Certain animal and plant species are considered threatened or endangered by federal and state laws (FESA/CESA). Any action that may result in an impact to these species, such as obtaining a wetlands permit or planning approval, often necessitates biological studies, agency consultation (USFWS/NMFS/DFW), incidental take authorizations, mitigation, and monitoring. If you have a listed species issue, or need help making that determination, we are happy to help you.
Specific Services Offered
- Site Assessment – We can quickly visit your project and provide you with an assessment of any approvals you may need.
- Animal Studies – We survey mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, and invertebrates, as well as their habitats.
- Plant Surveys – We are experienced with native California plants and can assist you in understanding the plant biodiversity on your property.
- Wetland Delineations & Assessments – We have conducted numerous wetland delineations and biological resource assessments and look for what the agencies will look for so your project gets it right the first time.
- Species Surveys – Federal and State Agencies have standards for surveying species listed as threatened or endangered. We can provide the protocol surveys needed to determine whether they will be affected by your project.
- Federal Consultation – We often assist with consultation between federal agencies as part of processing an application. We act as an advocate for your project to ensure you gain the biological endorsements you need.
- Incidental Take Authorizations – If your project impacts a species listed threatened, or endangered by federal or state law (FESA/CESA), you will need authorization from one or more agencies (USFWS/NMFS/DFW) before construction begins.
- California Rapid Assessment Methodology (CRAM) Studies – We are certified to conduct CRAM studies as needed for federal and state environmental assessment.
- Habitat Conservation Planning (HCP) – Conservation planning is required when a project may affect a plant or animal species listed as threatened or endangered by federal or state law. We can help you with any planning activity necessary for an approval.
- Construction Monitoring – Projects with onsite mitigation often require biological resource monitoring and agency reporting as habitats are established or maintained. Let us know if you need assistance with any federal or state regulated monitoring.