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:
Herbaceous cover assessment
Plant community composition
Native versus non-native plant assessments
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.
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.
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
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