SummitWest was hired by the Resource Conservation District of Monterey County to conduct sensitive status wildlife, rare plant species, and cultural resource surveys in support of the maintenance and construction of a permanent fuel break under the Los Padres National Forest (LPNF) Strategic Community Fuelbreak Improvement Project.
The Resource Conservation District of Monterey County is working to establish a long-term firebreak in the Los Padres National Forest to offset future risks of devastating fires to the surrounding community. SummitWest has joined this effort, providing two years of pre-construction endangered species surveys and construction monitoring support for species including the California spotted owl, marbled murrelet, California tiger salamander, California red-legged frog, and foothill yellow-legged frog. With a team of permitted biologists and expert botanists, SummitWest has conducted, among the other protocol level surveys, extensive rare plant surveys aimed at determining presence of the critically endangered Smith’s blue butterfly. SummitWest’s partnership with Stantec has enabled in depth cultural resource surveys to verify that all future construction activities avoid anthropological resources hidden on site. SummitWest will prepare a series of agency technical memoranda, mitigation strategy reports, and GIS rendered survey maps for the Resource Conservation District in order to provide the full scope of biological and cultural support necessary for responsible project completion.