Estsék’ provides wildlife expertise in support of regulatory and permitting requirements. Our wildlife team includes biologists and technicians experienced in developing and implementing wildlife surveys for a wide range of species and groups including terrestrial mammals, birds, invertebrates, amphibians and reptiles.
Estsék’s team is able to identify wildlife species and critical habitats across various ecosystems to assess the potential effects of development projects through Wildlife Inventory and Habitat Capability and Suitability Assessments.
Species inventory and relative abundance survey techniques include:
Ungulate Winter Range assessments
Vegetation & Wetlands
Estsék’s biologists and technical teams are experienced in applying current provincial vegetation classification systems for uplands, wetlands, and freshwater aquatic ecosystems supported through baseline vegetation inventory, ecosystem classification and mapping according to current standards.
Estsék’s specialized terrestrial team has extensive experience in delivering the following services to clients:
Classification and delineation of vegetative communities and wetlands
Listed plants and communities identification
Conducting rare plant and ecological inventories
Evaluation of potential effects on sensitive resources
Terrestrial Ecosystem Mapping (TEM)
Ecological Land Classification
Vegetation Management Audits
Water Resource Management
The overall productivity of an aquatic environment is a function of the quality and quantity of the resource. Recognizing this relationship, Estsék’s water resource assessments include benthic macroinvertebrate population studies, fish and fish habitat assessments, and baseline water quality and quantity assessments for a variety of development projects including hydroelectric, oil and gas, and mining. Team members are familiar with current policies, regulations, and provincial and federal water quality guidelines.
Fish & Fish Habitat
Estsék’ has extensive experience planning, designing, and executing watershed level fish and fish habitat inventories. Our services include:
Population surveys and assessments
Watercourse crossing assessments
Pre and post-construction monitoring
Estsék’ has assessed and coordinated permitting processes, and we have conducted construction monitoring projects, of varying complexity in British Columbia – from routine clear span bridges to multi-kilometre interprovincial pipeline projects. Estsék’ assesses and plans each crossing in light of potential impacts, constraints and mitigation options on-site, and we tailor the design of crossings to each watercourse.
The Estsék’ team has experience delivering:
Water quality baseline studies
Instream Flow Needs (IFN) analysis
construction and environmental monitoring
Environmental Management Plans
Estsék’ has developed Environmental Management Plans (EMPs) and provides on-site environmental representation to document construction milestone achievements, ensure effective implementation of EMPs, and maintain agency liaison. Our environmental monitoring services are carried out following Provincial Best Management Practices and allow projects to move forward in accordance with federal and provincial environmental legislation. We work with clients to provide practical solutions for EMP development and implementation.
Our environmental monitoring services include:
Design and completion of EMPs
On-site monitoring and reporting
Water quality / suspended sediment monitoring
Erosion and sediment control monitoring
Breeding bird and nest surveys
On-site archeology monitoring