Our Biological Resource Services

Conservation Planning includes preparing written management plans for a variety of natural resources. South Environmental has completed Habitat Conservation Plans, Avian and Nesting Bird Protection and Avoidance Plans, Mitigation, Monitoring, and Reporting Plans, Resource Conservation Plans, and Urban Forest Management Plans.

Biological Resource Assessments are the baseline reports characterizing and assessing the value of the biological resources on your project site. Typically the assessment includes an initial investigation of background literature about sensitive and protected biological resources that are known to occur in the region of your site, an in-person survey of the site to document vegetation communities and hydrology (waterways), and a report that details the findings of assessment that includes recommendations for complying with the federal, state, and local regulations pertaining to the resources identified on the site.

Wetland Delineations include a formal characterization and measurement of wetlands, rivers, streams, streambeds, vernal pools, and riparian habitat areas that are regulated by the US Army Corps of Engineers, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the California Regional Water Quality Control Boards. The delineation typically includes a field survey and written report describing the waters that occur on your project site. These reports are submitted with permit applications for projects that will impact waterways.

Special-Status Species Surveys are specialized and focused surveys for a particular species of plant or animal that is protected by a federal, state, or local regulation due to its rarity.  South Environmental has the expertise and/or required permits to survey for the following groups and species:

  • Rare and Endangered Plants
  • Nesting Birds
  • Protected Wildlife
    • Desert Tortoise
    • Burrowing Owl
    • Mohave Ground Squirrel
    • San Bernardino Kangaroo Rat
    • Least Bell’s Vireo
    • Southwestern Willow Flycatcher
    • Coastal California Gnatcatcher