Environmental

 

Rangeland’s environmental division includes wildlife, vegetation and wetland specialists. Wildlife personnel conduct a variety of wildlife surveys and wildlife habitat assessments to abide by provincial and federal requirements; this includes wildlife sweeps, breeding bird surveys, amphibian surveys and species specific surveys.

Our vegetation specialists conduct rare plant and rare plant habitat surveys, weed surveys and plant community mapping. Wetland surveys are conducted by a interim Qualified Wetland Science Practitioner to delineate and classify wetlands to ensure compliance with the Alberta Wetland Policy. Rangeland works with clients and regulators to provide appropriate avoidance and setback mitigation strategies to ensure potential developments do not negatively impact wildlife, wetlands or important habitat features.

OUR SERVICES

Aquatics

 

Rangeland’s team of fisheries biologists and technicians conduct fish population assessments, fish salvages, habitat assessments, streambank bioengineering and restoration and water quality monitoring. Qualified Aquatic Environment Specialist (QAES) recommendations are provided for pipeline (trenched and trenchless) and access watercourse crossings.

 

Complete plan of works are developed for submission to regulators and to guide construction to ensure that best management practices, mitigation measures and reclamation plans avoid and/or minimize impact to fish and the aquatic environment.

Engineering

Our engineering division provides a suite of specialized engineering services. With an expertise in pipeline and road watercourse crossings'  design and geotechnical feasibility studies, our staff can support your project from program development, preliminary assessments, field exploration, geotechnical evaluation, design and regulatory compliance. Our experienced Professional Engineers work collaboratively with our environmental planners to supplement a full service engineering, environmental and regulatory package with the extended benefit of in-house construction QA/QC inspection and monitoring. Rangeland operates  as a permit holder with The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists and follow strict guidelines outlined in our Professional Practice Management Plan.

Agriculture (Range Science)

The agricultural division works primarily for the not-for-profit, landowners, government and municipal sectors conducting range and riparian health assessments, baseline inventories including plant community mapping, species inventories and natural and anthropogenic feature documentation, long-term vegetation studies using transects and photo documentation all while using the most current range science techniques. Additionally, the agricultural division has experience with native grassland and green roof projects related to the field of Low Impact Development.

Construction Support:
Environmental Inspection, Monitoring & Drilling Waste Management

Rangeland conducts linear development (pipelines and powerlines) and facility siting, and pre-development surveys to aid Clients in regulatory planning and acquiring approvals. Rangeland can provide cradle to grave services, from initial planning and approvals through construction and reclamation. Experienced personnel conduct environmental inspection and monitoring for energy and utility projects as well as post-construction reclamation assessment. We provide quantitative water quality monitoring services during construction to facilitate early detection and immediate mitigation of releases into water bodies during horizontal directional drilling, pipeline removals/replacements/isolated installations and bridge and culvert replacements.

Rangeland now provides drilling waste planning, construction supervision, documentation and reporting, and regulatory support services for trenchless pipeline crossings. Comprehensive planning services include estimated volumes of produced drilling waste, site and project specific disposal method recommendations, total area requirements for specific disposal methods, storage requirements, sump dimension and layout recommendations, contractor planning/expectation documents, drilling additive reviews and usage recommendations, desktop identification of proposed disposal areas, and detailed drilling waste plans.

 

Prior to trenchless (horizontal directional drill or bore) activities, Rangeland can provide environmental personnel to assess proposed disposal and sump locations and collect applicable receiving soil samples. During trenchless construction, Rangeland can provide environmental personnel to oversee disposal including daily field salinity testing, coordination of sample collection and lab analysis, disposal operation direction, frac walks, water quality monitoring and frac management and reporting. Our onsite environmental personnel will also provide direction regarding disposal locations, application rates and mixing ratios and collect all information required for record keeping and regulatory reporting.  Following disposal activities, a thorough report is prepared including all quality control documentation required for inclusion in the project file.

 

In addition, Rangeland can provide planning for hydrovac slurry management including disposal planning, field screening and documentation for regulated projects.

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