Cole Clayton excels at solving complex ecological land-use problems and mediating the tension between the practical and the possible. Prior to joining AES, Cole worked for five years as a licensed attorney in Montana and New York focusing on land conservation, water law, and financial markets. As an ecological designer with six years of experience at AES, he leads the design of publicly visible ecological restoration projects.
His work includes creating mosaics of shoreline, wetland, woodland, savannah, and prairie habitat restorations integrated with storm water management and public access. One typical example involves creating specialized seiche wetland habitat for fish, amphibians, and turtles while also managing storm water discharges through a series of stepped treatment wetlands and integrating the entire project with trails and a kayak launch.
In these types of difficult conditions involving the input of multiple stakeholders from both the public and private sectors, Cole is adept at leveraging his wide range of skills to help people understand multiple options and consider new opportunities to complete complex, successful restoration projects.