To assist in mining operations planning, AES and partners performed a baseline botanical survey on 3,200 acres of native rangeland administered by the BLM on the east flank of the Singatse Range in Mason Valley, Nevada. The survey was used in preparation of an Environmental Assessment for exploration drilling at the site under NEPA.
AES conducted extensive field work and surveys of to ascertain the presence and probability of presence of special status and T&E species, based on the appropriateness of habitat and ecological settings. AES also monitored for noxious and invasive species.
The project area consists of steep slopes, rolling hills, rock slides, washes, bed rock flats and ridge tops and scree covered slopes. Upland vegetation in the Northern Basin and Range eco-region is generally dominated by saltbush-greasewood associations (Atriplex-Sarcobatus).
AES reviewed and verified Ecological Site Inventory and NRCS soils information data, as well as Nevada Natural Heritage Program and Nevada Division of Wildlife data. A GPS log was maintained during the field survey work to assure proper coverage and documentation of field findings.
- Baseline Ecological Monitoring
- NEPA Environmental Assessment
- Natural Resource Inventory
- Data Collection + Research
Nevada Rangeland Investigation |
Mine Operations Planning
Lyon County, Nevada