Below is a brief description of services offered:
|1. Initial site visits (reconnaissance) - Conducted to determine if any regulated Critical Areas exist on a property that may affect current or future proposed development. Initial visits can be completed at the request of a property owner, the property owner's primary contact person, or a prospective buyer with property owner's permission.
|2. Feasibility anyalysis - Conducted to determine if a client's desired development plan will impact a regulated critical area or associated buffer area. This service can save clients time and money because it is important to be aware of Critical Areas regulations before paying money to have an architect or engineer design a project that can't be approved due to Critical Areas regulations.
|3. Wildlife habitat assessments – Conducted to determine if habitat for threatened, endangered, and special status wildlife species occurs on a proposed development site. Detailed wildlife habitat assessments are required by multiple jurisdictions based on site characteristics and the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Priority Habitats and Species (PHS) data base.
|4. Wildlife surveys – Conducted to determine presence/absence of any threatened, endangered, or priority status wildlife species. Ecosystems Northwest focus in this category is on Washington Ground Squirrels and Burrowing Owls.
|5. Priority Habitat Surveys – Completed in Eastern Washington to determine presence and quality of shrub steppe and eastside steppe habitat on the subject property.
|6. Habitat Management Plans – Completed as required by many jurisdictions in Eastern Washington. Habitat Management Plans are required when prior biological reviews verify that a priority habitat or species has been determined to be present on the property in question and the proposed development will impact that species or habitat. Habitat Management Plans are often prepared in conjunction with a mitigation plan intended to offset impacts associated with a proposed development activity.
|7. Shrub Steppe Mitigation Sites – Ecosystems Northwest have been identified and have available land that is suitable for shrub steppe/eastside steppe mitigation.
|8. Detailed Mitigation/Restoration Plans – Prepared in accordance with the regulatory agencies guidelines to assist clients with project approval from all necessary environmental review agencies (federal, state, and local). These detailed reports include a text component, a map/visual component of proposed mitigation/restoration and detailed site plans.
|9. Monitoring of Installed Mitigation Plan and Preparation of Monitoring Reports – Once a mitigation/restoration plan has been approved by a regulatory agency and installed per the approved plans, Ecosystems Northwest monitors the installed mitigation plans for clients to ensure performance standards outlined in the mitigation plan are met. An annual monitoring report is completed for submittal to the regulatory agency, complete with a description of the mitigation site’s status and photographs. At the end of the mitigation monitoring and maintenance period outlined in the mitigation plan, a final report is submitted to show that all mitigation performance standards have been met.
|10. Project Management – Assistance obtaining development permits when a jurisdiction’s environmental code requires a permit to be obtained. Ecosystems Northwest can assist clients with the often cumbersome and daunting federal, state, county, and city environmental permitting processes.
|11. Attendance at Site or Office Meetings with Regulatory Agency Personnel – At the client’s request, Ecosystems Northwest attends meetings with staff members of environmental review agencies acting on behalf of clients to determine the most efficient and cost effective approach to achieving approval of the proposed development project.
|12. Attendance at Public Hearings and Legal Meetings – On behalf of clients as the technical Critical Areas expert for wetland, stream, and protected wildlife habitat regulations. I have attended several public hearings as the lead technical expert related to code enforcement cases involving Critical Areas Issues.