US Fish and Wildlife Service
The WEST team has over two decades of experience on varying projects for the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), in addition to many projects for private clients that involve regular interaction with the agency. WEST personnel have a strong working knowledge of various listed species and are familiar with techniques necessary to study rare and uncommon wildlife and plants. The US Fish and Wildlife Service has trained WEST personnel in Section 7 consultation, Habitat Conservation Planning, and survey protocols. Our staff understand the important issues and have experience navigating the necessary processes to ensure successful projects.
- Threatened and Endangered Species Studies, Surveys, Clearances and Habitat Evaluations
- Habitat Conservation Plans
- Biological Assessments
- Candidate Conservation Agreements
- Avoidance, Minimization, and Mitigation Strategies
- Population Monitoring and Management Plans
- Siting Assessments and Construction Monitoring
- General and Advanced Statistical Analysis
- NEPA Studies and Permitting
- Studies for Detecting Rare Events
WEST has a unique understanding of the USFWS Land-based Wind Energy Guidelines, as well as the methods and metrics suggested by the USFWS Guidelines. Dr. Dale Strickland,WEST co-founder, served as a scientific technical advisor on the Federal Advisory Committee that provided recommendations to the USFWS that served as a foundation for the Guidelines. Dr. Strickland was also lead author of the Comprehensive Guide to Studying Wind Energy/Wildlife Interactions (Strickland et al. 2011), which the Guidelines reference repeatedly for details on recommended methods and metrics. Additionally, WEST staff conducted technical reviews of the draft Guidelines since their initial release, are knowledgeable of the changes in the Guidelines, and have frequently communicated with the USFWS to understand their interpretation of the Guidelines.