Habitat Assessments, Siting and Impact Studies
Habitat Assessments, Environmental Assessments (EA), Environmental Impact Statements (EIS) and Siting Studies are used for assessing environmental impacts of proposed development projects including residential and commercial buildings and transportation developments. In addition these assessments are a key process for Federally funded or regulated projects including energy projects such as wind and hydroelectric. These studies document existing conditions and potential impacts from proposed activities. Water-dependent projects such as boat launches, structures that require adjacency to water bodies, and wetland and stream restoration projects necessarily involve environmental permitting. While many of our clients’ restoration projects are self mitigating, they still frequently require detailed impact assessments and alternative analyses. Other projects with unavoidable impacts require mitigation efforts that benefit from a team of biologists, engineers and regulatory specialists.
Our ecological team has a thorough understanding of regulatory concerns and has successfully managed the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and related state processes for large and small scale projects. We have demonstrated ability to effectively navigate through scoping issues and analysis of project alternatives, recommending studies to meet NEPA requirements. We routinely analyze the effects of various alternatives on environmental, social, and economic resources. Our experience includes extensive public outreach, group facilitation and working with various special interest groups, resource agencies, and the public in the NEPA process.
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