David Young serves as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) for WEST overseeing day to day operations of the company, including key functions such as Geographic Information Systems, Information Technology, Health and Safety, Purchasing and Inventory and the company infrastructure teams at WEST. He is also an active project manager and wildlife biologist, and has been with WEST since 1992. He received his B.S. in Biology from Earlham College in 1986 and a M.S. in Zoology from the University of Georgia in 1988. His specialty areas include threatened and endangered (T&E) species and wind power research.
David has received formal training in Endangered Species Act, Section 7 Consultation and Habitat Conservation Plans; has conducted numerous T&E species surveys, clearances, and monitoring projects; has written Biological Assessments for determining adverse effects from highway construction projects, water development projects, and wind projects; and has been a paid, and volunteer, field technician studying many state and federally protected species including: Indiana bat, grey bat, Virginia big-eared bat, Preble’s meadow jumping mouse, black-footed ferrets, Washington ground squirrel, wood stork, mountain plover, Mexican spotted owl, bald eagles, Allen’s Cay Rock Iguana, Riley’s Rock Iguana, copperbelly water snake, Kirtland’s snake, green sea turtles, Wyoming toads, bull trout, westslope cutthroat trout, Ute ladies’ tresses orchid, Colorado butterfly plant, and blowout penstemon.
David’s wind power work includes over 14 years of experience conducting avian and bat research at wind projects throughout the U.S., Canada, and Nicaragua. His experience includes pre-construction Phase 1 assessments and site characterization studies, baseline resource studies, post-construction avian and bat impact monitoring, T&E species surveys, Biological Assessments, Habitat Conservation Plans, and environmental impact statements. He has published several articles and presented wind project research at wildlife society chapter meetings, the National Wind Coordination Collaborative, and American Wind Energy Association meetings. He has been an invited speaker and conducted workshops for wind-wildlife interactions and research.