Michael McCollum specializes in negotiation, using creative solutions in conflict resolution. Mr. McCollum is experienced with the strategy, preparation, and negotiation of Regional Habitat Conservation Plans, Project HCPs, and Section 7 Consultations for both upland and wetland environs. He is adept at integrating project infrastructure, cost, community requirements, and economic viability with the need to conserve and protect wildlife resources. In private practice, he facilitated the adoption of the first state and national policies for the creation of conservation banks and developed the nation’s first conservation bank under the new policies. Prior to his work in the private sector, he served as Chief Deputy Director of the California Department of Fish and Game; where he managed the nation’s largest state wildlife department. He has served as Deputy Secretary for the California Resources Agency and worked to create the first Natural Communities Conservation Plan (NCCP) in California. Mr. McCollum holds a Master of Science in biology from San Diego State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from the University of Arizona.