Resources

Foothill Associates has considerable experience with natural resources planning, assessment, and management in California. Our biologists and environmental planners provide expertise in plant and wildlife ecology; Endangered Species Act (ESA) compliance; natural resource management planning; habitat conservation planning; habitat restoration planning, design, and implementation; watershed planning; and water resources planning and analysis.

 

Resources Assessment

Foothill Associates conducts resource assessment surveys and biological analyses to help identify the likelihood of special-status species or habitats, make recommendations for further studies, and identify permits that may required. Vegetation and habitat mapping, plant and wildlife inventories, wetland assessments, habitat assessments, and constraints analysis are essential planning tools for engineers and land planners to minimize or avoid biological impacts.

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Botanical and Wildlife Surveys

Foothill Associates has permitted biologists who perform focused plant and wildlife surveys to comply with government agencies regulations, such as the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Environmental Protection Agency, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Caltrans, and Migratory Bird Treaty Act. We are familiar with established protocols and guidelines for determining the presence or absence of threatened, endangered, or special status plants, invertebrates, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals.

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Construction Monitoring

A common mitigation measure for projects that will engage in construction activities in close proximity to protected habitats or other sensitive botanical/biological resources is the development of construction worker awareness training and the use of on-site biological monitors. Foothill Associates provide training to construction personnel regarding the nature of the sensitive resources and the mechanisms in place to protect these resources from inadvertent damage from construction activities. We also provide monitoring during construction to ensure that the protective measures are enforced.

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Restoration

Foothill Associates has extensive experience in the design, construction, monitoring, and managing of wetland, stream corridor, and habitat restoration and creation plans that meet client needs and agency requirements and ensure a high level of restoration success. Foothill Associates’ restoration plans are based on a site-specific feasibility analysis that provides a detailed understanding of existing soils, hydrology, and vegetation characteristics. We provide practical monitoring programs designed to successfully restore and create self-sustaining habitats.

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Wetland Delineations

Foothill Associates has extensive experience in the delineation of wetlands according to the 1987 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Wetland Delineation Manual, the Arid West Supplement, Rapanos Guidelines, and applicable wetlands regulations. We customarily map wetlands and other waters of the U.S. and facilitate verification with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

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Arboriculture

Our International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) certified arborists regularly perform tree surveys, including tagging individual trees, identifying species, recording tree condition, and mapping locations, in both wildlands and developed urban areas. We have experience evaluating the health of trees from canopy, structural, and root crown inspections; and are experienced in overseeing the proper pruning and protection of trees during and after construction. We are familiar with many local tree ordinances and have produced tree mitigation and monitoring plans, impact analysis, and tree preservation plans.

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Water Resources

Foothill Associates specializes in assisting clients address a broad range of water quality, stormwater, and flood control issues. We focus on effective solutions that balance regulatory compliance, effective resource protection, and cost-containment. We have an understanding of the complex water cycle from site analysis to watershed-wide planning.

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