Natural sciences staff are involved in all stages of a project from pre-planning to closure. They help identify and mitigate biological impacts or issues and act as a liaison with regulatory agencies. This strategy not only limits liability for our clients, but in many cases limits costs as well.
SynergyAspen is pleased to offer the following biological services:
Vegetation assessments, including weed and rare plant surveys
Wildlife assessments including species at risk assessments, migratory bird assessments and nest surveys, caribou mitigation and protection plans, and wildlife camera programs
SynergyAspen conducts vegetation assessments either as a pre-disturbance baseline or as a portion of post-construction reclamation work to identify and document the following:
Species and plant communities present
Presence or absence of noxious weeds and invasive plants
Rare plants in the project area
With proper planning, damage to species and plant communities can be averted, and the biodiversity of the area can be protected and properly managed as required by applicable regulations.
Many areas in northeastern BC that are planned for resource development have high wildlife habitat value. As such, the Environmental Protection and Management Regulation requires companies to implement mitigative measures to protect wildlife and their habitats.
Wildlife assessments begin with a desktop review of wildlife habitat areas (WHA), ungulate winter ranges (UWR), and species of concern. This information helps determine which species require assessment, whether a wildlife mitigation plan is required, and if the project schedule or location needs to be amended to reduce impacts.
In some circumstances, for construction work to proceed during species-specific critical timing windows, regulators may require an on-site environmental monitor be present at all times to monitor and mitigate impacts to wildlife.
Stream and Wetland Classification and Assessment
Streams, wetlands, and associated riparian areas are important to water values, fish, and aquatic and wildlife habitat. These areas may require additional management measures for protection. Stream and wetland assessments document riparian and substrate conditions, vegetation types, and determine fish bearing status and species present.
Stream and wetland classification is used for planning and application purposes and is a requirement to obtain regulatory approval to work in or near a creek (e.g. pipeline stream crossings).
SynergyAspen is proficient in wetland classification and assessment, including the Poulin Stream Classification Method that is specific to the Peace Forest District unique ecosystems. Our Natural Sciences team is Electrofisher Crew Supervisor certified.
An environmental monitor is required for projects within or adjacent to sensitive habitats, or projects that occur during sensitive timing windows for species.
An environmental monitor is independent from the development contractor and proponent. An environmental monitor is typically present on-site for the duration of the disturbance activities. SynergyAspen has acted as environmental monitor on numerous project types including pipeline construction and boring activities, and industry road construction and deactivation.
Staff members are cross-trained in reclamation and natural sciences. This allows reclamation and environmental monitoring work to be completed concurrently, saving you time and money.
Erosion and Sediment Control
Managing erosion and sedimentation is an essential component of construction operations and is required by municipalities and regulatory agencies to mitigate environmental risks. Our ESC service manage our client's risk and liability, while protecting the environment from unnecessary erosion and sediment.
SynergyAspen specializes in analyzing the risk of both potential and active construction sites. Our team develops and produces erosion and sediment control plans.