BRE has conducted biodiversity surveys on public and private lands throughout the state. We have performed baseline assessments of flora and fauna for municipalities involved in the creation of a Natural Resource Inventory (NRI) as part of their Open Space Master Plan. BRE has performed multi-level surveys for exceptional resource/natural community identification for municipalities that used a pro-active model to land use planning. This pragmatic approach to planning results in avoiding contingent confrontation between the developing community and the governing bodies through a better understanding of land-use value at the forefront and avoiding costly delays inevitable to occur at the backend of the process.
BRE’s associates are all uniquely qualified to collect the data necessary to create a Plant Stewardship Index (PSI). A PSI is a “thermometer” reading of ecological quality of open land by seeing what plants live there. PSI is designed to answer two questions: (1) What is the naturalness of any site (?), and (2) How have land management practices (or their absence) affected that naturalness over time?
BRE has performed PSI’s on lands in preservation and those whose future fate is uncertain. By offering PSI services we offer land managers and conservationists a standardized measurement of the effectiveness of land management practices over time.
BRE has amplified PSI effectiveness by evaluating Lepidoptera (Moths and Butterflies) integral to the land under inspection. Species within these taxa provide us with another level of ecological understanding of intrinsic land use significance. Understanding that specific species of lepidoptera range from generalists, those utilizing an endless array of hosts to complete their life history requirements - to specialists, those that may only require one or two different associates to survive, provides us with a barometer that characterizes the level of ecological fitness of any given site. Simply stated the index of species for a defined area helps categorize its ecological worth and import.
Our experts are well-versed in these taxa. BRE can perform diurnal and nocturnal analysis of Lepidoptera within a defined property that in conjunction with PSI will provide the client with a solid ecological assay necessary to create a future management plan equipped to gauge the projects future progress.
“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.”