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Ecology and Environmental Services

Jackson Environmental specializes in using science and technology to solve problems related to human impacts upon the environment through a multidisciplinary approach. Our staff works closely with professionals in the private and public sector to navigate stringent local, federal and state regulations and find optimum solutions for a variety of clients. From pre-development site analysis, site selection to development and planning, we consistently deliver projects on time and on budget. Our list of services include:
  • Threatened & Endangered Species Surveys
  • Field Delineation/Surveys
  • Document Preparation and Distribution
  • Mitigation of Impacts
  • Post Construction Monitoring
  • Alternatives Formulation and Analysis
  • Wetland and Stream Delineations and Assessments
  • Biological Assessments
  • Environmental Assessments
  • Environmental Impact Statements
  • Site Protection and Enhancement Plan
  • Section 10/404 Permit Applications
  • Compensatory Mitigation Plans
  • Mitigation Monitoring Designs
  • Functions and Values Studies
  • Cumulative Impact Analysis
  • Alternatives Formulation and Analysis

Project Examples


Raystown LakeIndiana Bat Survey


Jackson Environmental was awarded a contract to collect baseline data including presence and/or probable absence of federally endangered Indiana bats, study roost site characteristics and distributions, and collect DNA samples for genetic analysis.

The project area was surveyed for presence or probable absence of federally listed endangered bat species between July 23, 2007 and July 26, 2007. Eight net-site locations, selected by USACE, were surveyed for a total of 32 net-nights.

Net-sets were placed in areas that provided potential flight corridors that could serve as a natural funnel, which aids in capturing bats. These areas included small stream channels, unimproved roads, and small openings in forest interiors

Methods used to the conduct summer mist net survey followed the mist netting guidelines (Appendix II) in the Agency Draft Indiana Bat (Myotis sodalis) Revised Recovery Plan (USFWS 1999). Mist nets were placed across stream channels, trails, road ruts, roads, and within forest interiors.

A total of 34 bats comprised four species were captured during this study.

Rockies Express Pipeline Habitat Assessment


Jackson Environmental was contracted by Rockies Express Pipeline to aid in a baseline bat study for a portion of a petroleum line corridor proposed to be constructed between Kansas City, Missouri and Wheeling, West Virginia.

Jackson Environmental teamed with Palmer Engineering and ETC Ecological to conduct summer mist net surveys for Indiana bats (Myotis sodalis) and assess the distribution and characteristics of roost trees and potential roost trees.

Surveys were also conducted for the presence of raptors and other migratory birds, as well as their nests.

Approximately 700 miles of the pipeline corridor was surveyed for bats using the mist netting guidelines established in, the Agency Draft Indiana Bat (Myotis sodalis) Revised Recovery Plan (USFWS 1999), raptors, and migratory birds beginning 2007, concluding in 2009.

Over 250 bats comprised eight species were captured during this study including Indiana bats.

Radio Telemetry was performed documenting roost tree characteristics and distributions within in each of the four states surveyed.

Nine new maternity colonies of Indiana bats were documented and more than 50 raptor nests were documented.

East Kentucky Power Corporation


Mitigation


Palmer Engineering partnered with Jackson Environmental to provide land surveying, ecological services and civil engineering for the mitigation of streams and wetlands at the 3,272 acre J.K. Smith Power Station in Clark County, Kentucky.

Plans for a proposed coal-fired unit included two landfills, two beneficial reuse areas, a reservoir, and earthwork borrow areas, all of which would impact existing streams and wetlands in the project area.

The Palmer Engineering team was asked to mitigate the impacted areas: 4.783 acres of wetlands, 24,895 linear feet of ephemeral stream, 32,787 linear feet of intermittent stream, and 17,808 linear feet of perennial streams.

Mitigation plans called for the restoration of existing streams and wetlands and/or the creation of new streams and wetlands based on the standard US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) requirements for compensation of replacing streams and wetlands based on their existing quality and stream type.

Services provided included field survey of existing streams and wetlands along with topographic surveys of areas for new streams and wetlands to be created.

Staff took this information and analyzed the existing information to provide designs for new streams and wetlands that would be better for the overall habitat.

Designs included providing engineered structures to restore the habitat as close as possible to the existing streams and wetlands.

Biologists also provided benthic macroinvertebrate and fish sampling for the existing streams on site to incorporate or improve these features or create new future water bodies.

Once the design is complete, a mitigation plan will be submitted to USACE for final approval.

Construction management services and materials management services will also be required to coordinate with the contractor during construction of the new streams and wetlands.

Services