Bald Eagle Juvenile
Eastern Box Turtle
Eastern Hognose Snake
Forest Plot Sampling
Herbaceous Restoration Monitoring
Low Serviceberry Leaf
Oblique-Lined Tiger Beetle
Pink Ladies Slipper
Purple Love Grass Seed
Red-Bellied Tiger Beetle
Resource Restoration Monitoring
Stream Restoration Monitoring
Upland Forest Sampling Point
Vernal Pool Wetland
Wetland Restoration Monitoring
Winter Wetland I&D
Wilson Ecological Consulting has a diverse clientele representing a variety of client types. In some instances, Wilson Ecological Consulting works as a sub-consultant to another firm (architect, engineer, or surveyor) but in many circumstances Wilson Ecological Consulting works directly for the client as the prime contractor. When necessary, Wilson Ecological Consulting will sub-contract specialized services to other consulting firms, such as minor engineering assignments. Some examples of recent projects completed by Wilson Ecological Consulting are summarized below.
Natural Resource Inventory for a Public Park
Wilson Ecological Consulting performed a natural resource inventory of an approximately 50-acre parcel bordering the Delaware River in Sullivan County, New York as part of master plan development for a public park. Specific tasks completed by WEC include background data collection through review of literature and agency data, a wetland and waterway identification and delineation, a vascular plant inventory, a wildlife inventory, and a habitat assessment. The study documented eight palustrine wetlands, 183 vascular plant species, 71 vertebrate wildlife species, and a few unique habitats associated with the property. The low number of botanical species was found to be largely due to the dominance of invasive species in certain areas of the site. Despite the low plant diversity, the project area was found to be an extremely valuable site for birds, as 54 species were documented, including the bald eagle, state-listed as threatened. A report was created documenting the methods and results of the study and recommendations were provided for long-term management to improve wildlife habitat while at the same time accompanying human use activities (trails, boating, etc.).
Forest Management Plan for a Private Landowner
Wilson Ecological Consulting prepared a forest management plan following USDA NRCS CAP 106 guidelines for a private landowner on a 20-acre parcel in Centre County, Pennsylvania. The landowner was not enrolled in the USDA NRCS EQIP program but they asked that a plan following those guidelines be prepared. The prepared plan included sections discussing the geology, soils, cultural, and special concern species associated with and near the project site. Forest stand data was collected and analyzed using SILVAH software so that prescriptions could be made to meet the landowner’s goals. For this project, the landowner had interest in improving habitat for wildlife, promoting natural diversity, and collecting firewood annually. Thus, a plan was prepared that was reviewed and approved by the local service forester that had recommendations for invasive species control, creation of artificial nesting structures, and crop tree management.
Tiger Beetle Surveys and Habitat Improvements
Wilson Ecological Consulting performed surveys on public open-space properties in Centre County, Pennsylvania for habitat suitable to tiger beetles. These studies documented several locations where tiger beetles were found in great numbers and a few of the locations were confirmed to be important habitat for special concern (rare) tiger beetle species. In collaboration with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Partners for Fish and Wildlife biologists, WEC oversaw and monitored improvement efforts in several of the tiger beetle habitats.
Northeastern Bulrush Survey for a Proposed Solar Energy Site
Wilson Ecological Consulting performed surveys for the federally-listed endangered northeastern bulrush on an approximately 1,800-acre project area located on the Allegheny Plateau of central Pennsylvania and containing more than 70 wetland and water resources. The survey determined that 24 of the palustrine resources contained at least marginal habitat for northeastern bulrush and a handful of resources contained habitat that was ideally suited for the species. Species surveys of the 24 habitats with at least marginal habitat for the species confirmed northeastern bulrush in two wetlands. One of the documented northeastern bulrush populations was found to be extremely large, with more than 3,000 flowering culms present during the 2020 growing season. A report was created and shared with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources for review and comment prior to project permitting. Efforts will be made to protect the wetland habitats where northeast bulrush was documented. This project is ongoing.
Wetland Restoration and Corrective Action Plan Creation
Wilson Ecological Consulting was contracted to determine the existing condition of a few wetlands that were previously permitted for temporary disturbance as part of a public transportation project. The assessment determined that the temporarily impacted wetlands were not restored to match their original condition. Thus, the regulating agencies asked that a corrective action plan be created to restore the wetlands to their original condition. A plan was prepared, and approved by the regulating agencies, outlining the steps necessary to re-create the wetland habitat. This is an ongoing project and will include monitoring and reporting of restoration success.