The Native Foresters team of environmental consultants, ecologists and field crew apply their multi-disciplinary skill sets to natural resource management, species management, flora and fauna assessments and site rehabilitation projects across Queensland.
Simon McVerry, Director
(BAppSc Natural Resource Management)
Simon McVerry founded the business in 2003 and has worked in resource management for 25 years across South East Queensland, focusing on native vegetation management and assessment. Simon liaises with clients to find simple, fauna-sensitive and cost effective solutions for urban and rural developments and infrastructure projects, which are NC Act 1992 compliant.
Tony Bright, Fauna specialist
Tony Bright is recognised Australia wide as a native fauna specialist and has more than 40 years' experience in fauna identification, monitoring and curating. He has spent ten years as a guide working in the Fraser Island region and 30 years doing field–based research in Australia and overseas. He is a licensed commercial reptile keeper and recreational amphibian keeper.
Vanessa Moscato, Environmental Scientist
(BSc; Cert III Water Quality; Cert IV Conservation)
Vanessa Moscato is a field botanist with 15 years experience in vegetation assessment, threatened species surveys and environmental monitoring. She is also a recreational reptile keeper and qualified wildlife spotter catcher.
Tim O’Reilly, Ecologist
Tim O'Reilly is an ecological consultant, qualified spotter catcher and professional ornithologist with 30 years’ experience in environmental research and education. He had led bird surveys for QPWS and developed and facilitated a ‘Flora and Birds of the Brigalow’ component in an accredited field ecology course through the University of New South Wales. He also runs staff training and workshops on bird identification and ecology at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve.
Jake Hazzard, Flora Specialist
(BSc Australian Environmental Studies; Cert IV Conservation & Land Management)
Jake Hazzard has 15 years' experience in survey and identification of south east Queensland's native, exotic and EVNT plant species. He has also spent 11 years managing Sunshine Coast wholesale/production/retail nurseries.
Paul Cooper, Revegetation Project Manager
(Diploma - Conservation and Land Management)
Paul Cooper is qualified in horticulture and has 20 years’ experience in weed management, plantation management and revegetation across a range of ecosystems.
Pru McIntyre, Environmental Scientist
Pru McIntyre is a qualified environmental scientist with experience in ecology and bush regeneration and a strong interest in environmental management and soil sciences.
Michael Cooper, Revegetation Project Manager
(Cert IV in Conservation and Land Management; Cert IV Horticulture)
Michael Cooper is an experienced bush regenerator with 20 years' experience gained locally in restoration and revegetation. In 2016, Michael received Australian Association of Bush Regenerators Accreditation.
Paul McVerry, Agroforestry Projects Manager
Paul McVerry manages the range of native timber plantation services provided by Native Foresters and brings his long and valuable experience in rural industries to this role. Paul assists with Native Foresters forestry services, including project planning, site preparation, planting, plantation maintenance through to harvesting and processing operations. Full bio / Personal website