Conservation Planning

Conservation Planning

We bring expertise to assessing the impacts of human activities on wildlife, terrestrial habitats, and watersheds, including how these systems may be affected by changing climate conditions.We bring expertise to assessing the impacts of human activities on wildlife, terrestrial habitats, and watersheds, including how these systems may be affected by changing climate conditions. We work with our clients to develop practical and economical conservation solutions based on the most recent scientific research and knowledge. Planning for a healthy ecosystem must consider a variety of human uses including motorized and non-motorized recreation, energy development, and commercial and residential development. Through a collaborative approach and comprehensive ecosystem evaluations, we work with federal and state agencies, municipalities, counties, land trusts and private companies to identify opportunities for ensuring long-term ecosystem sustainability and, ultimately, saving projects time and money by streamlining regulatory processes and preventing costly delays.

 

Select Projects

Climate Change Resiliency in Rural Communities, North America

Client: Model Forest Policy Program’s Climate Solutions University

Objective: Support rural towns in implementing climate adaption actions to improve the sustainability of forest and watershed systems and the communities they support.

Outcome: Ongoing work activities resulting in greater climate change awareness among the public and decision-makers, on-the-ground habitat restoration, and a regulatory context consistent with adaptation goals

  Travel Management Planning in the Rio Grande National Forest

Client: The Wilderness Society

Objective: Conduct a comprehensive assessment of wildlife habitat and watershed values in the Forest and produce science-based recommendations and guidelines for managing Forest roads and trails to minimize ecosystem impacts and restore wildlife habitat.

Outcome: The resulting route-specific recommendations were used to inform recreation planning in the Forest. This project also produced an explicit framework for ecosystem-based recreation planning for use in other locations.

Aligning Transportation Planning with State Wildlife Action Plans

Client: This project was conducted through the Southern Rockies Ecosystem Project with funding from the Doris Duke Foundation & the Wildlife Conservation Society.

Objective: Establish collaborative process among state transportation and wildlife agencies to facilitate streamlining and review, and ensure compliance with environmental regulations.

Outcome: The project resulted in the high quality spatial data delineating important wildlife corridors across the state and provided a framework for ensuring that wildlife data are incorporated early into transportation project planning. These data were also later integrated into a multi-state database for the Western Governor’s Association’s Wildlife Corridors Initiative.