Viola sororia "Freckles"
Vernal Pool Wetland
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, such as minor engineering assignments, to other consulting firms. Some examples of recent projects completed by Wilson Ecological Consulting are summarized below.
P3 Bridge Project
Over the past few years Wilson Ecological Consulting (WEC) has provided natural resource services support for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s P3 Rapid Bridge Replacement Project. WEC has worked on more than 100 different P3 bridge project sites across Pennsylvania. Primary responsibilities include wetland identification and delineation plus rare, threatened, and endangered species conflict screening of additional work areas prior to construction at the sites. WEC also provides supplemental natural resource support during the construction phase of projects that have requirements for rare, threatened, or endangered species habitat protection. Specifically, WEC oversees the installation of protective fencing around sensitive habitats and documents that habitats have been protected as approved through permit documents. In addition, WEC monitors and reports on stream and wetland mitigation and restoration sites associated with many of the project sites.
Oil & Gas Well Pad and Pipeline Projects
Wilson Ecological Consulting (WEC) routinely provides natural resource services support for many different oil and gas companies, both directly and as a sub-consultant to engineering and/or surveying consultants. WEC has worked throughout the Marcellus Shale Region of Pennsylvania on these types of projects. Routine services include wetland and waterway identification and delineation, protected species surveys, and permitting. In some instances, WEC has performed unique services like macroinvertebrate studies, wetland restoration monitoring, water management plan preparation, pollinator habitat enhancements, and erosion control monitoring for well pad and pipeline projects as related to ongoing forest management practices.
Private Landowner New Home Site
Wilson Ecological Consulting (WEC) is often asked to assist private landowners with projects that require permits or resource agency approvals. Recently, WEC assisted a landowner in central Pennsylvania who had plans to construct a new home site that was located on a hillslope above a wild trout stream. The municipal water and sewer tap sites for the new home were on the opposite side of the wild trout stream such that tying into them required the homeowner install service lines across the stream and floodway. WEC delineated the stream’s ordinary high-water mark and several exceptional value palustrine wetlands in the floodway of the stream and then proposed a route for the service lines that avoided all wetland impacts. Once the homeowner and home builder approved the proposed route, WEC prepared an erosion and sedimentation control plan and acquired the necessary state and federal permits for the stream crossing so that the home could be constructed and connected to the public water and sewer as planned.
Public Open-Space Conservation Studies
Wilson Ecological Consulting (WEC) helps some clients manage lands for conservation purposes. One such client owns and operates an approximately 450-acre public open-space parcel in central Pennsylvania. WEC has been working at this site for nearly a decade and has performed dozens of different ecological studies, including: wetland identification & delineation; wildlife inventories (amphibian, avian, mammal, and reptile); pollinator surveys and habitat assessments; rare species habitat improvements, and studies evaluating site management practices. Recently, WEC completed an invasive species assessment of the site that evaluated the relationship between the distribution of invasive species across the site as related to ongoing forest management practices.