Loran May, President and Senior Botanist
Loran May is a botanist and wetland ecologist with an extensive knowledge of California’s flora and fauna, and has more than 18 years of experience conducting botanical and wetlands studies. Loran May is Sole Owner and President of May & Associates, Inc., a small woman-owned business specializing in biological resource planning and environmental consulting. Ms. May specializes in resolving environmental issues concerning federally endangered species, wetlands, and other sensitive resources, resulting in project approvals by state and federal agencies and county planning departments. She designs and implements wetland and endangered species habitat restoration projects, conducts baseline habitat mapping and floristic plant surveys; assesses project impacts on vegetation resources, and performs vegetation monitoring for biological mitigation projects. Ms. May prepares land and resource management plans and has extensive experience with Central Valley and Bay Area ecosystems.

Ms. May has managed numerous large and controversial projects, including the Golden Gate Park Lakes Rehabilitation Program; the Golden Gate Bridge’s Mission Blue Butterfly Habitat Restoration Program; the San Francisco International Airport Runway Reconfiguration Project (wetland mitigation land assessment components); the American River Parkway Invasive Plant Management Program; the Dry Creek Watershed Red Sesbania Control Program; and the San Bruno Mountain Gorse Control and Restoration project.

She is currently involved in numerous biological survey and restoration projects around the Bay Area, including improving the Coastal Trail System from the Marin Headlands in Marin County to Mori Point in San Mateo County; restoring endangered species habitats around East Fort Baker in Marin County; restoring lands at The Presidio of San Francisco; and assisting with biological resource planning and habitat enhancements for a variety of open space lands on behalf of the Golden Gate Park Service, the Golden Gate Parks Conservancy, the Presidio Trust, the Golden Gate Bridge, the City and Count of San Francisco, and the City of Santa Cruz.

Her Central Valley experience includes numerous projects in Sacramento, Yolo, Calaveras, Tuolumne, San Joaquin, and Stanislaus Counties. She provides biological resource information for a wide variety of projects, including open space and park projects; nonprofit preserve expansions; high speed rail; road widening and bridge replacement projects; utility line improvements; telecommunication projects; infrastructure projects (e.g. water, wastewater, schools); residential and commercial developments; mitigation banks; community development projects; and invasive plant control projects.


Lorie and her beloved trail buddy, Daisy