Rick Taylor | Principal
Rick has spent the last 20 years in the small agriculture and landscape industries. Originally founded as a small design/build/maintain contracting firm, Elder Creek led the North Bay in practical approaches to sustainability in landscape-applied ecology. In 2013 Elder Creek transitioned from a design/build contracting firm to a full-service, Landscape Architecture and Project Management Firm.
His decades of experience in construction allow Elder Creek to have an unrivaled Project Management Division, lead by Rick himself. Sharing his knowledge and serving his community has always been important to Rick. Serving Sebastopol's Design Review Board, he reviewed numerous projects and worked with city staff to write practical, ecologically literate storm water policy for a major development.
He has taught and spoken at countless industry events as well as created curriculum and held a lead instructor position at Sonoma State University's Sustainable Landscape Professional Certificate Program. Currently, Rick writes curriculum and is a lead instructor for the Ecological Landscape Immersion Program at the Permaculture Skills Center. In this role he helps train future professionals in how to merge ecology, design, professionalism, and economics to build a career rooted in right livelihood. Rick helped organize the ecological landscaping community in Sonoma County and later served as a board member for Daily Acts.
In addition to his ecological work, Rick serves as a facilitator and collective member for Sonoma County Men Evolving Non-violently (M.E.N.), a volunteer organization working to end domestic violence by working directly with men who are committing these acts and have voluntarily sought help to change their behavior.
Alan Villemaire | Senior Landscape Architect
Alan is a licensed landscape architect (License #4703) with over 20 years of experience in the field. His involvement working in local and Bay Area firms, large and small, has given him an extensive amount of knowledge and an aptitude for problem solving. This experience and the skill sets he has developed over the years allow him to bring a wealth of creativity tempered with pragmatism to his designs.
Alan has managed a large assortment of estate projects as well as high-end development, mixed use, co-housing, live/work, low income housing, and apartment projects. He has also managed a substantial variety of other projects, including forest and wetland restorations, wineries, schools, parks, sports fields, and commercial projects.
Alan has pursued further education in environmental restoration, green building, permaculture, and storm water management. In each project he brings this expertise to merge with the aesthetic desires and practical needs of the client. Alan has also worked closely with the local cities' and counties' boards and commissions, the Department of Fish and Wildlife and the U.S. Forest Service on a variety of projects. He has learned how to navigate through approval processes with minimal delays.
Sebastian Bertsch | Rainwater Storage and Compliance Consultant
Sebastian left the radar mapping and mechanical engineering trades to focus on water management and land planning in Sonoma County. He integrates skills in mapping, land assessment, water systems design and fabrication to service human needs while improving the hydrology and ecology of the biosphere. A current focus is on reframing challenges like stormwater and graywater as resources for reuse rather than pollutants to mitigate. He designs and installs rainwater catchment systems from the residential scale to 60k gallon cisterns for farms. Sebastian has partnered with local agencies such as the Gold Ridge Resource Conservation District and sits as an advisor to the Santa Rosa Basin Groundwater Sustainability Agency. He has built rainwater potable drinking systems and pulled the first PRMD permit for a graywater pump-to-drip irrigation system. He hopes to further help integrate to various stakeholders and changemakers in the community to ensure that our rebuilding efforts help regenerate our watershed.