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Kimberly True, MLA, ASLA

Principal Landscape Architect

Jon True is co-owner and Principal Biologist/Restoration Ecologist of True Nature.  Jon leads the True Nature environmental consulting team which provides a wide range of environmental services for a broad diversity of clients and projects. We specialize in performing biological surveys and preparing documents to support project planning, design, regulatory permitting, implementation and monitoring. Jon has over 12 years of experience conducting and managing biological investigations in central and southern California ecosystems. He is experienced in various aspects of environmental consulting including research and literature review, field surveys, data acquisition and management, planning and compliance, impact assessment and analysis, and project management. He has a broad understanding of biological resources and environmental laws and regulations including NEPA, CEQA, FESA, CWA, and the California Fish and Game Code. 


Throughout his career, Jon has conducted biological studies in various habitats including coastal sage scrub, riparian, coastal dune, chaparral, oak woodland, desert, island (Santa Cruz Island), vernal pool, estuary, fresh and salt water marshes, and grasslands. He has an extensive knowledge of southern California native fl ora and fauna, with a focus on special status species. Jon has been involved in a number of habitat restoration projects, including project planning, implementation, maintenance, monitoring, and invasive weed removal. He draws on his background in biology and restoration ecology, as well as hands-on experience, to support restoration projects that emphasize incorporating elements of sustainability, education, soil and water quality, and high quality native habitat for wildlife including sensitive species. Jon has authored and contributed to a number of technical documents including biological resources assessments for CEQA review, jurisdictional delineation reports, botanical survey reports, wildlife habitat assessment and survey reports, mitigation/habitat restoration plans, and mitigation monitoring reports. He has developed natural resource management plans and has managed habitat restoration projects.



  • Habitat restoration/mitigation planning,implementation, and monitoring

  • Floristic Surveys, Vegetation Classification and Mapping, Special Status Plant Surveys

  • Jurisdictional Delineations of Waters including Wetlands

  • Biological Resources Assessments for CEQA review

  • Regulatory permitting, including USACE, CDFW, RWQCB, USFWS


Certifications and Training

  • Santa Barbara County and City of Goleta Qualified Biologist

  • Rare Plant Survey Protocols (co-sponsored by CNPS and CDFW), 2014

  • Online Resources for Botanists, Biologists, and Ecologists (CNPS/CDFW), 2014

  • Fully trained California Rapid Assessment Methodology (CRAM) practitioner, 2013

  • Combined Vegetation Rapid Assessment/RelevéMethod (CNPS/CDFG), 2012

  • Vegetation Mapping Workshop (CNPS, CDFG,and AIS), 2011

  • University of California Cooperative Extension,  “Watershed U. – Ventura River”, 2010

  • Elkhorn Slough Coastal Training Program, Jurisdictional Delineation of Waters of th U.S., including Wetlands on the Californi Coast: Legal and Ecological Protocols fo Diverse and Changing Landscapes, 2009



University of California, Riverside,

Land Use and Environmental Planning

Certificate Program, (in progress)


University of California, Santa Barbara

B.A., Environmental Studies (2001)

Kimberly is a talented landscape architect who balances her scientific background and artistic nature to create landscapes with ecological sensitivity and beauty. Kimberly has earned a Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture to complement her degrees in Horticulture and in Environmental Studies, which emphasized Ecology and Natural Resource Management. She has twenty years of landscape architecture experience working independently and as part of multidisciplinary teams. Kimberly has worked on many large-scale projects including demonstration gardens, master plans, multi-family residential developments, campus and university projects, renewable energy projects, and projects specializing in Low Impact Development (LID) concepts and storm water management.


Kimberly’s areas of expertise include water-conserving and native landscaping, habitat restoration, irrigation design, storm water management, LID strategies, and construction document preparation. She is a fully insured California licensed landscape architect and a State registered CASQA SWPPP QSD/P. Her unique blend of design, installation, and maintenance experience gives Kimberly a special perspective on designing projects that are low-maintenance, hardy, and express artistic and natural qualities. Her background in restoration horticulture and ecology makes her a valuable team member on projects with habitat restoration components. Her inquisitive nature drives her strong desire to collaborate with others and include their expertise and perspective into successful designs.


Professional Affiliations/Registrations

California Registered Landscape Architect No. 5596

California QSD/P Certificate No. 00988



California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

M.L.A., summa cum laude (2007)


University of California, Santa Barbara

B.A., Environmental Studies (1999)


Santa Barbara City College

A.S., Environmental Horticulture (1999)


Honors and Awards

Santa Barbara Beautiful

Small Estate Award, 2016

Spirit of Entreprenuership Award Winner

Agriculture category, 2015

Spirit of Entreprenuership Award Finalist

Green Business category, 2014

Goleta Valley Beautiful, Public-Institutional Award

UCSB Library Plaza, 2012

Goleta Valley Beautiful, Restoration Award

ATK Space Systems, 2011

Goleta Valley Beautiful, Multi-Family Residential Award  

Sumida Gardens, 2010

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

School of Environmental Design Dean’s Outstanding Student, 2007

American Society of Landscape Architects

Southern California Chapter Honor Award, 2007

Society for Ecological Restoration Scholarship, 2006

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