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Biology

QK is a leader in providing biological services within the San Joaquin Valley. Many of our biologists have current State and federal permits and other approvals that provide us with the ability to capture, handle, and relocate listed species and species of special concern, and some of our biologists are considered by many to be the “local experts”. Our biologists are active in the professional community and are often called upon by agencies and peer groups to provide training to other professional biologists. Our decades of experience in providing biological services, our balanced approach to projects, and our use of cutting-edge technologies combine to make us the most helpful client-oriented firm within our region.

QK helps clients with a full range of ecological and biological services to support preparation of CEQA and NEPA documents including:

  • Environmental Impact Reports (EIR)
  • Initial Studies/Mitigated Negative Declarations
  • Categorical Exemptions
  • Environmental Assessments (EA)
  • Categorical Exclusions
  • Findings of No Significant Impacts (FONSI)

QK helps clients by providing a full range of ecological and biological services including but not limited to:

  • Delineations of State and federal wetlands and other waters
  • Analyses of wetlands functions and values
  • Biological constraints analyses and reconnaissance-level biological surveys
  • Protocol level special-status species surveys
    • Rare and sensitive plant surveys
    • Vegetation community mapping and sensitive natural community mapping
    • Riparian tree identification and mapping
    • Oak tree identification and mapping
    • Branchiopods (fairy shrimp) surveys
    • Valley elderberry longhorn beetle surveys
    • California tiger salamander surveys
    • Red-legged frog surveys
    • Blunt-nosed leopard lizard surveys
    • Desert tortoise surveys
    • Western pond turtle surveys
    • San Joaquin kit fox surveys
    • Giant kangaroo rat surveys and trapping
    • San Joaquin kangaroo rat surveys and trapping
    • San Joaquin antelope squirrel surveys and trapping
    • Mohave ground squirrel surveys and trapping
    • Buena Vista Lake shrew surveys and trapping
    • Swainson’s hawk surveys
    • Western burrowing owl surveys
    • Riparian birds (yellow-billed cuckoo, Least Bell’s vireo) surveys
    • Eagle surveys, other raptor surveys, and migratory bird surveys
  • Acoustical and visual bat identifications and bat exclusions
  • Stream characterizations and fisheries resource surveys
  • Analyses of project impacts, adverse effects, and development of avoidance and minimization measures
  • Preparation of avoidance plans, mitigation plans, relocation plans, resource management plans, and restoration plans
  • Revegetation planning and monitoring
  • Pre-construction surveys and construction monitoring and reporting services

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Environmental Permitting

We help our clients by providing full technical analysis and complete project support for local, State, and federal biological resource permitting:

  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Section 404 and 404(1)(b) permits
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
    • Section 7 Consultations, Endangered Species Act
    • Section 10(a)(1)(B) Habitat Conservation Plans, Endangered Species Act
    • Migratory Bird Treaty Act compliance
  • U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management Biological Evaluations (BEs)
  • Regional Water Quality Control Board
    • Section 401 permits, Clean Water Act
    • Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPPs)
    • National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits
  • California Department of Fish and Wildlife
    • Section 1602, Lake and Streambed Alteration Agreement applications
    • Section 2081, Incidental Take Permit Applications
    • Section 2080.1 Consistency Determination
  • California Department of Transportation encroachment permits
  • Local government permit compliance
    • Preparation of Mitigation monitoring and reporting plans
    • Implementation of compliance and reporting programs
    • Applications for local project permits