Natural Resources

 

Natural Resources Services

The Natural Resource Services Group provides consulting services for commercial and residential developments, as well as public sector agencies. The group includes soil scientists, biologists, ecologists, botanists, and land managers who are skilled in wetland mitigation, biostabilization, delineations, and natural resources. The staff has excellent working relationships with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and other state and federal agencies.


 

SOIL, WETLAND & WATERBODY SERVICES
– Wetland and natural resource delineations and mapping
– Wetland mitigation planning, banking, and monitoring
– National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) monitoring and reporting
– Analysis of soil morphology
– Water quality sampling and testing
– Subdivision testing for individual wastewater systems

PERMITTING, PLANNING & MITIGATION
– 401, 402, and 404 Clean Water Act permit applications
– Stream banking and mitigation
– Stormwater pollution prevention plans

WILDLIFE AND PLANT STUDIES

– Flora and fauna surveys
– Threatened and endangered species surveys
– Threatened and endangered species consultation & mitigation

OTHER SERVICES

– Bioengineering
– Biostabilization analysis and design
– Farmland preservation studies
– Erosion control monitoring

EMERGENCY SERVICES

SCI’s Natural Resource Scientists have in-depth knowledge of regulations and permitting processes that can be vital during an emergency situation. As timing is often critical for emergency response, our relationships with regulatory agencies, combined with the understanding of what is required for a quick, but thorough, submittal can lead to faster approvals. Emergency services include:

– Petroleum, Natural Gas, Sewer and Stormwater Pipelines/Conveyances
− CWA Regulatory Approval and Coordination
– Corrective Action Recommendations
– Emergency Work Permit Acquisition Assistance
– Third Party Oversight and Project Management
– Streambank Stabilization
– Natural Resource Restoration and/or Mitigation Recommendations
− Erosion Control and Bio-remediation Vegetation Recommendations

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Threatened and Endangered Species Services

The Natural Resource Services Group at SCI Engineering provides threatened and endangered (T&E) services for private and public development or construction projects. When a T&E species or its habitat may be impacted by a project, the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) often requires consultation under the Endangered Species Act. Habitat assessment and presence/absence surveys for T&E species are the first steps in the consultation process.

Our group is made up of permitted wildlife and plant biologists with years of experience conducting T&E species surveys in their fields of expertise. The staff have excellent working relationships with both federal and state agencies, including the USFWS, Missouri Department of Conservation, Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

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Bat Surveys and Habitat Assessments

 

 

 

SURVEYS & HABITAT ASSESSMENTS

– Bat Habitat Assessments
– Mist Net Presence / Absence Surveys
– Acoustic Surveys
– Radio-telemetry
– Roost Tree Emergence Surveys
– Cave Surveys

 

CONSULTATION & MITIGATION

– Mitigation Services
– Conservation Plans
– Biological Assessments
– Habitat Enhancement & Restoration

 

SCI biologist measures the wings and body condition of an Indiana bat (Myotis sodalis)

Winter cave surveys can be used  to determine if threatened or endangered species, such as the Indiana bat, occur near project sites.

Biologist tracking an Indiana bat to a roost tree.

 

 


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American Burying Beetle Surveys

Our staff scientists have United States Fish & Wildlife Recovery Permits required to conduct American Burying Beetle (Nicrophorus americanus), or ABB, Habitat Assessments and Presence/ Absence Surveys.

We are certified to conduct surveys throughout the central plains region including:

South Dakota

Oklahoma

Kansas

Nebraska

Texas

Arkansas

 

 

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American burying beetle (Nicrophorus americanus) captured in a trap during a presence/ absence survey.

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SCI biologist checking an above-ground American burying beetle trap.

 


Other T&E Surveys

Our team can conduct surveys on a diverse array of T&E species.  Our biologists have experience and knowledge conducting a multitude of plant, mussel, bird, and insect surveys. Examples include:

Plants:

– Decurrent False Aster
– Running Buffalo Clover

Mussels:
– Spectacle-case Mussel
– Snuffbox Mussel

Birds:
– Southwest Willow Flycatcher

 

 

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-Bat Ecologist-
Vona Kuczynska

Vona joined SCI in 2015 to provide natural resource consulting services, including habitat assessments, mist-net and acoustic surveys for threatened and endangered bats, as well as bird and arthropod surveys. Her expertise includes various types of avian, bat, plant, and arthropod surveys in the midwest, east, and western United States. She earned a Master’s of Science degree in Biology, Ecology, Evolution & Systematics from the University of Missouri St. Louis, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Ecology and Natural Resource Management, Conservation and Applied Ecology from Rutgers University.