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Cyndie Walck

Engineering Geologist (specialty Fluvial Geomorphology) 

Cyndie Walck is the head of the watershed program for California State Parks with 25 years of experience in stream and watershed restoration. Her background is in fluvial geomorphology with a masters degree in both hydrology and geology. Cyndie has worked on projects throughout the Tahoe area as well as throughout California. She has participated int he Upper Truckee Watershed Advisory group for more than 20 years. Projects accomplished in the Tahoe area include restoration of several reaches of Angora Creek and Coldstream Creek, as well as many trail and bridge projects. “With the delay of more than 10 years due to litigation on CEQA technicalities, we have lost precious time to restore the river and habitat, sending more sediment into Lake Tahoe,” Cyndie Walck


Nathan Shasha

Environmental Scientist

Nathan Shasha joined California State Parks in 2005 assisting in the Watershed Management program of the Natural Resources section where he helped plan design and implement a number of stream and meadow restoration projects within the Sierra District. With a B.A. degree in Environmental Resource Management and a minor in Geographic Information Systems, he is the District Trails Coordinator planning designing and implementing numerous road and trail improvement and maintenance projects throughout the parks. Nathan has conducted the baseline monitoring and post restoration project monitoring for the Angora Creek Restoration project and the Proposed Upper Truckee River Restoration project. Nathan is currently working on trail improvements in Washoe Meadows State Park, the Rubicon trail at DL Bliss SP, and is currently constructing the Grover Hot Springs State Park Nature Trail ADA Improvements project.

Matt Trask

ECORP-Environmental Compliance Consultant

Matt Trask has more than 35 years of wide-ranging experience as an analyst, researcher and project manager in the environmental, energy, and water fields. He has managed and authored dozens of Environmental Impact Reports (EIR) and Environmental Impact Statements (EIS) and other compliance documents under the National Environmental Policy Act and the California Environmental Policy Act, as well as National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permitting process documents, and Biological Assessments and Habitat Conservation Plans required under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). He is also experienced in managing large restoration projects for wetlands and terrestrial sites disturbed by project construction and/or operations, and for restoration projects conducted as compensatory mitigation of power plant operations. Restoration projects include creek, river, bay, lagoon and other wetland sites, and prairie and desert habitat.

Forrest L. Richardson

Golf Course Architect

Forrest Richardson, American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA) executive board, studied golf course architecture at the University of Dundee, Scotland and learned under the direction of Arthur Jack Snyder. Forrest began his leadership for ASGCA in 2017, serving as President 2020-2021 and is a regular presenter at major golf conferences and contributor to several golf publications. He’s one of the few golf course architects to be appointed to a panel to rate golf courses on America’s Top 100 lists. Forrest is the author of five books on golf architecture and is a member of the USGA Museum Committee. Notable renovation efforts by Richardson include Olivas Links-Ventura, Baylands Golf Links-Palo Alto to be integrated within a larger natural preserve area with a youth golfer development, Mountain Shadows-Phoenix, and The Hideout-Utah. Forrest has observed that infrastructure (irrigation, drainage, paths and rootzones) at the popular Lake Tahoe 60-year old course are well past their useful life cycle. He has also noted that the Course is a point of pride for the State and Lake Tahoe Community with its expansive open space with habitat weaving in and out of the golf uses, and a place for people to enjoy the outdoors and spend quality time.

Jeffrey A. Danner

Golf Course Architect

Jeffrey A. Danner, ASGCA, MEIGCA, ASLA, has a design philosophy that includes a strong sense of environmental awareness, psychology and sensitivity. He finds creative strategy to stimulate the minds of all golfers, regardless of their abilities and is passionate about growing the game and making golf more inclusive and accessible for everyone. Prior to joining Forrest Richardson, Jeff was a Golf Course Architect with Greg Norman Golf Design and held previous design positions for U.S. firms with award-winning new construction and renovation projects. Degrees include: Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, Sustainable Golf Course Architecture, Post Graduate Diploma in Golf Course Architecture from the European Institute of Golf Course Architects (EIGCA). Jeff is one of only three golf course architects in the world to become a Member of both the American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA) and the European Institute of Golf Course Architects (EIGCA). He is also a Professional Landscape Architect (PLA) registered in the state of Florida and is an ASLA Member.