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Three Decades of Award-Winning Environmental Services

Our planet's complex environmental laws create a demand for the advice of consulting biologists and ecologists who can understand the natural systems involved, as well as the realities of management and restoration. Robin Lewis provides those skills.

Mr. Lewis was among the first in the U.S. to successfully restore damaged wetlands, and has been leading the vanguard of progress in habitat restoration and creation for more than 20 years. To date, Mr. Lewis has designed more than 125 completed wetland restoration or creation projects in the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. He has earned a well-deserved reputation among his peers as a leader in ecosystem management and restoration, and has presented invited papers on these subjects in the U.S., France, Spain, Mexico, Australia, New Guinea and a number of Caribbean, Central and South American Countries. His work has been featured in articles in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and The Orlando Sentinel.

Dedication to excellence is a hallmark of Lewis Environmental Services. From habitat restoration to permitting, mitigation, environmental impact studies and legal testimony, Lewis Environmental provides innovative, cost-effective and timely solutions to environmental challenges.

For three decades, Robin Lewis has set a standard of quality and commitment that has earned the respect of clients, regulators and colleagues alike.


Public agencies, industries, land developers and private citizens are among those who have turned to Lewis Environmental Services for professional assistance. We have also advised the governments of Canada, Mexico, Barbados, Colombia and Spain. Other clients include:

the U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force
Tampa Electric Company
Arvida Corporation
the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
the Tampa Port Authority
Southern California Edison
The Koll Real Estate Group
Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Cargill, Incorporated
The Wilson Company
Westinghouse Communities
the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
the U.S. Department of Justice
State transportation departments in Florida and North Carolina

For its innovative and high-quality approach to environmental management, Lewis Environmental Services and its clients have received these awards:

Florida Audubon Corporate Award to The Wilson Company for habitat restoration at the site of the Hyatt Regency Westshore, Tampa

Ecological Society of America Corporate Award and Florida Audubon Corporate Award to Tampa Electric Company and Lewis Environmental Services for a land stewardship program in Lower Tampa Bay

Hillsborough County Planning Commission Award of Recognition to Lewis Environmental Services for Natural Habitat Landscaping Design at Critikon, Inc., Tampa

Roy R. "Robin" Lewis III, Professional Wetland Scientist
Certified Senior Ecologist, Ecological Society of America
Board Certified Environmental Professional # 1611
President of Lewis Environmental Services, Inc.
"You will never know what is going on unless you hear the
whistle of the bullets"  -General George S. Patton, Jr.-


Lewis Environmental Services (LES) has extensive experience in all aspects of environmental management and permitting, including:


We work with current federal, state and local environmental regulations on a daily basis. Because of this knowledge, we can expedite permitting of complex projects by submitting acceptable mitigation plans concurrently with permit applications. We are often asked to negotiate revisions to mitigation plans that result in less expensive and more successful alternatives.


LES has designed, implemented and monitored more than 125 wetland mitigation/creation projects, ranging in size from less than a half-acre to more than 600 acres. We have successfully relocated submerged seagrasses at more than 20 sites, created mangrove forests at individual locations as large as 150 acres, and restored estuarine tidal marshes and upland habitats across North America and the Caribbean.


Our staff is highly skilled at conducting field reviews to locate sensitive wetland and upland habitats, and to determine the presence or potential occurrence of protected species. Our surveys have assessed the population and distribution of Lower Keys marsh rabbits, gopher tortoises, red-cockaded woodpeckers, yellow-shouldered blackbirds, burrowing owls and sandhill cranes. Based on our findings and production of detailed CADD-based maps, we have prepared acceptable design alternatives to minimize disturbance to these species and their habitats.


LES has participated in several major mitigation banking studies, and is actively involved in advising international, national and state agencies on the development of mitigation banking guidelines. Clients for these services include the National Audubon Society and Argonne National Laboratory (in conjunction with a study conducted for the American Petroleum Institute).


The staff of Lewis Environmental has been recognized by federal and state courts as expert witnesses on the subjects of wetland restoration, mitigation, and development-related impacts to wetlands. We work with our clients to prepare our own court exhibits, including mounted and labeled ground-level and aerial photography.


LES has been involved with the removal and control of exotic and nuisance plants for 15 years. Our expertise has been applied to the removal of Brazilian pepper, melaleuca and Australian pine throughout Florida. A recent control program was conducted on a mixture of these species on 92 acres within a sensitive aquatic habitat in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, known as Pond Apple Slough.

Benthic sampling
Water quality sampling
GIS computer mapping
Aerial photointerpretation and mapping



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