Botanical Surveys
Survey and Manage Fungi Surveys
Native Seed Collection
Ecological Monitoring
GIS/ Mapping Services
Plant Community and Habitat Mapping
NEPA support, Environmental Impact Statements (EIS)
Biological Survey Design and Project Management
Ecological Restoration Design and Planning
Land Management Plans
Owls, Marbled Murrelet, Red Tree Vole Surveys, and Wildlife Studies
Forest Canopy Surveys and Research


Siskiyou BioSurvey provides the following services to our clients. Click here to see a list of clients.

 

 

Botanical Surveys
Siskiyou BioSurvey LLC members have been conducting botanical surveys in the Pacific Northwest and Northern California since 1988 and have a thorough understanding of the ecological and taxonomic complexities of the region. As of early 2014, SBS members have documented over 5,500 vascular and non-vascular Sensitive and Special Status Plant sites on Bureau of Land Management and National Forest lands in Alaska, Oregon, Washington, California, and Colorado. We are intimately familiar with all of the plants on the state and federal Threatened and Endangered lists, the USFS Regions 5 and 6 Sensitive and Strategic Plant lists, and many others on the states' Natural Heritage lists. SBS includes four members certified by the Northwest Lichenologists for expertise in macrolichens west of the Cascade Mountains. Our climbing team also conducts surveys for lichens in the forest canopy. Our annual workload ranges between 30,000 and 40,000 acres of plant surveys per year. We author hundreds of survey reports, species inventories, rare plant site reports, and Biological Assessments annually.

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Survey and Manage Fungi Surveys
SBS conducts Survey and Manage fungi surveys for federal agencies in the Pacific Northwest. SBS staff members are proficient with fungal survey protocol including proper field identification and documentation as well as proper vouchering of specimens. Rare fungal taxa are not always able to be field identified so SBS often teams with relevant mycological experts to confidently identify rare taxa in the laboratory. SBS's experience with fungi surveys goes back to 1999 when the Survey and Manage program was first implemented. Since 2010, when fungi surveys resumed, SBS has reported more than 1,600 observations of listed species including more than 65 Survey and Manage, Sensitive, and Strategic fungi species.

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Native Seed Collection
SBS staff bring decades of experience providing locally collected seed of a wide variety of native grasses, forbs, trees, and shrubs to government agencies and private companies. SBS personnel have proven skills in effective seed collecting from identifying and mapping collectable populations in specific zones, monitoring seed development, and finding the right approach for collecting each species using ethical methods. Clients have included BLM Districts and National Forests in Oregon, Washington, and California, the Oregon Department of Transportation, and the University of Oregon, and private clients.

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Ecological Monitoring
SBS has provided monitoring services using a variety of ecological sampling methods in many different habitats. Projects have included: monitoring of plant diversity, frequency, and relative abundance on range allotments in the Cascade and Siskiyou Mountains; demographic monitoring of endangered plant species; establishing Current Vegetation Survey (CVS) Plots; monitoring of Darlingtonia fens in Siskiyou Mountains following the Biscuit Fire; monitoring wetland mitigation and other ecological restoration sites, and monitoring changes in forest characteristics and fuels loading before and after fuels reduction treatments with Firemon plots. Clients include Medford District BLM, Rogue-Siskiyou National Forest, Jackson and Josephine Counties.

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GIS/ Mapping Services
SBS uses GIS to support many of its projects. GIS is a helpful tool for planning and logistics, organizing existing data, tying new data to specific locations, preparing maps for field surveys and reports, and preparing well-designed GIS data sets, and report quality maps. SBS staff used GIS to design sampling locations and protocols for endangered flora and fauna along a 230-mile proposed utility corridor. LIDAR layers were used to determine potential Marbled Murrulet habitat requiring surveying within its range. GIS was also integral in the delineation of hydrological zones and mapping of planting polygons for a restoration design project along the Lower Snake River. We typically provide GIS products of mapped plant associations, special habitats, and populations of rare plants and noxious weeds.

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Plant Community and Habitat Mapping
SBS personnel have mapped plant communities and habitat types for various clients from California to Washington for more than two decades. This includes plant association mapping, delineation of riparian areas and wetlands, mapping special habitats, and Ecological Unit Inventories. SBS's mapping services help our clients understand the diversity present within an area, locate priority habitats, and use that information to plan management approaches. Deliverables are typically in the form of GIS shapefiles and high quality maps at various scales and published sizes.

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NEPA support, Environmental Impact Statements (EIS)
SBS provides support to clients in need of environmental planning, including habitat evaluations, coordinating with state and federal agencies, and producing EIS documents. As the lead consulting biologists for a 230-mile proposed utility corridor, SBS coordinated with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and multiple federal and state agencies concerning several state and federally listed plant and wildlife species. SBS was the lead Botany and Noxious Weed author of an EIS for a 60,000 acre project for the Klamath National Forest.

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Biological Survey Design and Project Management
Some projects require surveys and investigations for a wide variety of flora, fauna, and other natural resources. SBS has proven experience designing and implementing strategies for conducting a wide variety of ecological work in remote, logistically challenging settings. SBS designed and executed biological survey and sampling methods for numerous listed species and groups of organisms along a 230-mile utility corridor over a multi-year period. We manage a variety of biological crews including botanists, wildlife biologists, and wetlands scientists to cover the full range natural resource investigations required for the project.

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Ecological Restoration Design and Planning
SBS staff provide consultation to developers, land owners, and government agencies to support the restoration and enhancement of degraded habitats. Effective restoration requires a thorough understanding of the ecological and human dynamics at play on a given site. By thoroughly investigating the site, understanding the project and the players, and working with other project partners such as engineers and landscape architects, we design and plan ecological restoration to meet project goals in the short and long term. We also help set clear, measurable goals and design monitoring strategies to measure the success of projects over time.

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Land Management Plans
SBS staff have updated and produced land management plans for two of California Department of Fish and Game's Wildlife Areas in Northern California. Major issues included management of deer browse, control of trespass livestock, noxious weed control, conservation of endangered plant species, enhancement of waterfowl habitat, control of perennial pepperweed, and water use management.

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Owls, Marbled Murrelet, Red Tree Vole Surveys, and other Wildlife Studies
SBS staff members have wildlife survey experience throughout the West Coast in areas designated for analysis as part of the Northwest Forest Plan. Those species included in SBS projects are: Red Tree Voles, Northern Spotted Owls, Northern Goshawks, Great Gray Owls, and other federally-listed species including fairy shrimp, mollusks, and amphibians. SBS has experience designing and implementing protocol surveys, utilizing in-house GIS expertise to identify suitable habitat and coordinate logistics in complex terrain. Our tree climbing capable wildlife team conducted surveys for red tree voles in 43 units of suitable habitat along a 230-mile proposed utility corridor. Clients include both federal land managers and private land owners.

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Forest Canopy Surveys and Research
SBS has a staff of professional arborists with experience conducting canopy research on various projects including wildlife studies and rare plant surveys. Our climbers surveyed over 1800 trees in old growth habitat through western Oregon from 2007 through 2013. SBS is conducting canopy research (2013-2014) within the Smith River RNA documenting rare lichens as well as Red Tree Voles within stands of old growth. Both projects were designed and (are being) implemented to meet stringent biological standards.

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