Wetlands and Wildlife
CES delineates wetland boundaries and conducts listed and endangered wildlife surveys, typically in support of environmental permits issue by Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), United States Army Corp of Engineers (USACOE), and the Water Management Districts. CES also prepares wetland mitigation plans, designs and builds wetlands, performs environmental monitoring and invasive species eradication, and relocates gopher tortoises. Studies we have completed include the following.
Proposed Destiny Town Site Wetland and Wildlife Surveys
Yeehaw Junction, Florida
Conducted wetland delineation and specific listed species surveys on 41,000 acres of land proposed for site of a new city. Wetland delineation included the collection of data for submittal of formal determination and jurisdictional determination applications with St. Johns River Water Management District and US Army Corps of Engineers, Flagged all jurisdictional wetlands, classified communities in accordance with the Florida Land Use Forms and Cover Classification System, recorded soil and hydrologic properties, and established seasonal high water elevations. Reviewed available GIS data to determine potential habitat and conducted on-site surveys to document the presence and location of each species (including gopher tortoise, Florida Sandhill crane, Florida scrub jay, Southeastern American kestrel, red-cockaded woodpecker, American bald eagle, and various wading birds) and to determine their occupied habitat. Methods included the use of callback tapes, global positioning units, and aerial surveys using fixed wing aircraft. Species-specific reports and habitat maps were generated for clients use in developing initial site plans.
County Airport Gopher Permitting and Relocation
Conducted gopher tortoise and incident species surveys at multiple location on airport property slated for development or impact. Relocated gophers to either offsite conservation areas or to protected areas onsite, as directed by the airport authority. Relocations typically required the construction of pens to accommodate soft releases, followed by routine
Majestic Oaks Subdivision Wetland Delineation
Delineated and flagged wetland boundaries on 200 acre development site using Florida Unified Wetland Delineation Methodology and the US Army Corps of Engineers Wetlands Delineation Manual. Wetlands ranged from forested to herbaceous to open water. Each flag was geo-referenced using a Trimble Global Positioning System with sub-meter capability. Data were processed and overlain on a color IR photo. Wetland lines were verified in the field with SEFWMD and US Army Corps scientists. Project was designed to avoid wetland impacts.