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Ecological Risk Assessments
Chemical contamination of soil, sediment, or surface water on your property may, or may not, be a hazard to wildlife.  Ecological risk assessment (ERA) is a quantitative tool that can be used to meet regulatory requirements by estimating the presence of risk, its magnitude, and forms of wildlife that might be affected.  The information can then be used to formulate remedial decisions, that may include no further action.  ERA can often lead to significant project cost savings.
 
We have more than 20 years of ERA experience operating within both federal (USEPA) and state guidance and regulations.  Our knowledge of ERA guidance, including collaborating in its development in some instances, is thorough and extensive. 
 
High Prairie Environmental can assist with all phases of an ERA, from initial project design and strategy, writing the sampling plan, collecting field samples or performing wildlife surveys, data analysis and statistics, and final report completion.
 
 

 Environmental Impact Assessments

In the US and abroad, the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and similar acts or rules dictate that development activities, if on federal lands or using federal funds, must be preceded by an assessment of environmental impacts, a presentation of development options, and a plan to mitigate unavoidable impacts.

 

A company that is thoroughly knowledgeable with the NEPA process, sensitive species biology, and wildland ecology will be your best representative to the government agencies and can ensure a quicker and more streamlined journey to your project's start.

 

 

 Habitat Restoration and Sensitive Species Surveys

Remediation or development projects may be required to include plans for restoration of impacted habitat to conditions beneficial to the local ecosystem.  Sometimes, restoration continued beyond the project's footprint can be used to bargain for reduced remediation efforts.  Ecological restoration plans are usually important to most stakeholders and can strongly influence a project's success. 

 

Surveys for sensitive species, if performed early in the process and in the appropriate season, by a senior-level field ecologist will facilitate the environmental permitting for your project.