Wetland & Ecological Services

Wetland Delineation and Functional Assessment


Mission conducts accurate and defendable jurisdictional wetland delineations and GPS/GIS mapping throughout New England and adjacent New York utilizing applicable local, state, and federal criteria.

  • Completes wetland delineations with challenging and disturbed field conditions (including winter);
  • Has a high success rate with defending wetland boundaries during third-party review scenarios;
  • Meticulously documents field tasks for consistency and transparency throughout the project review phases;
  • Conducts wetland functional assessments in accordance with local, state, and federal guidance;
  • Ensures evaluations form an ecologically-sound basis for impact analysis and practical mitigation proposals; and,
  • Integrates the science with civil engineering and design teams to appropriately apply stormwater and stream crossing design standards.

Wetland Mitigation Planning, Design, and Negotiation


Mission has an excellent track record and success rate with mitigation program development during permitting phases and follow-through for applicants in fulfilling compensatory mitigation requirements outlined in wetland permits. 

  • Provides proper oversight to ensure wetland replication areas intercept the groundwater table and target elevations are captured;
  • Reviews and recommends various mandatory and supplementary mitigation components, such as wildlife habitat and stream bank structural enhancements;
  • Coordinates specifications for planting schedules and helps identify reliable vendors;
  • Provides assistance to land survey outfits with as-built plan survey location of mitigation features; and,
  • Helps position projects for compliance and permit bond reimbursement. 

Local, State, and Federal Permit Support


Mission understands the importance that natural resource issues play in project management decisions, stakeholder vetting, and regulatory review phases that drive project development.

  • Identifies environmental constraints and develops a proactive and efficient path through the regulatory mosaic in cooperation with engineers and designers; 
  • Helps align and navigate the project through the local, state, and federal regulatory processes to keep projects on track to meet milestones;
  • Executes a strategic permitting approach prior to allocating considerable expenditures;
  • Fosters a cooperative and collaborative approach with the regulators and stakeholders; and,
  • Prepares presentation materials and represents clients in public hearings to facilitate the review, comment, and deliberation process.

Rare, Threatened and Endangered Species Surveys and Studies


Mission has cultivated an excellent professional relationship amongst the regulatory agencies in the New England and New York region, which ensures timely and effective response to potential project issues. 

  • Develops approved wildlife (herpetofauna, selected birds) and plant survey protocols;
  • Obtains the required scientific collection permits through agency biologists;  
  • Maintains state-of-the-art radio-telemetry wildlife tracking equipment;
  • Prepares Massachusetts Endangered Species Act (MESA) checklists;
  • Spearheads agency consultations and provides correspondence during early conceptual project phases; and,
  • Improves permit streamlining for proponents on large, complex projects with agency review teams.

Vernal Pool Surveys, Inventories, Replication, and Restoration Plans


Mission conducts vernal pool evaluations in accordance with the local, state, and federal guidelines for biological and physical criteria for evaluation of vernal pool habitat.

  • Utilizes dry pool methods in vernal pools outside of the breeding season, where appropriate and applicable, for conceptual planning purposes;
  • Prepares vernal pool sampling, evaluation, and monitoring protocols; and, 
  • Develops vernal pool replication and restoration plans that include provisions for coarse woody debris, attachment sites, and appropriate vernal pool hydrology.

Natural Resource Inventories and Vegetation Community and Cover-type Mapping.


Mission will consult with local commissions and boards, as well as state and federal agencies to implement protocols for natural resource inventories for residential, commercial, and industrial developments, utility ROW corridors, and regional conservation districts.

  • Works with regional land trusts and municipalities on stewardship plans, as well as with Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in support of conservation baseline documentation reports for land transactions;  
  • Provides extremely accurate tree and other woody vegetation surveys, in any season, to support Riverfront and Protected Shoreland evaluations;
  • Commissions forest management plans and prescribes timber harvesting approaches for land management entities, and current, or prospective landowners; and,
  • Prepares desktop or detailed natural resource inventories that include local geology, soil, water, wetland, vegetation, wildlife habitat, rare species, fisheries, and recreational resources. 

Aquatic Resource Sampling and Inventories


Mission conducts stream and small waterbody (including vernal pools) evaluations, bio-assessments, and routine monitoring activities associated with mandatory permit conditions. 

  • Conducts as baseline documentation reporting for Conservation Easement purposes;
  • Documents pre-construction conditions as a baseline for implementing a monitoring regime to track any potential adverse effects for large groundwater withdrawals; and,
  • Installs piezometers, staff gauges, collects limnological data, and conducts inventory floral and faunal community inventories to assess potential impacts to food chain dynamics. 

Hydric Soil Evaluation for Re-Development/Disturbed Sites


Mission is aware that a substantial portion of the New England region is experiencing progressive growth, development, and re-development in suburban and urban areas which have been historically subject to significant alterations.

  • Conducts natural resource evaluations in the context of feasibility studies, due diligence, and assists in documenting pre-existing soil conditions;
  • Assists teams in simulating natural conditions on parcels proposed for re-development;
  • Investigates the vegetation and hydric soil limits and extent/magnitude of disturbance on land parcels in the altered landscape; and,
  • Utilizes desktop resources, applicable criteria, and incorporates a forensic approach to evaluate past and current landscape trends.

Wildlife Habitat Evaluations and Studies


Mission will identify and evaluate the wildlife habitat value of small and large tracts of land and develop a path for negotiating mitigation requirements for a wide variety of projects.

  • Conducts evaluations under the MWPR in the context of proposals for work in and around Bordering Vegetated Wetlands, their buffers, and the Riverfront Area;
  • Conducts evaluations of activities proposed in State-regulated Prime Wetlands buffer zones throughout New Hampshire;
  • Assesses development or other alterations to support Dredge and Fill permit applications under Chapter 482-A; and,
  • Proactively identifies and scopes out natural resource-relevant tasks to ensure appropriate documentation and disclosure. 

Impact Assessment and Violation Resolution


Mission incorporates all evidence into identifying the reasonable genesis of impacts or adverse effects in a potential violation scenario. 

  • Serves as a mediator between the interested party and the regulatory bodies;
  • Oversees and monitors progress to position contractors and clients for violation resolution;
  • Interfaces with the regulators on behalf of clients to develop a strategic and efficient approach to align the incident or project in the direction of compliance;
  • Assists in improving probability for lifting of Enforcement Orders or Letters of Deficiency and Notices of Non-Compliance; and, 
  • Assists clients in keeping projects on track while potentially avoiding the levying of expensive fines and/or project delays.

Reporting and Compliance Monitoring


Mission provides services for construction monitoring regimes and protocols that align projects with local, state, and federal permit requirements.

  • Supports National Pollutant Discharge Elimination (NPDES) Construction General Permit (CGP) construction monitoring;
  • Provides construction monitoring services for local and state wetland permit conditions and commitments; and,
  • Assists clients and projects with recommendations for fulfilling post-construction site and compensatory mitigation monitoring programs.

Volunteer Activities and Public Outreach


Mission actively volunteers within the industry and the community.

  • Co-instructs the annual Winter Botany/Dendrology and the Introduction to Wetland Delineation workshops for members of the public sector, private sector, and industry colleagues associated with the Hampshire Association of Natural Resource Scientists;
  • Is an engaged and active volunteer, along with his wife Jeanni, with the Parent Teacher Organization of New Franklin School in Portsmouth, NH, which their daughter Marina attends; and,
  • Guides Marina's young classmates on field trips through the local natural resources, encouraging them to embrace their imagination and remain connected to the outside natural surroundings.