Visual Resource Analysis

Visual Resource AnalysisEcosphere has significant experience conducting visual resources analysis that includes development of photo-simulation graphics for federal and state agencies, oil and gas, utility companies, renewable energy, and mining projects throughout the Four Corners and western United States. Ecosphere’s Visual Resource Specialists have over 10 years experience in conducting visual resources analysis that includes visual mapping and development of photo-simulation graphics for federal and state agencies, industries such as oil and gas, utility, renewable energy, and mining projects throughout the western United States. Ecosphere staff are trained in the USFS visual analysis methodology and have developed visual analysis methodologies for tribal lands. Ecosphere staff have successfully completed the BLM’s rigorous week-long visual resource management and analysis training and have presented visual analysis techniques to the BLM in the Four Corners area and to the California Energy Commission and BLM staff in Sacramento, CA. We are proficient in viewshed analysis mapping, visual simulation preparation, visual resource inventories, and VRM impact analysis.

Environmental Site Assessments

Ecosphere routinely conducts Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs) for property transactions to provide clients with information on the potential presence of hazardous substances and/or petroleum hydrocarbons relative to historic use of the site. Phase I assessments are conducted in accordance with the American Society of Testing Materials (ASTM) Standard Practice (E1527-05) with regard to the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA). ESAs are conducted in phases so that risk management decisions can be made regarding environmental issues at a site. This approach minimizes costs and provides a basis for further negotiation of property transactions. Ecosphere also provides detailed site characterization and screening of remedial options (Phase II) to estimate costs, and to design and implement environmental remediation (Phase III).

Environmental Monitoring

Ecosphere implements environmental monitoring during construction projects to ensure compliance with NEPA and federal land use permits. Required documentation includes daily and weekly reports, attendance of weekly federal meetings, and necessary paperwork for route changes or temporary use areas included in the program. Additional responsibilities include coordination of archaeological and environmental monitors, and contacting federal agencies on project issues that arise during construction.