White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) and Eastern Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo silvestris) Wildlife Management Plan, 100 plus acres Northampton County, North Carolina. Dramby Environmental Consulting, Inc., (DEC) will propose various timber stand improvement projects and management of early successional habitats that are generally lacking in the southeast. more info...
In response to comments received from the North Carolina Department of Water Quality (NCDWQ), the United States Army Corp of Engineers Wilmington District (USACE), and the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC) regarding a new three-tiered minimum flow requirement for the replacement of Lake Townsend Dam, the City of Greensboro contracted with Brown and Caldwell and Dramby Environmental Consulting, Inc., (DEC) to perform field studies and agency coordination.
DEC wetland ecologist performed field studies including functional assessment of wetland communities, stream physical habitat assessments, and provided a detailed sampling analysis of the macroinvertebrate communities that assisted in the preparation of a stream quality assessment report. DEC met with the federal and state regulatory agencies to review permit conditions for the three-tiered release schedule for the Lake Townsend Dam and the requirements for the instream flow needs study based on the Instream Flow Incremental Methodology (IFIM); and assisted with developing a Final Plan of Study for the IFIM procedures for Reedy Fork Creek. Agency coordination and negotiations are ongoing.
DEC is working with a private landowner providing technical assistance to improve quality white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) and Eastern Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo silvestris) habitat in Northampton County, North Carolina. DEC is incorporating an assortment of habitat management techniques and various timber stand improvement projects including prescribed fire, creation of field borders/soft edges, Crop Tree Release (CTR), and many others. Additionally, DEC wildlife biologists propose to convert a percentage of existing cropland to early successional habitat, which is generally lacking in the southeast and provides essential brood rearing habitat. This will be accomplished through planting a mixture of native warm season grasses and forbs in combination with a prescribed fire application every 1 to 3 years. A wildlife management plan along with a timeline of events will be provided to the client.
DEC was responsible for delineating the boundaries of jurisdictional waters of the United States (WOUS), including wetlands, and obtaining a preliminary Jurisdictional Determination from the United States Army Corp of Engineers (USACE) Louisville District office. All necessary data was collected in the field and processed in the office, which included 1987 USACE Wetland Data Sheets, Kentucky Division of Water's Methodology for Assessing Biological Integrity of Surface Waters, using the Mississippi Valley Interior River Bioregion, USACE Waters Upload Sheets, and Approved and Preliminary Jurisdictional Determination forms.
DEC was responsible for delineating the boundaries of jurisdictional WOUS, including wetlands, and obtaining confirmation of jurisdictional resources from the USACE Norfolk District. Additionally, DEC worked with the USACE and Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (VA DEQ). to obtain necessary permits for the private landowner to develop the land.
DEC was scoped with identifying potential opportunities for stream and/or wetland mitigation on several land parcels within Wake County, North Carolina. DEC provided a detailed letter of findings and mapping to the client that described current site conditions including: topography, vegetative cover, soils, hydrology, wildlife presence, and potential WOUS, including wetlands.