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Tad Mason
Chief Executive Officer
Email: tmason@tssconsultants.com
Phone: (916) 600-4174

Tad Mason has over 43 years of experience in the fields of natural resources management, renewable energy project development, feedstock supply chain development, and forest fuels reduction.  As a Registered Professional Forester, Mr. Mason has hands-on experience in all aspects of natural resources management from preparation of forest management plans, to managing forest fuels reduction projects, to advising decision makers on key policies in support of renewable energy deployment and forest fuels reduction/restoration.


Frederick Tornatore
Chief Technical Officer
Email: fatoxic@tssconsultants.com
Phone: (916) 601-0531

Frederick Tornatore is Chief Technical Officer of TSS. Mr. Tornatore has over 45 years experience in environmental management and regulatory compliance, energy development, permitting and environmental impact analyses, and technology evaluation. As a consultant, he has worked for a large array of clients in a variety of energy, industrial, commercial, and institutional areas. Clients have included firms in the fields of energy development, manufacturing, aerospace, utilities, refining, exploration and production, mining and cement, recycling and scrap metal, real estate development, law, as well as federal (DOD and DOE), state, local, and tribal governmental entities.



David Augustine
Senior Environmental Consultant
Email: daugis@winfirst.com
Phone: (916) 396-3719

David Augustine has over thirty years experience in environmental analysis, management, and compliance and the economic and financial analysis of electric generating facilities. He has worked for an electric utility, a natural gas utility and a number of management and environmental consulting firms. Clients worked for have included power plant developers, a residential developer, alternative electric generation developers, an engine inventor, and federal, state and local government agencies including the DOE, DOT and the California Public Utilities Commission.


Steven J. Daus, Ph.D.
Senior Planning and Regulatory Compliance Consultant
Email: sdaus@comcast.net
Phone: (408)721-9849

Over a nearly forty-year national and international career, Dr. Daus has provided natural resource project identification, impact analysis, pre-implementation preparation, and field implementation oversight services to a broad spectrum of private and governmental clients. As a well- experienced practitioner, he offers clients the ability to design projects with the knowledge of the realities of getting them done in the field. Dr. Daus received both a Bachelor of Science in Forestry and Range Science (1970) and a Master of Science in Wildland Resource Science (1972) from the School of Forestry, University of California, Berkeley. He went on to receive a doctorate in Ecology (quantitative analysis of ecological systems) in 1979 from the Graduate Ecology Group, University of California, Davis, CA. In addition to the natural resource subject material, Dr. Daus carried a minor throughout his advanced studies in remote sensing applications. He is a retired California Registered Professional Forester and carried an associated archaeological survey certification. Over the last 20 years he has focused on fire and fuels hazard reduction projects, oak woodland assessments, and regulatory compliance, working with private clients, fire safe councils, resource conservation districts, special districts, county governments, and state agencies.


Richard Harris
Senior Environmental Analyst
Email: rrharris2464@sbcglobal.net
Phone: (707) 678-3504

Dr. Harris was project manager and/or principal-in-charge for many environmental assessment and planning projects throughout California and in other western states during the period 1977-1982. These included general plans, resource management plans, environmental impact reports and statements and forest management plans.From1982 to the present, Dr. Harris conducted riparian vegetation assessments for numerous proposed and existing hydroelectric, water supply and flood control projects on streams throughout California. These studies have included comprehensive literature reviews, field data collection, quantitative analysis of field data, and publication of many professional reports and several peer-reviewed journal articles. Clients have included EA Engineering, ENTRIX, MWH, Resource Insights and START California. Recent projects have been on the Kern River, Feather River (Oroville Project), Whitewater River, South Fork American River, Orestimba Creek and Truckee River.


Calvin Teruo Mukumoto
Email: mukumoto@gmail.com
Phone: (541) 217-4901

Calvin Mukumoto is a business manager with over 35 years of experience. Working at the senior executive level, Cal is experienced in strategic business planning, business viability assessments, marketing, interim management, contract negotiation, project management and turnaround management.


Jason Smith
Field Forester
Email: jasonbsmith@tssconsultants.com
Phone: (209) 743-2972

Jason Smith is a consulting forester and stewardship project manager with extensive experience collaborating with government, nonprofits and private landowners in the Central and Southern Sierra Nevada mountains. He also provides management to private timberlands with a focus on conservation forestry and fire resiliency.