TAD MASON

Tad Mason

Chief Executive Officer

Email: tmason@tssconsultants.com | Phone: (916) 600-4174

Tad-MasonW400Tad Mason has over 35 years of experience in the fields of renewable energy project development, natural resources management, biomass fuels/feedstock procurement, and forest/range hazardous fuels reduction. As a Registered Professional Forester, Mr. Mason has hands-on experience in all aspects of natural resources management from preparation of forest management plans, to managing forest fuels reduction projects, to advising decision makers on key policies in support of renewable energy deployment and forest fuels treatment/restoration.

Professional Experience

Renewable Energy Project Development

As the CEO of TSS Consultants, Mr. Mason leads a team of professionals who are well versed in the tasks required to successfully develop biomass power generation projects. Critical tasks such as fuel/feedstock availability assessments, fuel procurement plans, financial analysis, environmental permitting, negotiating power sales agreements, feedstock handling design, and technology assessments are key to the successful development of a biopower or thermal energy facility. With community support an integral component of a successful renewable energy project, Mr. Mason also assists clients with development and implementation of communications plans targeting stakeholders, peer groups and state/federal policymakers.

Wildland Fuels Reduction

Mr. Mason has worked closely with a variety of forest landowners and managers in both the public and private sector. Much of his work is in support of fuels management projects, conducting research on effective vegetation management to address wildfire behavior mitigation and create defensible space adjacent to assets at risk (communities, wildlife habitat, watersheds). Mr. Mason has designed and implemented numerous projects focused on fuels management and forest restoration. He has managed projects ranging from installation of fuel breaks directly adjacent to rural communities to landscape-scale fuels treatment projects implemented over thousands of acres.

Biomass Fuels Procurement

Mr. Mason served as a manager of wood fuel supply with Pacific Energy (now Covanta Energy) for over 12 years. In this role, his primary duties were to develop, coordinate, procure and manage fuel supplies for four biomass power generation facilities. Fuel supply assessment and development utilizing a variety of woody biomass fuels (urban wood waste, agricultural residuals, and forest thinning material) were a major focus. Contract negotiation and the establishment of long-term fuel procurement agreements, including multiple year forest fuels thinning contracts and forest stewardship contracts, were an important part of the fuels procurement process. Other responsibilities included company start up, strategic long-term planning, fiscal budgeting, management of field operations and community outreach.

Project Development/Implementation

While involved in fuels procurement and forest fuels reduction projects, Mr. Mason gained extensive experience in project development and implementation. Due to the highly technical nature of fuels reduction projects, extensive planning and research were required to match the treatment prescription and equipment to the fuel type and topography while meeting resource management objectives. Upon completion of planning and research, a fuels management plan could be written and submitted for approval by the landowner or land management agency. Implementation would begin after the management plan was approved. Mr. Mason has led the implementation efforts on fuels reduction projects ranging in size from 3 acres to over 6,000 acres.

Education
  • Bachelor of Science, Forestry – University of California, Berkeley
Licensure
  • California Registered Professional Forester (No. 2156)
Professional Affiliations (Past and Present)
  • Bioenergy Association of California, Founding Board Member
  • Western Governors’ Association, Biomass Task Force
  • California Biomass Work Group
  • University of California, Forest Products Laboratory, Advisory Board
  • Western Governors’ Association, Forest Health Advisory Committee
  • California Forest Products Commission, Board of Directors
  • Quincy Library Group, Steering Committee
  • California Natural Fuels Treatment Steering Committee
  • University of California, Berkeley, Woody Biomass Utilization Work Group
  • University of California, Berkeley, Fire Work Group
  • California Oak Mortality Task Force, Biomass Utilization Committee, Co-Chair
  • California Alumni Foresters, President
  • Project Learning Tree, California Advisory Committee
  • Northern California Society of American Foresters, Forestry Institute for Teachers, Steering Committee
  • Northern California Society of American Foresters, Forest Conservation Days, Steering Committee
  • USDA Forest Service, Natural Resources Conservation Education Program
  • Oregon Forest Biomass Work Group
  • California Licensed Foresters Association
  • Society of American Foresters
Recognition/Awards
  • California Association of Resource Conservation Districts – Forestry Award
  • California Board of Forestry – Francis H. Raymond Award
  • William Main Distinguished Visitor Lecturer, U.C. Berkeley
  • Society of American Foresters – Fellow Award
  • Northern California Society of American Foresters – Forestry Achievement Award
  • American Pulpwood Association – Forestry Activist Award