SELECTED PROJECT EXAMPLES

RIO DE LAS VACAS RIVER RESTORATION PROJECT, SANTA FE NATIONAL  FOREST, NEW MEXICO

Rocky Mountain Ecology managed all NEPA planning and implementation aspects of this comprehensive river restoration project. Key elements included preparation of a biological assessment, environmental assessment, wetland delineation, collection of stream geomorphology data, planting of native woody species, fencing and installation of stream structures to lower stream temperatures and enable native fish to thrive. Work included very close coordination with Chimayo Conservation Corps, the US Forest Service and New Mexico Environmental Department throughout the process.

 

Santo Domingo Elementary/ Middle School Modernization/ Replacement Project, Sandoval County, New Mexico

Rocky Mountain Ecology worked with the Bernalillo Public School System and Bureau of Indian Affairs on preparation of a complex Environmental Assessment for a 15-millon dollar modernization and replacement of the Santo Domingo Elementary/ Middle School. RME led preparation of the biological and cultural resource surveys for the project.

 

MIDDLE RIO GRANDE BOSQUE RIPARIAN RESTORATION 

Rocky Mountain Ecology worked with Forest Fitness, LLC and the NM State Land Office (in collaboration with the Bureau of Reclamation) on the planting and non-native vegetation removal components of a comprehensive riparian restoration effort in the Middle Rio Grande. The work involved planting over 7,000 cottonwoods, willows and native shrubs.

 

SOCORRO, nEW meXICO wASTEWATER SYSTEM eXPANSION - 6 mILES

Rocky Mountain Ecology worked with Dennis Engineering Company and the City of Socorro for preparation of an Environmental Information Document (EID) to clear approximately 6 miles for future wastewater system improvements. The project was coordinated through the New Mexico Environment Department Construction Programs Bureau.

 

US FOREST SERVICE COLLABORATIVE FOREST RESTORATION PROGRAM (CFRP) PROJECT: MULTI-AGENCY, RESTORATION PLANNING NEAR THE COMMUNITY OF LA MADERA, SANDIA MOUNTAINS, NEW MEXICO, 17,000 ac

Rocky Mountain Ecology is collaborating with Forest Fitness, LLC and the US Forest Service Sandia Ranger Distrcit on extensive resource surveys across a 17,000-ac planning area. Work includes Common Stand Exams (CSE), Mexican Spotted Owl and Northern Goshawk surveys, and preparation of a Biological Assessment.

 

US FOREST SERVICE COLLABORATIVE FOREST RESTORATION PROGRAM (CFRP) PROJECT: MULTI-JURISDICTIONAL, FIRE FOCUSED PLANNING WITHIN THE LUERA-PELONA LANDSCAPE, SOUTHWEST NEW MEXICO, 60,000 aC

Rocky Mountain Ecology is collaborating with Forest Fitness, LLC, Bureau of Land Management Socorro Field Office and the NM State Land Office on hundreds of resource surveys across a 60,000-ac planning area in the Luera Mountain area, west of Socorro, New Mexico. Work includes Common Stand Exams (CSE), Mexican Spotted Owl and Northern Goshawk surveys, and preparation of a Biological Assessment.

 

Sandoval County Communications Tower and Shelter

Rocky Mountain Ecology worked closely with the Village of Corrales, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Sandoval County Fire Department in preparation of an Environmental Assessment, biological, and cultural surveys for construction of a critical communications tower. The recently constructed tower will enhance interoperability and coverage for all agencies in the area.

 

WETLAND DELINEATIONS, ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW DOCUMENT (ER) - VILLAGE OF ANGEL FIRE, NM, SEWER AND WATER LINE PROJECT 

Rocky Mountain Ecology worked with Dennis Engineering Company to prepare an ER to meet US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development requirements for funding to extend utility lines. In addition, wetland delineations were conducted for the ACOE, and submitted to the ACOE Albuquerque Regulatory Branch to guide the 404 permit process.

 

Monticello Canyon Roadway and Bridge Reconstruction, Sierra County, New Mexico

Rocky Mountain Ecology worked closely with Mountain State Constructors and the NM Department of Transportation to conduct resource surveys and prepare a Biological Evaluation for a 360-Acre tract of land in support of a materials pit for reconstruction of U.S. Interstate 25 in Sierra County. Moreover, RME conducted a rare plant survey across the tract, prior to site disturbance.

 

ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT (EA) - NAVAJO NATION, AZ, SCHOOL CAMPUS PROJECT

A 200-acre area was surveyed for a Housing and Urban Development (HUD) project in the Village of Red Mesa, Arizona. A biological survey, cultural resource survey, maps and extensive agency consultation were conducted with over fifteen interested parties.  

 

BIOLOGICAL ASSESSMENT (BA) - MESCALERO APACHE RESERVATION, NM, ROAD PAVEMENT PROJECT

A survey for threatened and endangered species habitat were conducted. Mitigation measures for impacts to sensitive species and avoidance measures were developed for the Mexican spotted owl. Consultation was made with the Mescalero Apache and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

 

EA AND CE - BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT (BLM) AND NM DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION, NM, HIGHWAY 62/180 RECONSTRUCTION PROJECT

A biological survey, cultural resource survey, and migratory bird survey were conducted to meet BLM requirements for a Highway 62/180 reconstruction project. In addition, a biological survey report and categorical exclusion checklist were prepared to meet the NM Department of Transportation requirements for funding. Consultation was made with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and NM Department of Game and Fish.

 

NATIVE PLANT SURVEY - ARIZONA STATE LAND DEPARTMENT, AZ, POWER LINE PROJECT

A plant survey was conducted for a power line extension project in eastern AZ and western NM, with Socorro Electric Cooperative as the project proponent. Estimates of species abundance were made to ascertain total disturbance from the proposed construction.