About us

We help you to save money and protect the environment.

Sage Earth is an environmental consulting firm specializing in Environmental Impact Studies, Natural Heritage Evaluations, Environmental Impact Assessments, Development Assessment Reports, Biological Inventories, Ecological Restoration, Endangered Species Act permitting and Geographic Information Services. 

The partners of the firm are Dan Barcza and Natalie Atkinson who have 30 years of joint experience in the environmental sciences and the consulting sector. 

Sage Earth’s approach examines existing terrestrial, wetland and aquatic environments in relation to human development, management and restoration proposals. We represent our clients in a manner that facilitates development in a sustainable manner

Team members

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Dan Barcza

President, Terrestrial and Restoration Ecologist

Mr. Barcza has twenty-three years of experience as a Terrestrial Ecologist, Botanist, Restoration Ecologist, Dendrologist, Horticulturalist, Wildlife Biologist and Species-at-Risk Biologist. He has managed and been a key contributor in numerous projects including Environmental Assessments, Environmental Impact Studies, Natural Heritage Evaluations, Watershed Studies, Park Management Plans, Environmental Monitoring Programs, Aggregate Resource Assessments, Forest, Edge, Sediment & Erosion Management Plans, Endangered Species Act Permits & Environmental Restoration Plans. His contributions include management, field investigations, environmental documentation preparation, secondary source review & coordinator of reports. Dan completed the Ecological Land Classification for Southern Ontario Training Course in September 2005, the Ontario Wetland Evaluation Training Course in June 2006, Certified Butternut Health Assessor Course in 2014, Department of Fisheries and Oceans Freshwater Mussel Identification Course in 2016 and Ontario Reptile and Amphibian Survey Course in 2019. Dan graduated as a certified RX-100 certified Forest Firefighter in April 2010.

Natalie Atkinson

Vice President and Ecologist

Mrs. Atkinson has over 10 years of experience as a biologist working with the University of Toronto, University of British Columbia, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, Wildlife Rescue Association of BC, Grouse Mountain Refuge for Endangered Wildlife and Earth Rangers. She has worked as a biologist for Sage Earth Ltd. since spring of 2006 and for Sage Earth, since 2012. Mrs. Atkinson has been involved in numerous small-scale projects including Environmental Assessments, Environmental Impact Studies and Natural Heritage Evaluations and has been a contributor in large-scale projects including Environmental Assessments, Environmental Impact Studies, Natural Heritage Evaluations, tree surveys, watershed studies, tree preservation plans, environmental monitoring programs, and environmental restoration plans. Her contributions include botanical field investigations, environmental documentation preparation and secondary source review of reports. Natalie completed the Ontario Wetland Evaluation Training Course in June 2006, Ecological Land Classification for Southern Ontario Training Course in September 2007.  She is a member of the Society of Ecological Restoration, Field Botanists of Ontario and COTERC (The Canadian Organization for Tropical Education and Rainforest Conservation).  She also became a Certified Ontario Wildlife Rehabilitator with the Ministry of Natural Resources (Ministry of Natural Resources) in 2009.

Jennifer Neill

Ecologist

Ms. Jennifer Neill has six years of experience working within the Environmental sector. She is an honors graduate from the Environmental Technician program at Seneca College. She also holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD U). Jennifer is certified under the Ontario Stream Assessment Protocol (OSAP, Crew Leader), Level 2 Ontario Fish Identification (MNRF), the Ontario Benthos Biomonitoring Network (OBBN), RX100 Low Complexity Prescribed Burn (LCPB) Worker (MNRF), the Ontario Wetland Evaluation System (OWES) (MNRF) and demonstrates a high level of competence using the Ecological Land Classification (ELC) for Southern Ontario (First Approximation and 2008 edition). Jennifer has managed and been a key contributor in numerous small and large-scale environmental projects throughout Ontario. Her written contributions include; Development Assessment Reports (DAR), Environmental Impact Studies (EIS), Natural Heritage Evaluations (NHE), Oak Ridges Moraine Conformity Statements and Ecological Restoration Management and Planting Plans. Jennifer has a strong interest in Botany and the native flora of Ontario. Her terrestrial contributions include, detailed botanical inventories (native, cultivated and exotic species), ecological land classification, incidental wildlife surveys, Species at Risk (SAR) individual identification, SAR habitat evaluation and ecological restoration (Tallgrass Prairie ecosystems). Her aquatic contributions include macro-invertebrate benthic identification, fish identification and aquatic vegetation identification. Jennifer holds a position on the Board of Directors for Tallgrass Ontario (TgO).

Nicole Wajmer

Wildlife Biologist

Ms. Wajmer completed the Wildlife Biology undergraduate and Integrative Biology graduate program at the University of Guelph. Her Masters research focused on the relationship between personality and migration in different ecotypes of Lake Superior Brook Trout. Ms. Wajmer has a wide range of aquatic and terrestrial experiences from her time working in various sectors of biology including industry, government, and academia. She has strong interests in conservation biology and has been involved in recovery programs for the Endangered Northern Spotted Owl and Eastern Loggerhead Shrike. She has successfully completed certifications for First Aid and CPR, ACUC Dive Master, Ontario Benthos Biomonitoring (OBBN), Backpack 2 Electrofishing, Ontario Stream Assessment Protocol (Crew Leader), Ontario Fish Identification (MNRF), the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Freshwater Mussel Identification Course, and the Ontario Reptile and Amphibian Survey Course..