Field Services

An assessment of ecological and vegetation resources on a site is often necessary prior to undertaking a restoration project, prior to preservation of a site, during a required monitoring period, and for verification and finalization of a project.

We have the expertise to survey and assess ecological resources on site, regardless of physical terrain (e.g., slope, rock outcrops, tidal range). Field methods employed vary depending on the needs of the project. Most often we engage in the following services:  

  • Species identification

  • Biomass quantification

  • Survivorship assessment

  • Stocking assessment

  • Herbaceous cover assessment

  • Plant community composition

  • Native versus non-native plant assessments


Consultation Products

At Wild Ginger Field Services, we understand the required products of field work. Once data has been collected it is only truly useful if analyzed and compiled into a formal written report. Some examples of our consultation products are listed below.

Monitoring Plan

Each monitoring plan is tailored to the specific project and may incorporate standard   
protocols. The scope of the plan will vary with the needs of the customer, but will typically contain  
the following elements: monitoring goals, field data, compiled data, maps, photographs, and a
timeline for completion. Field methods employed will vary depending on the needs of the project.

Community Classification

A description of the floral community is part of most Wild Ginger Field Services projects. 
Classification in the state of Virginia is performed with the Classification of Ecological Community
Groups, prepared by the Department of Natural Heritage.

Rare Species Survey

A rare species survey is often desired prior to site restoration or development. One particular
interest in the state of Virginia is the small whorled pogonia (Isotria medeoloides), a rare member
of the Orchid family. Some jurisdictions require a small whorled pogonia survey prior to site
disturbance.

Invasive Species Assessment & Management Plan

Invasive species assessments are performed based on state and local species of concern (e.g.,  
Virginia Department of Natural Heritage species list: http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/natural_heritage
/
infoservices.shtml). 
Invasive species management plans are generally based on a 5-year time frame.

Wetland & Stream Delineations

Wetland delineations are completed in accordance with the 1987 US Army Corp of Engineers manual
and their regional supplements. Stream delineations may include a comprehensive buffer vegetation
assessment.