Janelle Rieland is a project manager and wildlife biologist in WEST’s Golden Valley, Minnesota office. Janelle received her B.A. in Fisheries and Wildlife from the University of Minnesota in 2002 and began her career helping landowners create and manage wildlife habitat in Starkville, Mississippi. Since that time, Janelle has worked as a principal consultant and biological group manager at Natural Resource Group and Environmental Resources Management, with her work focusing on the preparation of documents associated with Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act and the National Environmental Policy Act, including Biological Assessments, Environmental Impact Statements/Environmental Assessments, and Environmental Reports associated with permitting midstream oil and gas projects (natural gas pipelines and liquefied natural gas terminals).
Despite living in the Upper Midwest, Janelle has primarily worked on projects in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and the Pacific Northwest. On these projects, she focused on potential project-related impacts on the American burying beetle, least tern, piping plover, red-cockaded woodpecker, sea turtles, marine mammals, Columbian white-tailed deer, and salmonids. In addition, Janelle has been a part of a presentation team for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Environmental Training Seminars, where she provided instruction on environmental report preparation to participants from the oil and gas industry, consulting firms, federal and state agencies, and non-governmental organizations.