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,…

Hidden Habitat Implications of California’s Dry Weather

  “Project owners with pending permitting and habitat mitigation programs need to plan for potential setbacks if California’s extended dry weather continues,” said Michael Sweesy, Dudek senior habitat restoration expert. “California had its worst drought conditions in 90 years between January and May last year, and the first seasonal snow survey in early January of…

Major Habitat Conservation Plan Approved for Tejon Ranch

  A multiple species habitat conservation plan recently approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) allows for development of California’s largest contiguous expanse of private land, Tejon Ranch, while protecting the California condor, golden eagle, and 23 other rare species. Founded in 1843, Tejon Ranch comprises 270,000 acres, largely within Kern County, and…

Eagles and Wind Turbines: What Guidelines Mean for Wind Energy Projects

  In response to increasing wind energy development in the United States, particularly California and its bordering states, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has been releasing for public comment various guidelines on how to assess and mitigate potential adverse effects of wind turbines on wildlife resources. Particular emphasis has been placed on addressing…

Risk Assessment for Farmland to Wetlands Conversions

  Ecology and ecohydrology issues play key roles in assessing legacy pesticides and residual nutrient effects on mitigation projects converting former farmland to wetlands. The San Diego County Water Authority (SDCWA) has received environmental permits to reclaim 40-acres of former farmland in Tijuana River Valley to establish native wetlands habitat as mitigation for capital improvement…

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