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Charlie Davis


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Charles Davis is a consulting ecologist specializing in rare species inventory and management. His clients have included U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, Maryland Army National Guard, U.S. National Park Service, U.S. Geological Survey, The Nature Conservancy, land developers, and numerous other private landowners. He has degrees in Fish & Wildlife Management from the School of Forestry from West Virginia University and Master of Science from the College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences at Towson University.

Mr. Davis is an instructor in numerous venues including popular presentations to school groups and community groups; private instruction; and technical presentations to university classes and professional groups. He was a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Oregon Ridge Nature Center Council. For ten years he has been an instructor for Johns Hopkins University Odyssey Program Certificate of Environmental Studies; where he teaches courses in plant identification techniques and tree identification.

He was formerly employed as coastal zone planner for Baltimore County government and natural resources planner for Marylands Chesapeake Bay Critical Area Commission. He is currently the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Natural History Society of Maryland, Inc., which is establishing the Maryland Naturalist Center. The Naturalist Center will promote ecological literacy by supporting a natural science collections center, by offering a social crossroads and a place for people interested in learning more about nature, and by incubating, developing, and delivering team-based, long-term, intergenerational nature programs, in cooperation with other community organizations. 


Natural Resources Inventory & Assessment
Rare Plant and Animal Surveys - Typically these surveys are for Federal or state regulatory compliance or for general land use planning at various spatial scales, including small private landholdings.
Plant Identification Services - From plant pieces to whole collections clients are interested in knowing what they have for pest management, plant propagation, medical research, crime investigation, and their general interest. Other consulting firms performing routine wetland or forest stand delineations take advantage of this service when they encounter an uncommon but abundant species that they cannot readily identify.
Comprehensive Vegetation Surveys - These surveys result in lists of all plant species occurring within a clients site. Surveys are most useful for establishing detailed information about plant communities to identify educational opportunities and detect special plant resources or as a pre-requisite to intensive land resources management. Frequently these surveys require multi-season site visits.
Land Resource Assessments " Prior to purchasing or selling lands, clients are sometimes interested in a fuller understanding of the transaction, namely what plant resources are included in the real property and the landscape history that facilitated the current conditions. An assessment includes this and research about other information about a clients specific interest.

Database Applications
Relational Database Application Development - Delivering and tracking information about components of biological communities requires an organized approach to data management. Designing and developing relational databases to manage results of surveys or data produced by clients.

Training and Interpretive Walks
Plant Identification Workshops - Custom designed workshops to improve the plant identification skills of attendees. Topics covered range for introductory skills to workshops emphasizing difficult to identify species.

Management Planning
Habitat Management Plans " While surveys document what a client has, habitat management plans list actions, schedule, and cost estimates for managing biological communities to achieve specific objectives. 


Davis, Charles A. and Linda M. Davis. 2007. Bryophytes of Great Falls Park, Fairfax County, Virginia: Revised Report. Prepared for George Washington Memorial Parkway, National Park Service Contract C330001011.

Davis, Charles A. and Linda M. Davis. 2006. Cool Spring Farm Marl Marsh: A Shenandoah Valley Wet Prairie Variant; Bullskin Run Drainage, Jefferson County, West Virginia: A Qualitative Plant Survey. Private client report.

Davis, Charles A. 2006. Survey for Crested Iris (Iris cristata) and Reconnaissance Survey for Habitats of other Rare, Threatened and Endangered Species along the Proposed Alignment for the Mid-County Highway, Montgomery County, Maryland: 2005 - 2006 Field Season Report. Prepared for Rummel, Klepper & Kahl, LLP. Subcontractors to Montgomery County Department of Transportation.