The overall goal of this project was to construct a building expansion of the existing Northstar Foundation Building. To accomplish this, some minor demolition, pavement removal, and tree clearing were necessary. Twenty-four trees and shrubs were designated for removal, along with approximately five acres of ground disturbance.
To meet the client’s schedule, E&A contacted the demolition contractor at the end of the site visit with a verbal go-ahead, as no active nests were found on site. This gave the contractor the ability to start work while E&A completed the official report. E&A also consulted with the U.S Fish and Wildlife and Nebraska Game and Parks via the Conservation and Environmental Review Tool (CERT) to determine if any species of concern had the potential to be present on site. A photo log, written report, and copy of the CERT report were provided to the client to keep on file.
*Note: An avian nest survey must be conducted or supervised by a qualified biologist. Avian nest surveys must be completed no more than 3 days before the removal of trees, shrubs, or vegetation that may contain an active nest. The MBTA is applicable year-round, but most migratory bird nesting in Nebraska takes place between April and September.