Natural Resources Inventories
We're More Than Just Inventories
Natural Resource Inventories analyze a site’s environmental and cultural resources. When required, forest conservation plans expand upon the inventory to also include the site design and conservation measures. The observations and detailed analysis outlined in both the inventory and conservation plan become the foundation throughout a project’s planning, design, construction and maintenance.
We Take You from the Inventory to Conservation
AMT has successfully completed hundreds of approved Natural Resource Inventories, Forest Stand Delineations and Forest Conservation Plans. With this experience, we are especially familiar with local and state government review processes, exemption requirements, variance requests and coordinating between various interest groups.
We do not simply consider inventories and delineations as a regulatory procedure. Instead, we recognize the design guidance potential inherent to this ecological planning opportunity. We identify opportunities and constraints by considering priority preservation areas, canopy coverage, heat island effect, noise impacts and forest interior dwelling species, among others. Prior to a site visit, AMT pulls any existing data as well as wetland inventories and archaeological records. In the field, AMT employs the latest technologies to assess tree conditions and examine a site’s intrinsic characteristics, including microclimates, views, soils, critical habitats and solar orientation that might be overlooked. Ultimately, the NRI directs the proposed design’s use, accessibility, safety, grading and environmental sensitivity.
The conservation plan complements the inventory by demonstrating the reciprocal relationship between the existing and proposed sites. AMT proposes responsive spatial designs and low impact development best management practices while adopting the “avoid-minimize-mitigate” approach. The plan prescribes site-scale protection measures regarding critical root zones, steep slopes, soils, floodplains and wetlands. However, it also promotes larger landscape objectives such as securing green infrastructure networks and protecting rare, threatened and endangered species habitats. AMT’s Registered Landscape Architects and ISA Certified Arborists recommend tree protection measures such as root pruning, vertical mulching and transplanting operations and also fulfill woodland conservation, reforestation and afforestation requirements.