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Women Entrepreneurs Benefit (WEB) 2005

WEB winners show exceptional accomplishment in building new kinds of businesses or in pioneering new and better ways of running old businesses.

Rising Star Award

Loran MayLoran May
May & Associates

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 throughout California and the western states. A Bay Area native, Loran May is Owner and President of May & Associates, Inc., specializing in biological resource planning and environmental consulting.

Loran specializes in resolving environmental issues concerning endangered species, wetlands, and other sensitive resources. She designs and implements 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.

Loran provides biological resource information in support of a wide variety of projects. She has managed numerous large-scale 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 National Park Service, the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, the Presidio Trust, the Golden Gate Bridge, the City and County of San Francisco, and the City of Santa Cruz.

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