Fred received his Bachelor of Science degree in Landscape Architecture in 1995 from Purdue University. While a student at Purdue, he designed the 1,042-acre Ahakhav Tribal Preserve on the Colorado River Indian Reservation (CRIT), where he served as project director from 1994 to 1999. During these early years in his career, he successfully raised more than $4 million in grants and restored more than 1,000 acres of degraded Colorado River habitat and established parks and trails within this area.
Fred went on to establish Fred Phillips Consulting in 1999. Since then, he has largely overseen the planning, design, and implementation of more than 4,000 acres of wetland and riparian habitat and stream restoration projects. He has also directed millions of acres of restoration and conservation master plans. In the 450 restored acres of the Yuma East Wetlands project, he pioneered successful techniques to remove invasive species like salt cedar and phragmites to restore these areas with native revegetation. The scope of projects under his guidance include large-scale habitat restoration ranging throughout the United States, Mexico, and Indonesia.
His support for the environment extends to advocacy. Past fund-raising efforts in Washington, DC led to over $8 million dollars of federal funding for restoration on the Colorado River. Fred and his team further successfully raised over $15 million dollars for the planning, restoration, monitoring, and maintenance of numerous watersheds in the southwest. The longevity of the firm’s success lies in his ability to take complex projects that involve a multitude of stakeholders from conception to completion.
Fred’s work has been featured in a variety publications, including The New Yorker, Landscape Architecture Magazine, Restoration Ecology, Outside Magazine, and Arizona Highways. Recently, Purdue University granted him the Distinguished Alumni Award. Upon invitation, Fred has also thoroughly enjoyed guest lecturing to a diverse range of students, from highschoolers to graduate-level students. The University of California, Berkeley, Purdue, and the University of Pennsylvania have hosted Fred, as well as his daughter’s first grade Montessori class. In 2018, Purdue awarded him the Distinguished Alumni Award in the practice of Landscape Architecture.
When the opportunity arises, Fred spends his time in the great outdoors as much as possible. Fred has boated the entire Colorado River, from the Utah border to the Colorado River Delta in Mexico. He is also a musician, filmmaker, and photographer, residing in Flagstaff, Arizona with his wife Kellner and their two children, Faye and Owen. Fred and Kellner met while attending a gathering in honor of the late great cowboy Impressionist artist A. Kelly Pruitt, for whom Fred helped start the La Junta Foundation in 2009.
Farrah Dang joins Fred Phillips Consulting as a recent, non-traditional graduate of University of Virginia’s Master of Landscape Architecture program. Her insistence on infusing health, culture, and play into landscape projects earned her the Allison Ingram Memorial Award for excellence and originality in the study of landscape architecture. During her education, she interned with Germany’s oldest and largest water management board, Emschergenossenschaft, Nelson Byrd Woltz, and Michael Vergason Landscape Architects.
In her past life, Farrah developed over a decade of expertise in the fields of technical writing and user experience/user interface design. In her spare time, she planted with Casey Trees in Washington, DC, grew wild celery in her living room for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, and ripped invasive English ivy out of Northern Virginia’s parks. Through Arlington’s Master Naturalist program, she co-designed, oversaw, and hauled soil and stone for the successful renovation of the Walter Reed Center Community Garden, working with volunteers of all backgrounds, young and old alike. The path she began paving there ultimately brings her to Flagstaff with the same enthusiasm for uniting people, land, and wellbeing.
To the firm, she brings versatility with design software such as CAD, Rhino 3D, GIS mapping, and the Adobe suite. Fabrication skills include sewing, basic woodworking, CNC routing, casting, and laser cutting. Last, but not least, she enjoys botanical plant walks and learning languages (most recently, German) when time permits.
Established in May 2013, Oxbow Ecological Engineering, LLC is an award winning engineering consulting firm that specializes in restoring, enhancing, and conserving river, riparian, wetland, and wildland ecosystems. Oxbow Ecological Engineering, LLC applies a comprehensive approach to assessment, analysis, design, and planning, and integrates civil engineering and ecological principles to create unique restoration and enhancement solutions. Based out of Flagstaff, Arizona, Oxbow Ecological Engineering, LLC endeavors to focus on projects in the southwest and intermountain west.
George F. Cathey, PE is the founder and principal engineer at Oxbow Ecological Engineering, LLC. He is licensed in Arizona (#52164), New Mexico (#21540), California (#C69688), Utah (#9130926-2202), Colorado (#49161), Nevada (#22786) & Texas (#109570) and is listed on the United States Council for International Engineering Practice (USCIEP) International Registry of Professional Engineers (#43594). He is also a Society for Ecological Restoration (SER) Certified Ecological Restoration Practitioner (CERP). George has over fifteen years of experience working as an engineer specializing in ecological restoration, and has significant experience surveying, designing, bidding, and administering construction activities on both small and large-scale restoration projects. Over the years he has collaborated with a diverse group of restoration stakeholders including non-profit organizations, volunteers, landowners, A/E firms, and construction contractors as well as local, state, and federal agencies. He really enjoys this work and feels fortunate to be able to combine his passions for wildlife, the outdoors, and engineering.
The Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area is a collective group of citizens with diverse backgrounds based in Yuma, Arizona. Its mission is to preserve Yuma’s historical, cultural, and ecological assets sustainably through careful planning, consensus building, and wholistic action.
The Catena Foundation is a non-profit establishment based in Carbondale, Colorado. Its focus is the re-establishment of healthy ecological systems and restoring the balance between people and the environment.