Vegetation Sampling & Plant Surveys
WEST staff have extensive experience conducting rare plant assessments and surveys for county, state and federal sensitive species, and Endangered Species Act (ESA) listed species. This experience includes evaluating project impacts to rare plant species and communities, and designing and implementing mitigation measures to address such impacts.
WEST staff can provide classification and mapping of vegetation in a variety of community and ecosystem types throughout the western US. This includes detailed descriptions of habitats and identification of component flora. WEST staff experience includes vegetation monitoring in systems ranging from shortgrass and coastal prairies to mixed coniferous forest and coastal salt marsh. This experience includes baseline studies and short- and long-term monitoring studies for projects involving range inventories, grassland restoration, wetland/riparian restoration and mitigation, and soil erosion analysis.