Mr. Mertl is a Landscape Architect with a strong background in the design of Alaskan coastal communities and environmental solutions for the region. He is the principal of the Southeast office of Corvus Design in Juneau. His work stretches from Ketchikan to Unalaska. He has assisted communities to revitalize their downtown and economy, found the balance for developing waterfront and cruiseship facilities while providing opportunities for residents, provided environmental determinations and obtained permits for difficult projects, and worked with Native artists in the development of cultural landscapes. Mr. Mertl has lived in Southeast Alaska for nearly 20 years in both Juneau and Sitka and is fascinated by the coastal environment, its challenges, and the opportunities it presents.