Due to increased traffic flow brought on by development in the surrounding area, Schram Road was slated to be widened and paved. To accomplish this, grading of the existing roadway, right-of-way and tree clearing was necessary. In Phase 1 of the project, which included 114th Street to 124th Street, 36 trees were removed and eight acres of ground were disturbed.
E&A conducted an Avian Nest Survey in compliance with the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) and Nebraska Revised Statute 37-540, which protects migratory birds, their nests, eggs and chicks. An avian nest survey must be conducted or supervised by a qualified biologist. Avian nest surveys must be completed no more than 3 days prior to 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.
To meet the client’s schedule, E&A contacted the grading 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. A photo log and written report were provided to the client to keep on file.
Sarpy County Public Works
Nebraska Game and Parks
U.S. Fish and Wildlife