February 23 2016
Wondering what the Final 4(d) Rule for the federally threatened northern long-eared bat (NLEB) means for your project? Here’s the breakdown:
The NLEB Final 4(d) Rule went in to effect February 16, 2016. See if your project area is within the white-nose syndrome (WNS) zone using the map and spreadsheet; check the USFWS NLEB page for updates and more info. All of VA and most of NC is within the WNS zone. If your project is within the WNS zone and if NLEB appears on your Official Species List, the following process applies to your project, particularly if the project will include tree removal and/or alteration of caves or mines where NLEB hibernates.
- Determine if your project within ¼ mile of a cave or mine where NLEB hibernates (i.e., known hibernaculum) or within 150 feet of known occupied maternity roost trees. Use the VDGIF map for VA projects, coordinate with the NC Natural Heritage Program and the USFWS NC Field Office for NC projects, or corresponding sites for other states.
- No: No further USFWS coordination required for NLEB.
- Yes: If your project intersects one of the NLEB habitat polygons, conclude “May affect” and submit to USFWS for further review.
- If your project is within the NLEB locations identified in your state Conclude “May affect” and submit the project to USFWS for further review
- If your project is outside the identified NLEB locations, Federal projects have the following options:
- Implement a time-of-year restriction for tree clearing during the active season (April 15 – September 15 in VA; April 1 to October 31 in NC) Submit a Self-Certification Letter with “No Effect” determination
- Conduct a survey following USFWS summer survey guidelines. If negative results (NLEB absent): Submit a Self-Certification Letter to USFWS along with survey results with “Not likely to adversely affect (NLAA)” determination.
January 14 2016
EEE Consulting, Inc. is teamed with Allan Meyers and RDA for this exciting project along I-64 near Williamsburg, Virginia. The project entails the expansion of approximately 7 miles of I-64 from western Newport News to eastern Williamsburg. 3e will be providing the full range of environmental services from wetland delineation, permitting, and construction monitoring, T&E assessments and Section 7 of the ESA consultation, to hazardous materials/asbestos services, SPCC plans, and landscape architecture services. 3e’s total fee is approximately $475,000.
January 01 2016
EEE Consulting, Inc. is proud to announce the election of two new members to the Board of Directors. Maria Mutuc and Doug Fraser were elected to join the Board of Directors in November 2015. Maria has been with 3e since 2005, and Doug has been with 3e since 2003. Together they bring a combined total of over 50 years of experience in environmental consulting to our Board of Directors. Their experience and proven leadership has served the company well and 3e looks forward to their service as members of the Board of Directors. Congratulations Maria and Doug!
December 30 2015
In December 2015, Robert Wright achieved the Certified Natural Resource Manager credential from the National Registry of Environmental Professionals in Glenview, IL. This certification coincides with his 30-year anniversary in natural resources management.
December 14 2015
EEE Consulting, Inc. would like to congratulate Zach Kiracofe on passing his GIT Exam! Way to go Zach!