for the company. She works alongside the environmental professionals at Camas to ensure that all client and vendor needs are met to ensure smooth operations of the business.
In her free time, Michelle enjoys spending time with her large family, playing with her dog Aspen, cut flower gardening, and spending time outside camping, exploring rivers, hiking and just enjoying the beauty of nature.
Social Media Coordinator
Delaney Barr as the Social Media Coordinator responsible for planning, implementing, and monitoring a company’s Social Media strategy. She ensures that our projects accomplishments and events are shared with our followers. In addition, she tracks key industry social media sites and informs the staff of environmental resource posts that keep us better informed. Ms. Barr is also responsible for marketing materials, including working with our web developer to keep our website current. Ms. Barr is currently attending Art Center College of Design in Pasadena where she is seeking a B.S. in Transportation Design.
Briar joined Camas in August 2021. Prior to joining the Camas team Briar was abandoned in a backyard chain-link kennel for more than 3 yrs. He was finally surrendered to the Northern California German Shorthair Rescue Program, where Diane found him described as…” the most mellow and easy going 5 yr. old GSP ever found…needing only one extensive walk or run a day”. Diane having had GSP’s before, knew he was a unique GSP, and would perfectly fit into her daily running program and family. Briar soon became a member of the Camas family after that. Briar can be found in the Camas office every day providing comic relief, stealing food (can’t take the dog out completely of the gutter) or sleeping on his back with all paws straight up in the air. When not in the office he is attending classes on being a responsible family member, trail running, or is “on hunt” for all things avian and small mammals, especially skunks. While dubbed “head of security”, he is in fact the antithesis, as he is unphased if UPS, FedEx, or any stranger walks through the door…. ”protective” is not in his CV.