Biological Resources

Protecting the natural resources of an environment is an important aspect for any project, whether the project requires going through the comprehensive CEQA or NEPA environmental review process, or involves only regulatory permitting support. Chambers Group provides biological resources services for projects in urban and rural environments, including land development, wetlands, rivers, streambeds, flood plains, reservoirs, parks, landfills, deserts, and forests.
 
Chambers Group’s diverse staff of wildlife biologists, plant ecologists, and aquatic and wetlands professionals is involved in a broad spectrum of projects ranging from utility transmission line surveys to mitigation bank maintenance. Staff members have experience in conducting major field surveys requiring large teams of personnel for remote areas such as deserts or forests and in preparing natural resources and habitat management plans, wetlands delineations and marsh restoration, and enhancement for both coastal and inland wetlands. Studies are conducted using progressive techniques in data collection and analysis in compliance with state and federal regulations.

Chambers Group’s skilled team of biological resources specialists regularly provide biological technical reports in support of EIR/EIS documents in compliance with CEQA/NEPA. Complex agency regulations and guidelines must be adhered to in order to ensure important natural resources are considered in the environmental review process. These activities require a delicate mix of scientific knowledge; sensitivity to cultural values; and expertise with local, state, and federal regulations.

Chambers Group provides coordination with regulatory agencies and assists in a full range of consultation services under the federal and state Endangered Species Acts. Our professionals hold specific U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, California Fish and Wildlife, and Scientific Collector’s permits to work with wildlife and botanical endangered species.

Biological Monitoring
Environmental awareness training
Impact analyses and mitigation planning
Mitigation monitoring and reporting programs
Mitigation monitoring during construction
Permit compliance

Biological Surveys and Habitat Assessment
Biological Assessment in compliance with the federal Endangered Species Act (Section 7) consultation process
Biological Opinion
Determination of Biologically Equivalent or Superior Preservation Report (DBESP)
Habitat and vegetation inventory, assessment, and mapping
Habitat Conservation Plans for the (Section 10) consultation process
Natural Resource Conservation Plans
Presence/absence of sensitive plant and wildlife species
Threatened and endangered species

Jurisdictional Delineation
Mitigation Measures/Mitigation Banking
Natural Resources Management Plans
Resource Agency Permitting Services
Restoration and Revegetation

San Diego County, CA

In an effort to improve the reliability, operation, and maintenance of transmission lines that traverse rural areas within four unincorporated communities of San Diego ...

Los Angeles County

Chambers Group has been providing environmental services to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works (LACDPW) under an on-call contract since 1993. Chambers ...

Chambers Group's professionalism, reliability and dedication to the task was the key to successful achievement of our goal.

Anthony P. Venturato
Project Manager
STV, Inc.

Your firm responded to the challenge and provided work products that were thoroughly researched, technically competent, and prepared. Everyone in your organization should take pride in having delivered exceptional results.

Peter Hersh
Assistant to City Manager
City of Irvine

You have consistently demonstrated your understanding of both the resource and the regulatory framework governing federal undertakings. This is much appreciated.

Gregory Haverstock
Bishop District
Bureau of Land Management

Chambers Group should be aware and proud of its abilities; you have found the best people I have worked with in this business.

Art Holland
Sr. Construction Manager
San Diego Gas & Electric