Preserving our world’s natural and cultural heritage is critical to who we are as a people. We practice this understanding at Catalyst, actively seeking to help clients, public and private alike, in restoring and/or conserving natural areas and resources so that future generations may experience the natural splendor of our planet.
Our team has restored streams, aquatic habitat, water quality, groundwater resources, and park/forest lands, as well as performed high level analysis and conservation planning for climate change adaptation, waste reduction, and invasive species management. We have performed these services across the United States and abroad. Catalyst has worked as part of IUCN’s Geoheritage Specialist Group, and the World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA). Our conservation and protected area management dream team helps identify and rank potential sites, prepare and manage applications, develop and implement protected area management plans and interpretive planning and provide expert advice and decision-making analyses.
Catalyst has assisted numerous public agencies and NGOs with planning and enacting restoration and conservation projects, including creating aquatic habitat for steelhead, reducing bacterial load (TMDL program) for urban stormwater resources, and performing high level assessment of ecological risk and human health risk. Our team is not only capable of strategizing and implementing environmentally beneficial programs, but is committed to doing so on a professional level. We value these actions and consider them a professional responsibility in our roles as environmental stewards.
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Dan Tormey, has served on UNESCO’s World Heritage Site Review Committee (on behalf of the IUCN) since 2009, having conducted 27 desktop reviews of nominations from States Parties to the World Heritage List, and one field mission. He has coauthored two publications on behalf of IUCN: Volcano Thematic Study (2019) and Best Practice Guidelines on Geoheritage Conservation in Protected Areas (2020) as well as numerous peer-reviewed publications on geoheritage, protected area management, and education. He is also a member of IUCNs World Commission on Protected Areas Geoheritage Specialist Group.
Catalyst has a dream team network of conservation planning specialists to support all phases of the process, from ranking potential sites for inclusion, developing stakeholder support for the process, developing application materials and working with governing authorities, and supporting recreational and land use planning. The depth and breadth of this team is unmatched.
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Cotopaxi Volcano summit crater at 5,897m, Ecuador © Dan Tormey
taken as part of the IUCIN Volcano Thematic Study​​​​​​​

and World

Stream Restoration
Invasive Species Eradication Planning & Analysis
Environmental Toxicology
Site Assessment and Remediation
Human Health Risk Assessment
Ecological Risk Assessment
Stormwater Quality & TMDL

Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment
Climate Change Adaptation Planning
Waste Reduction Strategies
Reclaimed Water Planning & Analysis
Groundwater Recharge Planning and Analysis

Expert Services
Application Management
Application Preparation
Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis
Site Identification and Ranking Process

Restoration, Conservation, and World Heritage Projects

World Heritage Experts in our team

World Heritage related news & insights

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Geoheritage as a Gateway to Developing a Conservation Ethic in High School Students From China and the United States.