For an aggregate firm’s expansion in south suburban Chicago, AES has directed the development of a Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) for the Hine’s Emerald Dragonfly (HED), a federally-listed endangered species, and four other listed species.
AES has led the decade-long design, testing, and demonstration of vegetation, hydrology, and critical habitat restoration practices to contribute to the protection, habitat mitigation and recovery of the endangered dragonfly which requires habitat with very narrow scientific parameters.
AES is collaborating with other researchers and contractor partners to develop HCP plans necessary to restore and protect important wetlands and natural areas of this globally rare dolomite prairie habitat.
Working with the USFWS, IDNR, Army Corps and others, AES has designed and begun implementation of the habitat conservation efforts on the aggregate mining buffer parcels and partnering landowner properties.
AES completed wetland and vegetation studies on several parcels totaling 600 acres and conducted surface and shallow groundwater studies on parcels with critical recharge areas, totaling more than 500 acres.
As part of the restoration planning, AES designed and implemented a test plot study to demonstrate restoration techniques to be used in the mitigation.
- Habitat Conservation Plan
- Ecological Planning + Design
- Habitat Mapping + Assessment
- Wetland Mitigation
- Vegetation Studies
- Agency Coordination
Habitat Conservation Plan | Hine’s Emerald Dragonfly
Will County, Illinois