"We should preserve every scrap of biodiversity as priceless while we learn to use
it and come to understand what it means to humanity"
Edward O. Wilson
The State of New Jersey is rampant in biological and natural diversity. This cuts against the grain of conventional wisdom as most of the developing community would like you to believe otherwise. One only has to look at the diversity of the landscape in New Jersey to understand how the fruit of biodiversity has come into being. The fact that our state has water on three sides -rife with rivers and streams that flow to them, and blessed with five Geophysical Provinces , providing the state with a unique backbone, translates into some of the most interesting natural history in the world! Through years of field experience, BRE’s associates have interfaced directly with the many ecological subsets the landscape of New Jersey has to offer. In response to this knowledge-base our associates have an intimate understanding of threatened and endangered species ecology.
BRE’s staff is uniquely qualified to identify Federal and State Threatened and Endangered (T&E), rare species of flora and fauna. Most of our studies start with a field habitat assessment where we document current ecological conditions, including plant communities, soils, geologic and hydrologic features, and cultural characteristics. These data are then cross-referenced with habitat requirement of T&E species known to occur or potentially occur in the vicinity of the site. Species presence-absence studies typically follow. Depending on the target species, presence-absence studies could involve opportunistic visual methods, auditory/playback surveys, live-trapping, or for more intensive projects , radio-telemetry.
In many cases land use law requires current documentation of T&E species from qualified field experts in order to complete the process of permits and approvals necessary for change of use. In addition BRE has helped many citizen groups that required a second look at a project where due diligence was incomplete and the governmental agencies did not have the most accurate and up-to-date information necessary to base a determination. Performing habitat assessments that result in proper due diligence and ultimately the protection of rare species habitat is our firm’s passion and promise. We provide free consultation with any party willing to commit to the same.
Blackburnian Warbler Preening - State Species of Special Concern
Tiger Salamander (Ambystoma tigrinum)