Biotic Resource Assessments and
Impact Analysis

Biotic resource assessments are conducted to determine if special status species or habitats are present on a project site and if resource agency permits are required for a proposed project. Biotic resource assessments include a reconnaissance-level site investigation of a particular project site in order to identify existing habitats and biotic resources on the project site and to determine the potential for special status wildlife and plant species to occur on the project site.  A background data search is conducted prior to the site investigation to determine the potential for special status species in the vicinity of the project site. These data are obtained from the Inventory of Rare and Endangered Vascular Plants of California (California Native Plant Society, 2001), the California Department of Fish and Game Natural Diversity Data Base, and lists from the California Department of Fish and Game and the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service. A report is prepared including the results of the findings of the background data search and field investigation, recommended mitigation measures, and the permits required to implement the project, if any.