WEST’s Founders

WEST was founded in the summer of 1990 by its two principals, Dr. Dale Strickland and Dr. Lyman McDonald. Over the course of many years of friendship, Dale and Lyman combined their biological and statistical expertise to create a unique environmental consulting firm. 

“The two friends had no grandiose long-term plans except to have a company that would excel in the design, conduct and analysis of ecological field studies. They also wanted the company to be a place where people enjoyed the work and a company they would enjoy working for. They envisioned a company of maybe 25 professional employees. They did not anticipate the exponential growth that arose because good young employees matured quickly and soon ran their own projects, which lead to them needing help.” – Excerpt from WEST’s History Manuscript #WEST30Years