NEPA & Permitting

ABR’s senior scientists have extensive training and experience with the NEPA process and related environmental documentation and permitting issues. We had led or participated as Subject Matter Experts in numerous Environmental Impact Statements, Environmental Assessments, and Categorical Exclusions. The vast experience of our scientists is a valuable asset to our clients when conducting data gap analyses or when describing biological resources potentially affected by proposed development activities. Our senior staff also has acquired training and many years of experience identifying potential direct, indirect, and cumulative impacts, developing impact assessment criteria, evaluating impact levels, and developing and evaluating mitigation plans. We also help our clients navigate the permitting process as it relates to biological resource issues. Species of management concern, particularly threatened and endangered species and marine mammals, can delay or stop developments if these issues are not handled properly. ABR has earned the respect of the resource agencies because of our reputation for scientific rigor and unbiased reporting, and this is a tremendous asset to our clients when trying to navigate their permitting process.

 

Our services

Impact Assessment & Mitigation

  • Extensive experience quantifying disturbances and evaluating associated impacts to wildlife and habitats
  • Assessment and monitoring of impacts of industrial development, including oil fields, oil spills, onshore and offshore wind energy, solar energy, communication towers, powerlines, hydropower, lighting, air and road traffic, and noise
  • Broad range of experience designing and evaluating mitigation plans for pipelines, roads, powerlines, communication towers, and wind farms

Environmental Documentation

  • Unrivaled experience conducting baseline studies to fill data gaps
  • Highly respected Subject Matter Experts, particularly for TES
  • Broad familiarity with biological resources, habitats, and ecosystems for accurate descriptions of the potentially affected environment
  • Access to extensive published and unpublished resources needed to conduct data gap analysis for biological resources
  • Broad familiarity with biological resources, habitats, and ecosystems for accurate descriptions of the potentially affected environment
  • Use of spatially explicit data (e.g., from GPS collars) integrated with remote sensing data and habitat maps for describing the affected environment, assessing the geographic extent of anticipated impacts, and for comparing project alternatives
  • Skill and experience working with teams of resource experts and with stakeholders to develop a balanced presentation and assessment of resources and impacts

    Permitting Support

    • Formal and informal Section 7 consultations for threatened and endangered species
    • Familiarity with requirements for the various types of permits needed to comply with the Marine Mammal Protection Act
    • Experience working with all major federal and state resource agencies managing biological resources in Alaska
    • Extensive knowledge and experience with permitting to comply with the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act

    Renewable Energy Development Support

    • Tier I (Site Evaluation) and Tier 2 (site characterization) assessments
    • Avian use surveys
    • Raptor nest surveys
    • Bald and Golden Eagle surveys
    • Bat acoustic monitoring
    • Mist netting and telemetry studies for birds and bats
    • Post-construction fatality monitoring
    • Bird and bat conservation strategies (avian and bat protection plans)
    • Eagle conservation plans
    • Nocturnal radar and visual studies of avian and bat migration and behaviors
    • Threatened, endangered, and sensitive species surveys
    • Radar and visual surveys and risk assessment for endangered seabirds (e.g., Marbled Murrelet, Hawaiian Petrel, and Newell’s Shearwater)
    • Modeling collision risk and population impacts
    • Offshore wildlife impact assessments
    • Geographic Information Systems
    • Landscape modeling, viewshed analysis, and change detection
    • Habitat mapping
    • Independent review and analysis of studies

    ABR's triple bottom line: "Environmental stewardship, social responsibility, and economic viability"