Warren R. Coalson

Warren Coalson has over 35 years of experience with environmental analysis, land use planning, and environmental mediation in a variety of geographical areas throughout the western United States.  Gaining experience from a variety of industry and agency permitting efforts, Mr. Coalson is a recognized expert in the implementation of the California Surface Mining and Reclamation Act of 1975 (SMARA).  He has prepared numerous environmental impact assessment documents covering a wide range of impact issues.  His entrepreneurial spirit and practical experience are beneficial in finding creative solutions to complex problems.


EnviroMINE, Inc., President
San Diego, California, 1992 - Present
Mr. Coalson established EnviroMINE in August of 1992.  As President of EnviroMINE, he is personally involved with all facets of the business.  Mr. Coalson has extensive professional experience in land use and environmental projects ranging from management of mining crews, market and resource evaluation studies for the aggregates industry, development of baseline environmental studies for mine permitting efforts, and current planning functions for agency planning departments.

Industry planning efforts range from identification of potential mining properties, to the development of mining and reclamation plans, to completion of annual compliance audits and financial assurance estimates.  Mr. Coalson has extensive lead agency experience where he has worked as an extension of staff in the review of mining applications, including the preparation of staff reports and conditions of approval.  His experience with operations has allowed for the development of verifiable approval conditions that require limited field interpretation.

Mr. Coalson has gained a reputation as an expert in royalty negotiations between property owners and mining companies.  His work has included detailed analysis of market conditions, evaluation of market competition factors and completion of royalty surveys for various clients.  These assignments are taken on a participation basis to ensure the greatest return for the property owner.

Work History

Zucker Systems, Manager of Environmental Services
San Diego, California, 1989 - 1992
Highlights of this experience include:

  • Preparation of Environmental Impact Reports (EIR) and negative declarations for general plan amendments, subdivisions, water development, and mining projects.
  • Manager of Planning Services for the City of Imperial Beach.
  • Assistance in Planning Department Management Studies.

Black Butte Coal Company, Environmental / Reclamation Supervisor
Point of Rocks, Wyoming, 1980 - 1988
Mr. Coalson was responsible for the preparation and maintenance of all mining permit documents for a 40,000-acre mine permit area.  He supervised an on-site staff of nine full-time staff specialists, and was responsible for legislation review and negotiating mine permit stipulations with state and federal agencies.  Other duties included evaluation and oversight of mineral lease acquisitions.  He also served as Project Manager for a number of Environmental Impact Statements for mineral leasing and mining related land acquisitions.  Mr. Coalson coordinated the work of a number of competing mining interests and Department of Interior personnel.  In other areas, he was charged with the development and application of reclamation programs sufficient to reclaim an average of 300+ acres per year.  His responsibilitiesincluded the development of operating budgets, reclamation bonding, reclamation design, monitoring, scheduling, equipment evaluations, reclamation supervision, water development andirrigation design.

Mr. Coalson was later transferred to field operations where he served as Reclamation Foreman, Blasting, Coal Production Foreman and Processing Plant Foreman.  In these assignments, Mr. Coalson learned to apply reclamation practices, heavy equipment operations, blasting, and heavy equipment maintenance.  For the completion of these assignments, he was required to hold certification as a Mine Foreman and Blaster.

Peter Kiewit Sons’ Company, Soil Scientist/Reclamation Specialist
Omaha, Nebraska, 1979 - 1980
Mr. Coalson served as Soil Scientist/Reclamation Specialist while assisting with the acquisition and maintenance of mining permits for company mining projects.  His responsibilities included:

  • Preparation of soil and overburden studies for company coal mining permit applications for active and proposed mining operations in Montana, Wyoming and New Mexico.
  • Environmental evaluations of potential mining sites throughout the western United States.
  • Vegetation surveys for pre-mining base line studies.
  • Development of company-wide soil erosion monitoring program.
  • Preparation of reclamation plans for mining permit applications.
  • Assisted with the preparation of environmental documents for six coal mine development projects.

California Department of Forestry, Research Assistant
Sacramento, California, 1978
Mr. Coalson served as a Research Assistant by gathering information on factors affecting soil erosion rates on over 250 timber-harvested lands in northern California.  His efforts included soil mapping, preparing soil profiles, inventory of plant species, and establishing soil erosion measurement transects. 

Plumas County Planning & Engineering Department, Engineering Aide
Quincy, California, 1975 - 1976
Mr. Coalson assisted with engineering evaluations of all land development projects under consideration with the Planning Department.  This included field check and review of survey calculations, inspection of road improvements, and water systems.  Other areas of responsibility involved designing and processing of grant applications for the expansion of three county airports.


B.A. Double Major, Geography and Environmental Reclamation, California State University Chico, 1979

Memberships and Affiliations

  • California Asphalt Producers Association (CalAPA)
  • California Construction and Industrial Materials Association (CalCIMA)
  • Project Cornerstone
  • East County Posse, Past President
  • San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce

Hobbies and Interests

  • Play golf weekly - have a good game occasionally
  • Jeeping
  • Reading business and personal improvement books
  • Spending time with family