Wildland Services, LLC has a Biologist on staff with extensive experience performing wetland delineations in Alabama, Florida, and Georgia. Trimble GeoExplorer GPS units with sub-meter capable accuracy are used in the field and all wetlands and streams are flagged to ensure easy identification. The wetlands are mapped on aerial photographs and topography maps for interpretation. We will then meet with your engineer or team to discuss the findings of the delineation and your options for moving forward with the development process. Our staff is more than capable of handling any size job and performs all delineations in accordance with the 1987 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Wetland Delineation Manual and their regional supplements.
What is a Wetland Delineation?
A wetland delineation is an onsite inspection to determine if wetlands and or streams are present on a specific piece of property. Data is collected to determine the boundaries of the wetland and include: hydrology, plant composition and soil characteristics. Wetland Delineations should be an integral part of the planning process as the results of the delineation often times determine the amount of property that can be feasible developed without additional environmental impact costs. In the event that your project contains Jurisdictional "Waters of the U.S." that are unavoidable, our company has the ability to walk you step by step through the Corps of Engineers? Nationwide and Individual Permit Process.
What is a Nationwide or Individual Permit?
These permits (one for larger impacts/one for smaller) are often required when a slated project is proposing to impact onsite jurisdictional wetlands and or streams in order to develop a piece of land. These are acquired through a process that involves the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and may also include the EPA, the local Departments of Environmental Management (ADEM in Alabama), Natural Resources and Conservation Service, the local Archeological Organizations and the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service. This process often requires mitigation for impacts to jurisdictional waters which may include purchasing credits from a Mitigation Bank or restoring wetlands and or streams on the project site.
What is Wetland Mitigation?
Generally speaking, mitigation is required to "offset" the impacts that a project is causing to the environment. In the event that a project proposes to impact a significant amount of stream, a significant amount of stream must be restored to counter the environmental loss that occurred from the impact. This restoration can be performed elsewhere or it can be purchased from a company (Mitigation Bank) that has already restored a significant portion of stream in the immediate area for this purpose. There are a number of Mitigation Banks throughout the southeast. Our Biologist has experience working on Mitigation Plans and implementing restoration activities to offset impacts associated with projects.
Wildland Services offer their services in Alabama, Georgia, and Florida!