Mr. Perkins is a wetland ecologist and restoration specialist. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from McMurry University in Abilene, Texas and completed graduate studies in wetland ecology and environmental science at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Mr. Perkins has more than 20 years of experience in environmental/natural resources consulting and 25 years of experience with biological field-data collection. Mr. Perkins has extensive knowledge of the fauna and flora of the southeastern and central United States. Additionally, he has extensive knowledge of the ecology of rare and sensitive vegetation communities and habitat types in Texas and the southeastern United States. He has extensive experience performing wetland delineations and function/value assessment methodologies for wetlands. He has designed wetland mitigation, restoration and enhancement plans developed to replace the values and functions of wetland losses associated with urban development and the oil and gas industries. Mr. Perkins has extensive knowledge of the USACE Clean Water Act permitting process, legislation, litigation, judicial rulings, regulations, and policies. He has worked with several USACE districts, with include Galveston, Ft. Worth, New Orleans, Vicksburg, Mobil, and Jacksonville Districts. Mr. Perkins holds a TPWD Scientific Research/Collection Permit for fish, freshwater mussels, amphibians, reptiles, and macroinvertebrates and approved by USFWS to conduct surveys for several ESA listed flora and fauna species.