US Fish & Wildlife Service
The WEST team has more than two decades of experience on a wide array of projects specifically for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), in addition to handling many projects for private clients that involve regular interaction with the agency.
WEST personnel have a strong working knowledge of the various listed species and are familiar with the most up-to-date techniques and equipment for studying rare and uncommon wildlife and plants. WEST personnel are USFWS-trained in Section 7 consultation, Habitat Conservation Planning, and survey protocols so we can navigate the required processes and ensure successful projects for our clients.
- 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
- National Environmental Policy Act Studies and Permitting
- Studies for Detecting Rare Events
WEST co-founder Dr. Dale Strickland served as a scientific technical advisor on the federal advisory committee providing the recommendations that became the USFWS Land-based Wind Energy Guidelines, so WEST has a unique understanding of the Guidelines, as well as the methods and metrics suggested by them. 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. WEST staff have conducted technical reviews of the draft Guidelines since their initial release, are knowledgeable of the changes to the Guidelines, and keep in frequent communication with the USFWS to understand their interpretation of them.