The goal of this project was to complete the tree removal associated with Phase II of the SumTur Crossing residential development and allow for grading of a residential lot and sediment basin. The majority of the tree clearing and site grading were completed outside the nesting season. Since the trees were located in a wetland area, tree clearing couldn’t be completed until a 404 permit was approved. Upon receipt of the approved permit, 14 trees were designated for removal along with 0.1 acres of ground disturbance.
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.
Nebraska Game and Parks
U.S. Fish and Wildlife