Daniel Whitley is an Environmental Scientist in the Redding Forest Activities Unit and is being recognized for his outstanding work performance. Daniel joined the Central Valley Water Board in 2013, bringing with him more than 20 years of experience working as an "ologist" in California, from being a biologist for CalTrans and DFW, to a botanist then an ecologist with the Forest Service.
In the five years Daniel has been with the Central Valley Water Board, he has made considerable contributions to both the Forest Activities Unit and to the Central Valley Board's Forestry Program as a whole. When initially hired, Daniel quickly learned the permitting and compliance aspects of the Forest Activities Program, ultimately taking a lead role in advancing our understanding of herbicide use and effects on water quality from timber harvesting activities. In addition to performing permitting and compliance actions in the Redding office for all of Plumas County, Daniel concurrently lead the development and execution of two contracts with the USGS to further our access to cutting edge passive sampling systems for researching herbicide impacts, putting the board on the cutting edge of this research.
The Central Valley Water Board's Forest Activities Program has grown substantially since Daniel was first hired, and without hesitation Daniel has assisted new staff and encouraged them to invest in projects and topics that interest them and benefit the board. Daniel has become our "go-to" person in the Redding office for passive sampling technology and information on forestry herbicide impacts, and has continually been willing to assist other staff in whatever capacity he can. Daniel aided in the planning and implementation of the board's 2017 General Order for Timberland Management Activities, and specifically for those sections relating to post-fire salvage logging activities, including the importance of ground cover and herbicide application timing.
Daniel is required to balance numerous priorities in his position. He regularly looks for ways to turn ideas into actions and develops strategies for implementation. He is an innovative and creative thinker, and he encourages others to be creative in developing solutions. The Central Valley Water Board is very fortunate to have Daniel and greatly appreciates his contributions.