About Local Environmental Solutions

Local Environmental Solutions was established in 2004 by Dr Jim Shields and Elisabeth Larsen.

Elisabeth Larsen has a postgraduate degree in Environmental Management and has over fifteen years’ experience as an independent environmental consultant on the South Coast of NSW. She also owns and runs Herds for Hire (Bega Valley Goat Rental), a business that uses goats for safe and effective control of weeds, fire hazards and unwanted vegetation.

Jim Shields held a PhD in wildlife management and brought more than 30 years of government agency experience to the ecological consulting profession. Jim had a background in wildlife management and academic research and maintained a teaching position at Macquarie University. He was interested in the use of dogs for conservation work and has successfully trained Australia’s first koala detection dog.

Our team has worked in all environments across NSW and investigated matters relevant to all major groups of wildlife.

We subscribe to the Code of Business Practice, Professional Conduct and Ethics endorsed by the Ecological Consultants Association of NSW.