About Us

Our aim, to improve and protect the integrity of ecosystems and wetland resource areas throughout coastal Massachusetts and New England, leads us to provide whole-systems thinking and skillful project execution on scales ranging from residential properties to larger conservation tracts and commercial developments.

We offer trusted expertise to help clients understand and navigate permitting processes under state and local environmental protection regulations. We guide our clients toward integrated solutions that address their needs and project objectives, while valuing ecological integrity and upholding regulation performance standards. In addition to consulting services, our designers are trained to provide simple, beautiful, artful solutions for enjoying outdoor spaces that blend seamlessly with structural design.

Our Team

BlueFlax Design LLC continually strives to build a team of well-rounded individuals who are motivated, caring, and knowledgeable. Each of us is dedicated to making a difference and improving environmental quality.


Theresa Sprague | Founder & Principal Designer       theresa@blueflaxdesign.com

Blending backgrounds in communication and education with more than 20 years experience in horticulture, landscape planning, and ecological design, Theresa Sprague founded BlueFlax Design LLC in 2009 with the aim of merging science with fine art of landscape design to create beautiful and sustainable landscapes, restoring ecological function and integrity to the built environment, while thoughtfully creating habitat that supports the needs of both people and wildlife. In addition to her work at BlueFlax Design, Theresa also serves as President of the Ecological Landscape Alliance, and as Vice Chair and Trustee at the Conway School. Theresa holds a BA (Summa Cum Laude) from the University of Massachusetts, and a Masters Degree in Ecological Design.


Emma Vautour | Design Director      emma@blueflaxdesign.com

Emma joined BlueFlax Design in 2017. In addition to a BS in Environmental Science and an MS in Ecological Design, Emma brings with her a varied background in native plant cultivation, desert and wetland restoration, and western rangeland conservation. Her work has brought her to many parts of the country from the Great Lakes in Michigan, to big sky country of Wyoming, and to the Mojave Desert of southern California. Emma enjoys blending her devotion to environmental restoration with her appreciation of art and beauty in the natural world.


Debra FitzGibbons | Business Manager debra@blueflaxdesign.com

Debra has worked for over 30 years in small business environments. She received a BS in Computer Information Systems from Bentley University and started her career as a computer programmer. From there she moved on to software training and sales roles. She spent 15 years as a partner in a family-owned consulting practice serving as the VP of Client Services. Debra summered in East Harwich on Pleasant Bay while raising her two children. A few years ago, she realized a dream of living and working on the Cape. She appreciates the Cape's unique environment and is passionate about protecting it. When not in the office, Debra travels anywhere she can enjoy new experiences.


Pete Tubman | Environmental Technician Field Manager      

A native Cape Codder, Pete brings twelve years of experience working in landscaping and ecological restoration after twelve years in the excavation/construction industry, and cumulatively twenty-five years of experience operating heavy equipment. Over the years, Pete has been involved in a multitude of successful coastal stabilization, invasive plant removal, and native plant restoration projects throughout the Cape and Islands area. Pete is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys rising to the challenges of hard work and problem-solving that are required in restoration work. Pete holds a Massachusetts CDL, hoisting license, OSHA occupational safety and health certificate, and invasive plant management certificate.


Mike Tanis | Environmental Technician & GIS Specialist

A USMC veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts, Mike attended Rutgers University and received a B.S. in Ecology, Natural Resources and Marine Science, and a certificate in Geographic Information Sciences. He spent five years working for the National Park Service as a biologist and cartographer mapping coastal erosion and researching salt marsh and estuarine ecology. He has a Massachusetts pesticide applicator license and an Invasive Plant Management Certificate from University of Massachusetts.

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Ben White | Environmental Technician

Growing up in Wareham, Ben spent a lot of time outdoors on the Cape. He is passionate about working with nature and improving environmental quality. Ben attended a four-year technical high school with a focus in environmental science. While in high school he received his OSHA 10-hour and OSHA 40-hour certifications. He holds Firefighter 1 and 2 certifications from the Massachusetts Fire Academy. Ben is also a license Massachusetts pesticide applicator and has his Certification in Invasive Plant Management from the University of Massachusetts Extension Service.

Interested in joining our team? Please see our Careers page for more info about open positions.