Fish, Wildlife, and Habitat Assessment

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An Environmental Assessment (EA) of a property begins with an evaluation of its role in the surrounding sustainable ecology, and the opportunity to retain or enhance existing natural systems. We prepare ecological baseline assessments, fish and wildlife habitat assessments, fisheries enhancement and compensation works, and riparian habitat remediation.

A terrestrial or wildlife habitat survey may be a requirement of your project. For projects in the initial planning stages, our team can conduct baseline desktop surveys and provide guidance in advance of any project planning. At the forefront of a project, our team can conduct ground truthing surveys utilising the results of desktop results to assist our clients in determining next step approaches.

 

Our sustainability planning assessments consider opportunities to enhance existing natural systems to comply with local, provincial, and federal regulations.

EA Services Include:

  • QEP Surveys
  • P-15 Assessments
  • Ecological Baseline Assessments
  • Fish & Wildlife Habitat Assessments
  • Heron & Raptor Surveys
  • Nesting Bird Surveys
  • Negotiations & Permitting services
  • Fisheries enhancement & compensations works
  • Riparian habitat remediation
  • Environmental design & installation
  • Biofiltration
  • Creek relocation and bank stabilization
  • Conservation covenants & Ecogift dedications
  • Species-at-Risk Assessment

Some Key Examples of Our Work Have Been Included Below:

 

Fish and Fish Habitat Assessments

PLG is committed to supporting existing natural systems, by providing opportunities for habitat retention or enhancement. Habitat and ecological baseline assessments of fish and wildlife are fundamental in sustainable planning. Our assessment work focuses on the prevention of negative impacts, and aquatic and terrestrial species, and their habitats. Our Environmental Resource Division has the expertise to conduct thorough field analyses, in accordance with governmental regulations and land use planning requirements.

 

 

Riparian Areas Assessments

Watercourses and wetlands are subject to government regulations. PLG conducts watercourse and wetland setback assessments to determine setbacks that are regulated by different levels of government protection standards. Our QEPs are able to assess and report appropriate setbacks and provide a written assessment to our clients.

 

Bird/Nest Surveys

The BC Wildlife Act and the Migratory Bird Convention Act provide protection for native birds, their nests and young from disturbance or harm during the recognized bird breeding season. The nests of some raptors, e.g., bald eagles and osprey are protected year-round, whether active or not.

 

Please note that, the provincially recognized bird nesting period for most birds, from nest-building through to fledging, is March 1 to September 30, as indicated by the BC Develop with Care Best Management Practices Guidelines.

 

Our professional biologists and QEPs are able to conduct bird nests surveys and determine whether nests are active/inactive and will provide a detailed report outlining buffers (if required), exclusion zones etc.

 

Watercourse Assessments /Classification Confirmation Assessments

 

PLG QEP’s are experienced in conducting watercourse assessments throughout western Canada based on various local regulatory requirements and guidelines (e.g. RAR or Forest Practice Code). Our biologists and technicians are also certified and experienced to perform fish salvage and relocation using electrofishing and minnow traps.

 

P-15 Assessments / Vegetation /Invasive Species Assessments

 

PLG QEP’s are experienced in conducting and preparing P-15 Assessments, 1-5 year plant health assessments and vegatation assessments (native, invasive and species at risk).

 

Our biologists/QEPs are prepared to work closely with our clients to determine a management solution for invasive species tailored to the needs of each specific project. Control plans may include a combination of physical removal and chemical treatment, but will be designed project-specific in order to meet the needs of the client and regulatory criteria. 

 

 

 

 

Our Successful Projects

  • Delsom Estates (Sunstone Community), Delta

    PLG provided the fish and wildlife assessment for the 107 acre, master planned community in Delta.  The assessment assisted in determining the impact of development on the existing fish and wildlife habitats on site. Learn more
  • B&B Contracting, Surrey

    Compilation of a report for the Environmental Review Committee (ERC); focusing on the existing water course and establishment of riparian setbacks in accordance with guidelines outlined in the "Fisheries Sensitive Zones", in the Streamside Protection Regulations of the BC Fish Protection Act (2001).  Proposed compensation for relaxed riparian setbacks, including provision of replacement plantings and additional setback dedication on site. 
  • Cloverdale Cold Storage, Surrey

    Wildlife assessment, including raptor-heron study, prior to the development of an 119,393 sq.ft cold storage warehouse.  Compilation of ERC report and attendance at the ERC meeting. Learn more
  • Ercon, Abbotsford

    PLG provided the Environmental Overview for a 29.6 acre property in Abbotsford, BC.  The review identified the water courses on site, and the development potential of the property in accordance with the Riparian Area Regulations for setbacks.
  • Campbell Heights 24 Industrial Park, Surrey

    PLG dedicated a wildlife corridor on site, to allow access and connectivity for local wildlife.  Collaborated with Surrey's Environmental Review Committee and planners to re-designate and relocate the on-site stream, and develop a bioswale along the southern portion of the property.

"Credit must go to the corporate teams from Pacific Land Group that listened to our concerns and considered the safety of the environment in the event of a possible fuel spill."

- Phillip Milligan, President
Little Campbell Watershed Society