CRI’s technical staff is well versed in the field assessment of habitats, various plant communities, and their overall health and ability to support various forms of wildlife. We regularly evaluate the impacts to these communities and their inhabitants from direct and indirect project impacts.
Our staff has advanced education in plant identification and has performed hundreds of rare, threatened, and endangered (RTE) species surveys in areas suspected to contain such species. We’ve also located new and previously unknown populations of sensitive species during general project field work.
At the federal level, our wildlife biologists are experienced in conducting and preparing:
- Biological Assessments consistent with the requirements of Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act for terrestrial and aquatic species
- Phase 1, Phase 2, and Phase 3 surveys and coordination for the federally listed Bog Turtle
- Essential Fish Habitat Worksheets required under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act for designated fish species and other National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration-Trust Resources
- Bald Eagle monitoring and nest survey reports required under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act
- Bird nesting surveys and reports consistent with requirements of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act for all migratory bird species
Recent projects have evaluated the potential effects to the federally protected bog turtle, shortnose sturgeon, Atlantic sturgeon, northern long-eared bat, Indiana bat, and bald eagle. In accordance with these Federal Acts, CRI has also facilitated the acquisition of all required authorizations, including Biological Opinions, permits, and concurrences.
In addition to federal agency coordination, CRI also regularly performs coordination regarding state-listed plant and animal species with various state agencies, including, but not limited to, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, and Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control. Recent projects have included surveys for various species of RTE plants in Maryland and Virginia, construction monitoring to protect the Maryland state-listed rainbow snake, and Forest Interior Dwelling Bird surveys in Maryland’s Critical Area. CRI has also assisted clients in addressing impact avoidance for these protected species.
- Full-Delivery Stream Restoration Services for WIP TMDL Credits
- I-495 & I-270 Managed Lanes Study
- I-81 Mussel Translocation
- Long Bridge Project, Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)
- Marley Neck Forest Interior Dwelling Bird Survey
- MD 224 Rainbow Snake Inspection
- MD 254 Over Neale Sound – Section 7 Consultation and EFH
- SR 1 Tybouts Corner to SR 273 Bog Turtle Phase 1 & 2 Surveys
- Vienna to Sharptown 69 kV Transmission Line
- Wattsville to Kenney with Extension to Piney Grove 69 kV Transmission Line Rebuild