Natural Resource Services
DBS&A’s natural resource team consists of renowned, high-caliber biologists and ecologists with the expertise to perform biological assessments, biological evaluations, habitat conservation plans, ordinary high water mark determinations, wetland delineations, and mitigation and monitoring plans.
By obtaining baseline data from government agencies, property owners, land managers, or other sources, we establish a foundation for evaluations before we initiate field work. With the use of GIS and modeling tools, our natural resource team also has the expertise to design a wide range of studies including watershed studies, tests of spatial association, and habitat modeling.
DBS&A staff perform all aspects of environmental permitting, and are well-versed in performing the audits, inventories, technical analysis, and required reporting for compliance with federal and state environmental laws, including:
- National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
- Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA)
- California Endangered Species Act
- Endangered Species Act Section 7 (Consultation), and Section 10 (Permit)
- Migratory Bird Treaty Act
- Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act
NEPA ensures that stakeholders, agencies, and the public have input into an action as part of the decision-making process. We incorporate appropriate input into the evaluation of project alternatives early in the process as part of our cost-effective and successful strategy of NEPA planning.
We perform all aspects of evaluations for NEPA compliance and have experience with impact analysis for land use, natural resources, threatened and endangered species, water resources, socioeconomics and environmental justice, hazardous materials, air quality, noise, visual resources, and cultural resources. In addition to our NEPA specialists, our team of hydrologists, biologists, geologists, GIS specialists, engineers, and environmental scientists can provide the resources necessary for evaluating specialized and complex issues, including the preparation of or assistance with:
- Environmental Impact Statements
- Environmental Assessments
- Categorical Exclusions
- Environmental Information Documents
- Biological Evaluations
Click here for a 2-page overview of our natural resources NEPA services.
Environmental assessment projects often involve cultural, archaeological, and historic preservation activities as required by the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) and NEPA. DBS&A maintains active relationships with cultural resource firms in the industry and can advise on project requirements. These requirements may include:
- Archaeological surveys and excavations
- Historic building documentation and preservation
- Section 106 and 110 reviews
- Cultural resource monitoring
Endangered Species Act Compliance
As part of assisting county, city, state, and federal agencies comply with the Endangered Species Act (ESA) Section 7, DBS&A has conducted biological evaluations (BEs) and biological assessments (BAs) statewide. DBS&A team members are permitted with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to conduct Southwestern Willow Flycatcher (Empidonax traillii extimus), Chiricahua leopard frog (Lithobates chiricahuensis), and Mexican Spotted Owl (Strix occidentalis lucida) surveys.
DBS&A prepares thorough biological assessments and evaluations based on a clear understanding of the Section 7 consultation process, as well as habitat associations and requirements of threatened and endangered species, and the determination of exposure and effects. We provide uniform, streamlined biological reporting, clarify the level of documentation needed, reduce redundancy, and provide consistency and quality. We are experts in defining the action area buffer zone around the project area, including documentation of existing biological fauna and flora and evaluating habitats for special-status species. We also evaluate habitat for the potential for wildlife corridors, nests, noxious weeds, and existing land uses.
DBS&A staff documents the findings of the biological survey, describe natural resources and species observed, provide analysis of potential effects resulting from the proposed project, and recommend any necessary mitigation measures to avoid, mitigate, or minimize impacts to natural resources and species. DBS&A can also assist in Section 10 permitting by writing habitat conservation plans with an analysis of potential effects and proposed mitigation/conservation actions.
As part of our ESA and NEPA compliance documents, we can analyze the potential for occurrence of threatened and/or endangered species, and for migratory birds, at proposed project sites and provide recommendations for avoiding, minimizing, and/or mitigating the expected impacts of projects on these species.
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Nesting Bird and Bat Survey
Albuquerque, New Mexico
City of Hobbs, New Mexico
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Albuquerque, New Mexico