Jeffrey Nelson

Jeff arrived in Vermont in 1979, to attend the University of Vermont where he studied geology and civil engineering, focusing on the study of surface water and groundwater hydrology.  Jeff founded Pioneer Environmental Associates, LLC in 1996, providing environmental consulting services to public- and private-sector clients throughout Vermont.  Pioneer merged its services with Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc. in 2008, where he now serves as the Director of Environmental and Energy Services in the firm’s North Ferrisburgh office.

The focus of Jeff’s professional practice in Vermont has included a wide range of critical water resources assessment, restoration and permitting matters.   He has advised ski resorts, business and industry, municipalities, and utilities. Jeff and his firm have focused on providing services that not only address the immediate regulatory requirements but also take a broader view of a project’s overall context, and seek opportunities to enhance beneficial environmental outcomes wherever possible.

Jeff explores the lands and waters of Vermont from a home base in the Town of Addison, residing with his partner and their beloved dogs, where they have renovated an 1820s era brick farmhouse, created extensive flower and vegetable gardens, and recently planted wine grapes.

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