Steve Melton

Vice President & Biologist
Steve is a US Air Force veteran who also holds an Associate’s degree in Fish and Wildlife Management and a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Health. Steve is a partner in the firm and has been with Equinox since 2000 and serves as the Ecology Services Group manager. His roots run deep here in the Southern Appalachians and can be traced back to the late 1700’s. In 2008 Steve donated a conservation easement on his 115 acre farm located in southern McDowell County. As a farmer and landowner, Steve’s local knowledge and sense of place have proved valuable in community education, outreach, and establishing long-term cooperative partnerships. Professionally, Steve’s educational background, training and extensive experience in all types of field conditions gives Equinox a strong practical understanding of aquatic ecosystems, wildlife habitats, environmental monitoring, and natural resource protection.  

Why I love this work

I have a passion for working to protect and restore the natural resources of the Southern Appalachians

Trainings & Certifications

Working at the watershed level(Council of Governments, 2001) - Infrared Aerial Photo-analysis(Appalachian State, 2000) - GIS Applications(Highland Mapping 2002) - Forest Health Monitoring and Forest Inventory and Analysis(USDA-FS, 2003) - Rosgen levels I,II,III(Rosgen 2005-2006) - Intermittent & Perennial Stream ID for Regulatory Applications(NCSU 2007&2010) - Total Station Applications for Stream Assessment(NCSU 2008) 


Associate in Fish & Wildlife Management Haywood Community CollegeBachelor of Science in Environmental Health Western Carolina University 


Stream & wetland mitigation, stream morphology, intermittent/perennial stream identification, watershed analysis, aerial photographic analysis, natural resource inventories, habitat management, geographic informaiton systems (GIS)

Favorite Species

White Oak (Quercus alba). This is the favorite hard mast for many species of Wildlife