Ross R. Lahren

CONSULTANT

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Mr. Lahren supported Marstel-Day in preparing a Real Estate and Conservation Partnering Analysis in order to provide the Marine Corp Installations East with a comprehensive understanding of how federal real estate and conservation partnering authorities and programs can support the Marine Corps, military training. Tasks included evaluating existing Department of Defense (DOD) tools and real estate authorities; identifying existing DOD exploratory pilots; identifying and evaluate existing DOD, Department of Navy and US Marine Corps policies, strategies and programs; and identifying and evaluating non-DOD based conservation partnering and funding programs and use of other federal funds for compatible military training.

Mr. Lahren is a veteran of the United States Army. After serving 5 years as a Military Policeman in South Korea and the United States Military Academy, Mr. Lahren was employed by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), an agency of the United States Department of Agriculture, for 35 years. While employed with the NRCS, Mr. Lahren performed duties at all levels within NRCS in North Dakota, Nebraska, Washington and Washington DC. Mr. Lahren has worked with private landowners, commodity groups, environmental organizations, and other federal and state agencies to provide natural resource enhancement, restoration and protection through grassroots natural resource conservation and environmental management while successfully balancing the needs of multiple-and often competing-constituencies, including landowners, contractors, environmental groups and military installations. While in Washington DC, Mr. Lahren provided national leadership in the development and implementation of a $700 million conservation easement acquisition/restoration budget that included the Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP), Farm Ranchlands Protection Program (FRPP) Emergency Watershed Protection Program (EWPP), Healthy Forest Reserve Program (HFRP), and American Recovery and Re-Investment Act.

Mr. Lahren has extensive experience in developing, coordinating and implementing local, state and national initiatives, strategies, campaigns, programs, projects, work plans, budgets, publications, educational materials. His skills in developing and maintaining effective working relationships with leading conservationists, scientists, agency administrators, members of Congress, Congressional staff and leading Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs). Mr. Lahren has used his extensive knowledge and understanding of federal conservation programs and environmental regulations to developed testimonies for Farm Bill development, as well as rulemaking and policy development. Mr. Lahren obtained a BS in earth science from Minot State College in 1983.