CRI possesses a broad knowledge of the natural environment; gained through extensive training and hands-on experience in performing technical field studies, research, and reporting. CRI employs this knowledge to provide expert services in environmental assessments/inventories, planning, documentation, and impact analyses within the policy and regulatory framework of local, state, and federal law. CRI is able to identify and assess a wide array of interconnected resources, including wetlands, streams, water quality, soils, wildlife, fisheries, rare, threatened and endangered species, and forests and other vegetative communities.

Assessments are completed through background research, mapping, and field investigation of resources using accepted technical methodologies to develop an in-depth characterization of the existing environmental conditions in a project area. The characterization of natural resource conditions developed during the environmental assessment/inventory can then be used to aid in the planning process. CRI has expertise in coordinating the sometimes divergent priorities of regulatory requirements and project needs. Our firm is skilled in identifying, quantifying, and analyzing both direct and indirect project impacts to natural resources. CRI works closely with project engineers and resource regulators to identify environmental permitting issues and enhance environmental sensitivity and feasibility of projects by developing creative solutions that avoid and minimize potential impacts to sensitive resources. This proactive approach allows for the design of a successful project that addresses natural resource issues and meets regulatory requirements from the start.

Environmental documentation at all levels is a primary component of our business. In all phases of CRI’s work, documenting technical studies performed is critical in translating environmental data into a clear picture of existing conditions and what potential effects the subject project could have on sensitive resources. Levels of documentation range from simple wetland delineation reports to complex alternatives analyses and technical reports involving literature searches, natural resources mapping, extensive field reconnaissance, and preparation of impact assessments and compensatory mitigation.

CRI has experience preparing Environmental Impact Statements, Natural Environmental Technical Reports, Categorical Exclusions, Environmental or Biological Assessments, Forest Stand Delineations/Forest Conservation Plans, Avoidance, Minimization and Mitigation Reports, and Chesapeake Bay Critical Area Reports.

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