Environmental Consulting Services

Assisting land owners with CEQA review, permitting, and the preparation of habitat management and revegetation plans.

What We Offer:

Our service area includes all of Northern California, with most of our work occurring in Sonoma, Lake, Mendocino, Humboldt, and Trinity Counties.

Native Sage Environmental Consulting assists landowners and local governments with program management, grant preparation, environmental review and processing pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), habitat restoration/vegetation management plans, and complete agency permitting to help our clients get past the planning stages and into implementation.

We provide scientific expertise, experience, and proven success rates to meet your environmental review and permitting needs. We also work with local complimentary professionals to provide you with a seamless team for all facets of your project.

As a small, certified diversity firm with over 40 years of combined experience, we consistently deliver products on time and at or below project budgets.

We work closely with Pinecrest Research Corporation who provides baseline biological and ecological analyses, to prepare environmental review and permitting. This moves our clients past the planning stages and into implementation!



Native Sage provides full-service project management, planning, and permitting services related to land use change to a wide variety of clients throughout California.

Native Sage is well connected in Northern California with biologists, surveyors, civil engineers, hydrologists and geomorphologists, and provides project management services for revegetation, mitigation, and restoration projects in a wide variety of habitats.

Permitting and Project Management

Native Sage helps landowners in California navigate the sometimes complex and competing regulations, laws and requirements involving land use change. We work with city and county planning offices, state agencies such as the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), State Regional Water Quality Control Boards and the Department of Cannabis Control to complete the process from basic idea to grow a project to getting all of the permits to do so.

Grant Funding

Many of our projects require technical assistance that can be beyond the reach of average landowners. We step in and write grants as well as manage grant programs for various types of projects, especially if there is a special-status species or flood control component.

For example, we successfully wrote CDFW Cannabis Restoration grants for bridge replacements over cold water streams that support salmon and for CDFW Watershed Restoration Grants for culvert replacements and small dam/impoundment repairs in rural areas. We also work on larger grant-funded projects for sediment removal in large lakes, creeks, and reservoirs, nonnative plant species removal and habitat restoration, especially in creek areas.


“Christine has helped us every step of the way, and has provided a roadmap on how to move forward with getting the County permits for our project”

“Christine wrote up the meeting notes from the grant agency, and then suggested local engineering firms (Civil and Structural) produced a Request for Proposal, coordinated the site visit, then worked with the team to write the scope of work for the grant application.”

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Cutting-Edge Technologies

To provide the most accurate scientific baseline studies, Native Sage uses drones and best available practices as they come available.


MS, Professional Landscape Architect

Christine Schneider, MS, Professional Landscape Architect (CA 3261) is principal and owner of Native Sage. She is joined by planners, ecologists and grant writers as needed to get the job done!

Christine Schneider is an experienced landscape architect, restoration ecologist and practitioner of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) with over 30 years of experience. She provides technical preparation of, assistance with, and support for completion of CEQA and NEPA documentation, including attaining compliance with all federal, state and local environmental regulations pertaining to land, air, water, natural and historic resources. She also prepares reconnaissance level planning reports, feasibility studies, habitat restoration plans and revegetation plans.


Native Sage works with private landowners, nonprofits, homeowner’s associations and government agencies at the intersection of land use change and environmental law to help develop, manage and restore land.

We primarily work in California. We have also worked for agencies in Alaska, Hawaii, Nevada and Washington.

Grant Writing

CEQA Review & Agency Liaison

Environmental Permitting & Processing

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