Natural Resource Management

At L.R. Kimball, our natural resource specialists have extensive experience conducting wildlife, wetland and stream assessments for aviation clients, state Departments of Transportation, turnpike commissions, and other businesses and governmental agencies.

Benefits That Keep the Project on Track

By considering environmental effects early in the project planning cycle, our assessments become an essential planning tool that improves overall project performance. Our clients know what to plan for, which reduces project costs and lessens the likelihood of delays and modifications. They understand the surrounding environment, which helps them avoid the financial and administrative costs of unintended regulatory violations. And they earn the respect of the community, whose members appreciate the effort to preserve the environment.

Wildlife, Wetland and Stream Assessments

Using an array of data collection methodologies, our wildlife, wetland and stream assessments become invaluable planning resources that can provide comprehensive overviews of habitats, outline mitigation strategies and even identify chemical characteristics of waterways. Assessment services include:

  • Wildlife Assessments
    • Habitat Surveys
      • Aquatic (EPA rapid bioassessment protocols)
      • Predictive habitat modeling
      • Species specific
      • Terrestrial (HEP, PAMHEP, THAM)
    • Species Presence/Absence Surveys
      • Density/distribution surveys
      • Ecological resource inventories
      • Threatened and endangered species
      • Birds
      • Mammals
      • Plants
      • Reptiles and amphibians
      • Fish
      • Macro invertebrates
      • Mussels
    • Impact Assessment
      • Biological assessments
      • ESA Section 7 consultations
      • Impact assessment and determination
    • Mitigation
      • Best management practices
      • Habitat conservation/enhancement/management plans
      • Impact avoidance/minimization
      • Wildlife mitigation plans
  • Wetland Assessments
    • Functional assessments
    • Habitat classification and geomorphic orientation
    • Identification and delineation
    • Jurisdictional determinations
    • Mitigation plans
    • Mitigation monitoring
    • Utilization of application:
      • 1987 COE Wetlands Delineation Manual
      • 1989 COE Federal Manual for Identifying and Delineating Jurisdictional Wetlands
    • Individual state wetland finding procedures
  • Stream Assessments
    • Chemical characteristics analysis
    • Floodplain identification
    • Identification and delineation
    • Mitigation plans
    • Physical characteristics analysis
    • Riparian corridor assessment
    • Utilization of EPA rapid bioassessment protocols
    • Watershed, ground water and drinking water assessment
A Shrinking Bat Population
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service lists the Indiana Bat as an endangered species. Human disturbances, the commercialization of caves, loss of summer habitat, pesticides and other contaminants, and the advent of white nose syndrome have cut the bat’s population by more than half since 1967. They are typically found in the eastern United States.