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Brian Elliott


Emily Elliott


Brian Elliott has had a lifetime interest in botany, ethnobotany, and the ecology and flora of western North America.  Brian has earned undergraduate degrees in plant science and philosophy at the University of Idaho, as well as a master's degree in botany at the University of Wyoming.


His master's thesis was a floristic inventory of south-central Colorado, focusing on plants of conservation and management concern.

Prior to forming Elliott Environmental Consulting Brian worked as a botanist for both the Bureau of Land Management and the Forest Service.  In the course of his career he has written over 150 biological assessments, biological evaluations, and technical or survey reports for rare plants and non-native invasive species.  He has also performed over 175 field botanical surveys in support of a variety of proposed projects, including vegetation monitoring, mines, timber sales, fuel reduction projects, roads, trails, campground construction, reservoir expansion, land development, prescribed burns, ski area expansion, recreation events, riparian restoration, pipelines, solar development, utility and power transmission line corridors, livestock grazing, pesticide use, noxious weeds, and Forest planning.  He has successfully devised integrated design criteria and mitigation for rare plants and invasive species in these projects.

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Handbook of Edible and Poisonous Plants of Western North America

    He has published a field guide for the edible and poisonous plants of western North America and has collaborated with the Colorado Rare Plant Initiative to develop a set of Best Management Practices for energy development in Colorado.