Sarah Stauffer Curtiss helps clients understand and comply with environmental and land use laws, navigate complex permitting processes, and develop compliance solutions that enhance business opportunities. On Oregon land use matters, Sarah helps clients secure permits from local governments. She has worked with city and county planning departments throughout Oregon, and regularly represents clients before local governing bodies and the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals. She also represents energy and utility clients on permitting and compliance matters related to project development and expansion through the Oregon Energy Facility Siting Council (EFSC).
Her federal environmental expertise covers a myriad of environmental laws, including the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act (BGEPA), the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA), the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA), the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) and the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act (WSRA).
Sarah also advises clients on permitting and compliance issues pertaining to waterways and wetlands, including securing permits under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act (CWA), Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act (RHA), and Oregon's Removal-Fill Law.
Licensed to practice in Oregon and Washington, Sarah prides herself in helping clients develop innovative solutions to problems and on working collaboratively with clients, consultants, and agency staff.
During law school, Sarah served as an environmental law clerk at the U.S. Attorney's Office in Portland (2006-2007) and as a judicial extern for the Honorable Robert E. Jones, U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon (2006). Before attending law school, Sarah was a seventh-grade English teacher with Teach for America in Houston, Texas (2001-2004).
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