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Ecological Services

Ecological Services

In recent years, legislation and policies affecting land use planning and ecological management have undergone dramatic change. It is clear that municipalities are increasingly responsible for ensuring that land use change does not negatively impact the environment.

This responsibility now also falls on the landowner. Whether it is prior to purchasing a property, or during applications for development projects, it is important to have the most up-to-date and accurate information available to ensure projects can be approved and constructed without having a negative impact on the environment.

Proposals for land use change and/or development require a determination of impacts on a range of features including species at risk, wetlands, woodlands, ravines, and fish habitat. Impacts can often be mitigated through avoidance or other means.

With our extensive and proven experience in carrying out ecological assignments throughout central, eastern and southern Ontario, Skelton, Brumwell and Associates Inc. can help you meet these requirements, in a cost and time efficient manner.


Ecological Expertise

  • Environmental Impact Studies (EIS)
  • Natural Environment Reports
  • Species at Risk Assessments
  • Butternut Tree Assessments
  • Natural Heritage Planning
  • Wetland Evaluations
  • Biological Inventories and Studies
  • Ecological Land Classification (ELC)
  • Site Constraints and Opportunity Analysis
  • Due Diligence
  • Expert Testimony
  • Environmental Monitoring

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Project Gallery

Natural Environment Report Level I & II - Township of McNab-Braeside

Natural Environment Report Level I & II – Township of McNab-Braeside

As part of a proposed quarry expansion for an existing aggregate license, a Natural Environment Report Level I & II was completed. Through fieldwork and analysis, several natural heritage features were identified on the property including Significant Wildlife Habitat. Mitigation measures were developed and implemented on the Site Plan, to ensure no impact to these features and their ecological functions.

Natural Environment Report Level I & II - Township of Galway-Harvey-Cavendish

Natural Environment Report Level I & II – Township of Galway-Harvey-Cavendish

As required by the Aggregate Resources Act (ARA), a Natural Environment Report Level I & II was completed for a proposed gravel pit on Crown land. Unevaluated wetlands, a watercourse and significant wildlife habitat (Great Blue Heronry) were found and mitigation measures employed for protection of these features and these functions.

Environmental Impact Study - Seniors Centre - Township of Severn

Environmental Impact Study – Seniors Centre – Township of Severn

An EIS was prepared for a proposed Seniors Housing Project. Field investigations found the presence of the threatened massasauga rattlesnake within the property. Habitat for massasauga was identified and appropriate mitigation measures recommended ensuring no impacts.

Environmental Impact Study (EIS) Port McNicoll -Township of Tay

Environmental Impact Study (EIS) Port McNicoll -Township of Tay

An Environmental Impact Study was prepared for redevelopment of a former 830 acre CP Rail industrial waterfront site to residential, commercial and tourism uses. Sensitive site features included two provincially significant wetlands, and wildlife and fish habitat. Scoped Environmental Impact Studies being completed for each phase of development and delineation of over 5 km of provincially significant costal wetland, which has been field-verified by the MNR.

Natural Heritage Evaluation Oak Ridges Moraine

Natural Heritage Evaluation Oak Ridges Moraine

A Natural Heritage Evaluation was prepared in support of a zoning by-law amendment for development of four-season recreational facilities at an existing ski resort. The property was located within a Natural Core Area of the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan. Field investigations, background research and analysis identified Significant Woodlands and Significant Wildlife Habitat within the area to be rezoned. Mitigation measures were recommended, which included a Restoration and Monitoring Plan, to ensure no impacts to those features and their ecological functions.

Species at Risk Assessment & Agreements - Ontario

Species at Risk Assessment & Agreements – Ontario

A review of 64 properties for species at risk was completed relative to agreements under the Endangered Species Act. This included research of all available information, site visits, consultation with MNR and assistance with implementation of mitigation measures on selected sites.

Natural Environment Report Level I & II - Township of McNab-BraesideNatural Environment Report Level I & II - Township of Galway-Harvey-CavendishEnvironmental Impact Study - Seniors Centre - Township of SevernEnvironmental Impact Study (EIS) Port McNicoll -Township of TayNatural Heritage Evaluation Oak Ridges MoraineSpecies at Risk Assessment & Agreements - Ontario


 

What’s New!

June 15, 2017

Skelton, Brumwell & Associates Inc. is seeking an experienced Civil Engineering Technologist to join our team. Visit
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May 15, 2017

Welcome Gary Pritchard to the Skelton Brumwell Team!


Gary Pritchard is Senior Aquatic Ecologist. He has 14 years of experience in a supervisory role performing aquatic assessments including fish density and community surveys, spawning assessment, aquatic monitoring with the use of radio and hydro-acoustic telemetry, species at risk/biodiversity studies, fish health investigations surrounding industry practices, traditional ecological knowledge documentation, habitat suitability monitoring and critical habitat delineation, as well as environmental monitoring and modelling with the use of aquatic macro-invertebrates.
In the past, Gary has had the privilege to work on behalf of first nations peoples throughout Ontario. Gary has worked with the Anishinabek/Ontario Fisheries Resource Centre. Through community involvement and participation, Gary was able to design and implement fisheries management strategies alongside building capacity within the communities.
Gary has successfully collaborated with many stakeholder groups, researchers, institutes, government agencies and First Nation communities and political organizations to address environmental concerns and identify practical solutions to fisheries or environmental related issues. Gary also serves as a technical advisor and professor at 2 post-secondary institutes within Ontario.


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Last year’s contract went extremely well with your company and I received kudos from MNR staff and licensees on how professionally your firm conducted itself.

Stuart Thatcher, Senior Policy Program Advisor, Aggregates, Ministry of Natural Resources

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