Mitigation Bank Feasibility Analysis & Market Research
Our expertise in the field of environmental restoration can assist landowners and government entities in identifying and determining mitigation opportunities on their properties, along with subsequent valuation services. Services include wetland inventories, biological assessments, fisheries investigations, wildlife surveys, vegetation inventory, and mapping.
WES personnel have unparalleled experience in performing reliable, realistic feasibility analysis for wetland and habitat restoration, conservation, and mitigation projects. In addition to developing over thirty mitigation and conservation banks.
Geographic Information System (GIS) Analysis
Our team has expertise in the use of ArcGIS 9.3 with ESRI Spatial Analyst software and ArcHSI program (Habitat Suitability Index) to identify potential mitigation and restoration opportunities through the analysis of elevation, vegetative cover, infrastructure constraints, sensitive habitats, species information, and hydrologic and wetland resources. Our library of regional data, including USGS Hydrologic Unit Code mapping, California Natural Diversity Data Base records, LIDAR topographic surveys, existing major infrastructure, property ownership and existing restoration project locations provides clients with the resources they need to be successful.
Habitat Conservation Plan Implementation & Advising
WES has over a decade of experience in assisting regional and local governments with the development of Habitat Conservation Plans (HCPs) for a particular area or species. Working in conjunction with legal and biological consulting groups, our staff can provide guidance on land acquisition, design-build, and pricing structures vital to the successful implementation of regional conservation efforts. In California, WES has provided Natomas Basin Conservancy (TNBC) support services for implementation of the Natomas Basin Habitat Conservation Plan, including site-specific management plans, field reconnaissance data and analysis, and analysis of long-term stewardship operations and maintenance budget planning needs.