Biological Resource Management
Natural Investigations has earned a solid reputation with regulatory agencies for its demonstrated ability to conduct scientifically sound biological resource management work. This allows the federal, state, and local compliance process to move forward as efficiently as possible on projects of every scale. Our scientists perform biological resource assessments, endangered species surveys, habitat evaluations and mapping, mitigation planning, wetland delineations, and other services. Our ultimate aim is to help our public and private sector clients meet project ends while preserving our irreplaceable natural resources.
Natural Investigations provides a full spectrum of biological consulting services, including:
Natural Investigations performs Phase I Environmental Site Assessments for CEQA, FESA, and NEPA compliance. All assessment work follows the ASTM E 1527-13 Standard and is completed at a competitive price with a quick turnaround.
Teaming with botanist Margriet Wetherwax (UC Berkeley) and others, Natural Investigations performs rare plant surveys for compliance with State and Federal Endangered Species Acts and local municipal ordinances and Habitat Conservation Plans.
Natural Investigations performs nesting bird surveys in advance of work that could disturb nesting birds. These surveys ensure compliance with applicable policies and regulations.
Natural Investigations has been performing arborist services in the Northern California region since 2004. We specialize in a wide array of arborist services.
Natural Investigations assists clients by designing mitigation measures that eliminate or minimize impacts to important species and habitats and ensure compliance. Our team of experts integrates biological data into the planning process to determine mitigation needs responsibly and within project time frames.
Natural Investigations specializes in rare plant and animal surveys to inform ecological impact assessments. This includes surveys for endangered and special status species. We have established a solid reputation with regulatory agencies which helps ensure that our high quality work can be completed without delay.
Our GIS team produces detailed habitat and biological resource sensitivity maps, following ESRI's best practices for geospatial analysis, data presentation, and database building and maintenance.
Natural investigations performs delineations to determine the location and extent of wetlands on a property. This is typically completed before a property can be developed in compliance with state and federal laws that regulate fill or drainage of wetlands.
Biological Resources Assessments
- Roman Palisades Estates Project Biological Resources Assessment. 2006. Prepared for the City of Ceres. Dr. Graening performed protocol valley elderberry longhorn beetle surveys and a general biological inventory and impact analysis of a 52-acre parcel adjacent to the Tuolumne River. Dr. Graening assisted the City of Ceres and the developer in project redesign to avoid biological sensitive resources and costly mitigation while enhancing the value of open areas between estate lots.
- Benton Airpark Improvements Project Biological Resources Assessment, Shasta Co. 2006. Prepared for SWCA Inc. and the City of Redding. Performed field surveys and wetland delineation, authored report.
- Biological Resources Study & Important Habitat Mitigation Plan for the Verizon Indian Creek Project, Placerville, CA. 2015. Prepared for the County of El Dorado.
- State Route 94 Improvement Project Natural Environmental Study, Jamul, CA. 2014. Prepared for Caltrans.