Richard Scharf

Richard Scharf

Senior Soil Scientist

Janice McMahon

Richard Scharf is a soil scientist with over 25 years of experience in a variety of soils-related projects. His expertise includes soil carbon accounting, soil mapping, soil and groundwater flow studies, agroforestry, wildlife management, plant habitat and wetland delineations. His project management experience includes both private and public-sector projects in South Carolina, North Carolina, Iowa, Michigan, Ohio and Connecticut as well as working around the world validating and verifying offset projects. He has been involved in validating several AFOLU GHG offset credit methodologies for Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) and contributed to the development of two Climate Action Reserve (CAR) protocols as a Workgroup Member. Among many project validations and verifications, he helped verify the first ACR Nitrogen Reduction project, and the first ACR Rice project.

Mr. Scharf serves as a Senior Scientist for Aster Global and has been with the team for over eleven years. His duties include managing and conducting soils work for carbon offset crediting projects, auditing carbon offset crediting projects, onsite and municipal wastewater projects, stormwater projects, soil mapping and wetland delineation. Mr. Scharf is a North Carolina Licenses Soil Scientist, a Certified Professional Soil Scientist and a South Carolina Registered Soil Classifier

Project Experience:

  • High intensity soil mapping projects for onsite wastewater systems, general development & land use capability and wildlife management
  • Soils investigations for municipal and individual wastewater systems
  • Stormwater infiltration studies
  • Groundwater monitoring/precipitation studies
  • Wetland delineations
  • Scenic River Suitability Studies.
  • Research – contaminant transport through soils
  • Research – nitrogen fertility in corn

Richard's Resume

Education Level:

Master of Science - Soil Fertility
Iowa State University

Bachelor of Science - Natural Resource Conservation
University of Connecticut

Years of Experience:

25+

Professional Affiliations:

  • Soil Science Society of America
  • Soil Science Society of North Carolina

Certifications:

  • Soil Science Society of America
    • Certified Professional Soil Scientist No. 37167
  • Ohio Certified Soil Professional
  • North Carolina Licensed Soil Scientist No. 1288
  • South Carolina Professional Soil Classifier No. 54
  • Climate Action Reserve Lead Verifier
    • Rice Cultivation
    • Nitrogen Management
    • Grasslands

GHG Validation and Verification Experience

Aster Global staff members have been conducting third-party validations and verification since 2007 and has been accredited by ANSI under ISO 14065:2007 since March of 2010.  Due to strict confidentiality requirements associated with many of our current and past projects we are unable to discuss full details of projects; however, the following is a list by program of the past and current project validation/verification experience of Mr. Scharf:

 

American Carbon Registry ( ACR )
Team MemberGreenTrees ACRE (Advanced Carbon Restored Ecosystem) - ACR Validation/Verification-AR - Mississippi, Arkansas, and Louisiana2011
Team MemberRestoration of Bottomland Hardwood Forests at National Wildlife Refuges in the South Central US - ACR Verification-AR - Arkansas and Louisiana2012
Team MemberGreen Trees ACRE (Advanced Carbon Restored Ecosystem) - 2011 Verification- ACR-AR - Mississippi Valley - desktop only2012
Team MemberGreenTrees ACRE (Advanced Carbon Restored Ecosystem) - 2012 Annual Verification- ACR-AR - Mississippi Valley - desktop only2013
Team MemberNitrous Oxide Reduction in Corn - ACR Validation/Verification-IFM - Michigan2014
Team MemberGreen Trees ACRE (Advanced Carbon Restored Ecosystem) - 2012.2 and 2012.3 Annual Verification - ACR-AR - Mississippi, Arkansas, and Louisiana2014
Team MemberGreen Trees ACRE (Advanced Carbon Restored Ecosystem) - 2013 Annual Verification - ACR-AR and 2015.1 Initial - Mississippi Valley - desktop only2015
Team MemberTierra Resources – ACR Pre-Validation (Luling Oxidation Pond Wetland Assimilation Carbon Project) - Louisiana-desktop only2015
Team MemberBlandin Native American Hardwoods Conservation & Carbon Sequestration Project - Minnesota2015
Team MemberGreen Trees ACRE (Advanced Carbon Restored Ecosystem) - 2015.2 Initial and Annual Verification (2014-2015 Vintages) - Mississippi Valley - desktop only2017
Team MemberEmission Reductions in California Rice Management - California2017
California Air Resources Board (ARB)
Team MemberGualala River - ARB Desktop Review 2013 - IFM - California - desktop only2014
Team MemberBig River/Salmon Creek - CAR 408 - Verification - annual - IFM - California - desktop only2014
Team MemberGreen Assets Middleton Avoided Conversion - ARB EA - IFM - South Carolina - desktop only2014
Team MemberGreen Assets Middleton Avoided Conversion - IFM - South Carolina - desktop only2014
Team MemberWillits Woods - ARB EA Review for 2013 - IFM - California - desktop only2014
Team MemberGarcia River Forest - ARB EA (1/1/2013-12/31/2013) - IFM - California - desktop only2015
Team MemberYurok Tribe Sustainable Forest Project - 2011 Vintages - ARB EA Review - California - desktop only2015
Team MemberVirginia Highlands I - ARB Full Verification - IFM - New Hampshire2015
Team MemberWillits Woods - ARB EA Review for 2014 - IFM - California - desktop only2015
Team MemberBuckeye Forest Project - ARB Verification - IFM - California2015
Team MemberRips Redwoods - ARB Early Action Review 2013 - IFM - California2015
Team MemberThe Van Eck Forest - ARB Early Action - IFM - California - desktop only2016
Team MemberAshford III - ARB Verification - IFM - Washington2016
Team MemberHowland Research Forest - Maine-desktop only2016
Team MemberAlder Stream Preserve - Maine-desktop only2016
Team MemberFinite Carbon - Lyme Grand Lake Stream IFM - Maine2016
Team MemberBuckeye Forest Project - IFM Less-Intensive - California2017
Team MemberWyoming Improved Forest Management Project-ARB full verification - West Virginia2017
Team MemberBig River/Salmon Creek Forests (ARB ID# CAFR5106; OPR ID# CAR1100) - California2017
Team MemberGarcia River Forest - ARB Verification - California2017
Team MemberGreen Assets -Lukens Avoided Conversion Project - Annual review - North Carolina2017
Team MemberCamp Shelby Forest Carbon Project - Mississippi2017
British Columbia (BC)
CDP
Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX)
Climate Action Reserve (Reserve)
Team MemberBlue Source-Francis Beidler Improved Forest Management Project - CAR IFM - South Carolina2013
Team MemberFinite Carbon-Brosnan Forest - CAR Verification - IFM - South Carolina2013
Team MemberFinite Carbon-Potlatch Moro Big Pine CE - CAR IFM - Arkansas2013
Team MemberFinite Carbon - Berry Summit - CAR Verification - IFM - California2013
Team MemberFinite Carbon-The Forestland Group Champion Property - CAR Verification - IFM - New York2014
Team MemberFinite Carbon - The Forestland Group Champion project - Annual CAR Verification -IFM - New York - desktop only2014
Team MemberVirginia Conservation Forestry Program - Clifton Farms - CAR Annual Verification (2012 and 2013) - IFM - Virginia - desktop only2014
Team MemberVirginia Conservation Forestry Program - Rich Mountain - CAR Annual Verifications - IFM - Virginia - desktop only2014
Team MemberVirginia Conservation Forestry Program: Tazewell-Elk Garden - CAR Annual Verification- IFM - Virginia - desktop only2015
Team MemberVirginia Conservation Forestry Program - Clifton Farms - CAR Annual Verification - IFM - Virginia - desktop only2015
Team MemberGarcia River Forest - Reserve Verification -annual- IFM - California2015
Team MemberBig River/Salmon Creek Forests - Reserve Verification - annual - IFM - California2015
Climate, Community & Biodiversity (CCB) Standard
Team MemberThe International Small Group & Tree Planting Program (TIST) in Kenya, CCB-002 - CCB Validation/Verification-AR - Kenya2011
Team MemberThe International Small Group and Tree Planting Program (TIST) in Kenya, CCB-001 - CCB Validation/Verification - Small Scale Projects (2) -AR - Kenya2012
Team MemberKariba REDD+ Project - CCB Validation- Zimbabwe - Zimbabwe2012
Lead VerifierReddForests - CCB Validation - IFM - Zimbabwe2012
Team MemberThe International Small Group & Tree Planting Program (TIST) in Kenya, CCB-003 - CCB Validation/Verification - ARR - Kenya2012
Team MemberThe International Small Group and Tree Planting (TIST) Program in Uganda, CC-B002 - CCB Validation Verification - ARR - Uganda2013
Team MemberThe International Small Group and Tree Planting (TIST) Program in India, CCB-001 - CCB Validation/Verification - ARR - India2013
Team MemberThe International Small Group and Tree Planting (TIST) Program in Kenya, CCB-004 - CCB Validation/Verification - ARR - Kenya2013
Team MemberBioCarbon Partners - Lower Zambia REDD+ Project - CCBA Validation - REDD - Zambia2013
Team MemberBuffelsdraai Landfill Site Community Reforestation Project - CCB Validation - South Africa2014
Team MemberRimba Raya Biodiversity Reserve Project - CCB Verification - REDD - Indonesia2014
Team MemberKariba REDD+ Project - CCB Verification - REDD+ - Zimbabwe2014
Team MemberThe International Small Group & Tree Planting Program (TIST) in Uganda, CCB-001 - CCB Verification - ARR - Uganda2014
Team MemberThe International Small Group & Tree Planting Program (TIST) in Kenya, CCB-003 - CCB Verification - ARR - Kenya20114
ISO
Team MemberAlgoma Highlands Conservancy IFM Project - ISO14064-2 Validation/Verification - Ontario2014
Team MemberOntario Biodiversity Afforestation Project - ISO Validation and Verification/CCB Pre-Validation - OBAP-AR - Canada2014
ISO / Climate, Community & Biodiversity (CCB) Standard
Team MemberOntario Biodiversity Afforestation Project - ISO Validation and Verification/CCB Pre-Validation - OBAP-AR - Canada2014
Natural Forest Standard (NFS)
Team MemberTrocano Araretama Conservation Project - Natural Forest Standard Validation/Verification-AD - Brazil2013
Team MemberTrocano Araretama Conservation Project - Natural Forest Standard Annual Verification - AD - Brazil - desktop only2014
PLAN VIVO
Team MemberSofala Community Carbon Project - Plan Vivo Verification/Opinion Letter - Mozambique - desktop only2013
Verified Carbon Standard (VCS)
Team Member"Validation - The International Small Group & Tree Planting Program (TIST) in Kenya, VCS-003 - VCS Validation/Verification - A/R Verification - The International Small Group & Tree Planting Program (TIST) in Kenya, VCS-001 Verification - The International Small Group & Tree Planting Program (TIST) in Kenya, VCS-002 Verification - The International Small Group & Tree Planting Program (TIST) in Kenya, VCS-003 Verification - The International Small Group & Tree Planting Program (TIST) in Kenya, VCS-004 " - Kenya2011
Team MemberQuantifying N2O Emissions Reductions in US Agricultural Crops through N Fertilizer Rate Reduction - VCS Methodology Validation - Desktop Only2011
Team MemberThe International Small Group and Tree Planning Program (TIST) in Kenya, VCS-005 - VCS Validation/Verification - AR - Kenya2011
Team MemberMethodology for Soil Carbon - VCS Methodology Validation - Desktop Only2012
Team MemberMethodology for Sustainable Grassland Management - VCS Methodology Validation - Desktop Only2012
Team MemberKariba REDD Project - VCS Validation - Zimbabwe2012
Team MemberLower Mississippi Valley Grouped Afforestation Project - VCS Validation - A - Mississippi2012
Team MemberMethodology for Avoided Deforestation (Revised VM0009) - VCS 2nd Methodology Assessment - Desktop Only2012
Team MemberThe International Small Group and Tree Planting Program (TIST) in Kenya, VCS-006 - VCS Validation/Verification - ARR - Kenya2012
Team MemberApril Salumei REDD Project - VCS Validation/Verification - REDD - New Guinea2013
Team MemberThe International Small Group and Tree Planting Program (TIST) in Uganda, VCS-005 - VCS Validation/Verification - ARR - Uganda2013
Team MemberThe International Small Group and Tree Planting Program (TIST) in Uganda, VCS-006 - VCS Validation/Verification - ARR - Uganda2013
Team MemberThe International Small Group and Tree Planting Program (TIST) in India, VCS-001 - VCS Validation/Verification - ARR - India2013
Team MemberMethodology for Coastal Wetland Creation - VCS Methodology Validation - 1st assessment - Desktop Only2013
Team MemberThe International Small Group and Tree Planting Program (TIST) in Kenya VCS-009 - VCS Validation/Verification - ARR - Kenya2013
Team MemberReforesting Degraded Lands in Chile Through the Use of Mycorrhizal Inoculation - VCS Validation/Verification - ARR - Chile2013
Team MemberKariba REDD+ Project - VCS Verification - REDD - Zimbabwe2013
Team Member"Forests Alive - VCS Verification - IFM Protection of a Tasmanian Native Forest - Project 3 Peter Downie Grouped Project - Protection of a Tasmanian Native Forest Protection of a Tasmanian Forest (Project 1: REDD Forests' Pilot)" - Tasmania2013
Team MemberCarbonCo Envira Amazonia Project - VCS Pre Validation - AD - Desktop Only2013
Team MemberAvoiding Planned Deforestation and Degradation in the Valdivian Coastal Reserve, Chile - VCS Validation/Verification - REDD - Chile2014
Team MemberRIL-C IFM Methodology (Reduced Impact Logging Practices to Reduce Carbon Emissions) and RIL-C East Kalimantan Performance Method Module - VCS 1st Methodology Validation - Desktop Only2014
Team MemberAbote Project - VCS Pre-Validation-ARR - Wisconsin - desktop only2014
Team MemberAdoption of Sustainable Grassland Management Through Adjustment of Fire and Grazing - VCS New Methodology Element Verification - Desktop Only2015
Team MemberVM0007 REDD Methodology Modules (Revision to) - VCS Methodology Validation - REDD - Desktop Only2015
Team MemberBethlehem Authority Improved Forest Management Project - VCS Verification - IFM - Pennsylvania-desktop only2015
Team MemberMethodology for Tidal Wetland and Seagrass Restoration - First Assessment Report - Desktop Only2015
Team MemberRevision of Methodology VM0010-Methodology for Improved Forest Management: Conversion from Logged to Protected Forest, V1.7 - First Assessment - n/a - desktop only2016
Team MemberLock Haven Improved Forest Management Project - Pennsylvania2016
Team MemberBethlehem Authority Improved Forest Management Project - VCS Annual Verification - IFM - Pennsylvania - desktop only2017
Team MemberKatingan Peatland Restoration and Conservation - Indonesia2017
Team MemberMethodology for Avoided Mosaic Deforestation of Tropical Semi-Arid Forests - VCS Methodology Validation - Desktop Only
Team MemberMethodology for Avoided Ecosystem Conversion VM0009, v3.0 (revision) - VCS Methodology 1st Validation - Desktop Only
Team MemberRestoration of Degraded Areas and Reforestation in Caceres and Cravo Norte, Colombia - VCS Validation/Verification and CCB Validation/Verification - Colombia2011
Team MemberSustainable Agriculture in Changing Climate (SACC) Project - Western Kenya - VCS/CCB Validation - ARR - Kenya2013
Team Member"CCB-Kasigau Corridor REDD Project Phases I & II VCS-The Kasigau Corridor REDD Project Phase II - The Community Ranches VCS/CCB Verification - REDD" - Kenya2013
Team MemberNew Leaf Carbon Project - VCS/CCB Validation/Verification - IFM - Tasmania2013
Team MemberRimba Raya Biodiversity Reserve Project - VCS Verification - REDD - Indonesia2013
Team MemberLaguna Seca Forest Carbon Project - Belize2013
Team MemberC4 - VCS/CCB Validation - AR - South Africa2014
Team MemberPurus Project – A Tropical Forest Conservation Project in Acre, Brazil - VCS/CCB Verification (2nd monitoring) - REDD - Brazil2014
Team MemberRussas Project – A Tropical Forest Conservation Project in Acre, Brazil - VCS/CCB Validation - REDD - Brazil2014
Team MemberRussas Project – A Tropical Forest Conservation Project in Acre, Brazil - VCS/CCB Verification - 1st monitoring - REDD - Brazil2014
Team MemberValparaiso Project - A Tropical Forest Conservation Project in Acre, Brazil - VCS/CCB Validation - REDD - Brazil2014
Team MemberValparaiso Project - A Tropical Forest Conservation Project in Acre, Brazil - VCS/CCB Verification - REDD - Brazil2014
Team MemberPurus Project – A Tropical Forest Conservation Project in Acre, Brazil - VCS/CCB Verification (3rd monitoring) - REDD - Brazil2015
Team MemberThe Envira Amazonia Project – A Tropical Forest Conservation Project in Acre, Brazil - VCS/CCB Validation - REDD - Brazil2015
Team MemberAlto Mayo Conservation Initiative - VCS/CCB Verification - Peru2015
Team MemberRimba Raya Biodiversity Reserve Project Verification Report - Indonesia2015
Team MemberPurus Project – A Tropical Forest Conservation Project in Acre, Brazil - VCS/CCB Verification (4th monitoring) - REDD - Brazil2016
Team MemberThe Envira Amazonia Project – A Tropical Forest Conservation Project in Acre, Brazil - VCS/CCB Verification - REDD - Brazil2016
Team MemberPurus Project – A Tropical Forest Conservation Project in Acre, Brazil - VCS/CCB Verification - REDD - Brazil
Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) and Climate, Community & Biodiversity (CCB) Standard
Team MemberRestoration of Degraded Areas and Reforestation in Caceres and Cravo Norte, Colombia - VCS Validation/Verification and CCB Validation/Verification - Colombia2011
Team MemberSustainable Agriculture in Changing Climate (SACC) Project - Western Kenya - VCS/CCB Validation - ARR - Kenya2013
Team Member"CCB-Kasigau Corridor REDD Project Phases I & II VCS-The Kasigau Corridor REDD Project Phase II - The Community Ranches VCS/CCB Verification - REDD" - Kenya2013
Team MemberNew Leaf Carbon Project - VCS/CCB Validation/Verification - IFM - Tasmania2013
Team MemberRimba Raya Biodiversity Reserve Project - VCS Verification - REDD - Indonesia2013
Team MemberLaguna Seca Forest Carbon Project - Belize2013
Team MemberC4 - VCS/CCB Validation - AR - South Africa2014
Team MemberPurus Project – A Tropical Forest Conservation Project in Acre, Brazil - VCS/CCB Verification (2nd monitoring) - REDD - Brazil2014
Team MemberRussas Project – A Tropical Forest Conservation Project in Acre, Brazil - VCS/CCB Validation - REDD - Brazil2014
Team MemberRussas Project – A Tropical Forest Conservation Project in Acre, Brazil - VCS/CCB Verification - 1st monitoring - REDD - Brazil2014
Team MemberValparaiso Project - A Tropical Forest Conservation Project in Acre, Brazil - VCS/CCB Validation - REDD - Brazil2014
Team MemberValparaiso Project - A Tropical Forest Conservation Project in Acre, Brazil - VCS/CCB Verification - REDD - Brazil2014
Team MemberPurus Project – A Tropical Forest Conservation Project in Acre, Brazil - VCS/CCB Verification (3rd monitoring) - REDD - Brazil2015
Team MemberThe Envira Amazonia Project – A Tropical Forest Conservation Project in Acre, Brazil - VCS/CCB Validation - REDD - Brazil2015
Team MemberAlto Mayo Conservation Initiative - VCS/CCB Verification - Peru2015
Team MemberRimba Raya Biodiversity Reserve Project Verification Report - Indonesia2015
Team MemberPurus Project – A Tropical Forest Conservation Project in Acre, Brazil - VCS/CCB Verification (4th monitoring) - REDD - Brazil2016
Team MemberThe Envira Amazonia Project – A Tropical Forest Conservation Project in Acre, Brazil - VCS/CCB Verification - REDD - Brazil2016
Team MemberPurus Project – A Tropical Forest Conservation Project in Acre, Brazil - VCS/CCB Verification - REDD - Brazil
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