Effectively Negotiating Environmental Permits

Michael Sweesy, RLA,  leads Dudek’s native habitat restoration practice and Sherri Miller manages the firm’s biology practice. They have extensive experience negotiating environmental permits with resource agencies on behalf of private and public clients with development projects in California.  The following are their insights on effective negotiating.

How Environmental Awareness Training Keeps Projects Moving Forward

  When a bulldozer operator working on the Sacramento light rail expansion spotted two burrowing owls fly out of a burrow on the project site, the value of environmental awareness training for construction crews became clear.  The operator immediately started the protocol he learned in training, and the burrowing owls, a California species of concern,…

Video: Landowners’ Considerations for Biological Surveys

  Dudek biologist Tricia Wotipka-Priest has performed hundreds of biological surveys in California for developments ranging from less than an acre to projects with hundreds of acres. In this 4-minute video, Tricia shares tips for California landowners on scheduling and performing biological surveys to keep development projects moving forward. Watch the video here: http://bit.ly/19zqzkR

Mobile Technology Improves Biology Field Surveys

  Dudek biologists are often involved in large-scale biology surveys for renewable energy, transportation, and development projects.  Surveys like these can often involve tracking dozens of species and recording multiple attributes for each species.  Dudek biologist Kam Muri describes how mobile technology has made biology field surveys more efficient and accurate. Check out the video…

Missed Pre-Construction Deadlines? We Can Help!

  Missing the February deadline to clear vegetation at pre-construction sites prior to bird nesting season doesn’t need to put the project on hold until September 15 when nesting season ends. To avoid potential construction delays, vegetation should be cleared at pre-construction sites prior to the breeding season because destroying a bird nest or causing…

Managing Spring Biology Surveys to Keep Development Projects Moving Forward

Every spring survey is slightly different. While some species — plants and butterflies to name two — have variable survey seasons, others have well established or federally-mandated survey seasons. Missing a survey window can adversely impact a project’s schedule. The key to managing mandated surveys is to combine the needs and schedule of the development…

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