What is LSA’s primary role when working with bats? It depends on what phase a…
At LSA, we pride ourselves on our ability to collaborate seamlessly – first and foremost between our firm and our clients and teaming partners, but also amongst ourselves. Our full range of environmental disciplines is made up of 230 employees throughout 9 offices statewide, but no discipline or office operates in isolation. Instead, on almost any given project, you can find our technical experts from all over the state working cooperatively to assure our clients that their work is in the hands of a perfectly assigned team.
For example, LSA is currently supporting the City of Yucaipa with engineering projects and environmental services needs for 2016 through 2018 fiscal years. This on-call contract is managed by our Riverside office, but also involves staff from our Palm Springs office, and will require our biological and cultural resources teams to operate in sync.
LSA’s dynamic role in Yucaipa will include assisting with resource agency consultations and permit processing for various projects with a focus on public works projects and programs associated with various federal, state and local grant programs. Many of these funding sources and grant programs contain specific environmental review and requirements/criteria above and beyond what is normally required to deliver projects and programs funded by local funds only. In addition, LSA provides the City with on-call environmental review services and technical support to prepare and submit necessary documentation to various agencies.
LSA’s first project under the on-call was the County Line Road & Avenue H Road Improvements Project. LSA conducted the appropriate cultural resources and biological resources studies that addressed the potential effects identified in the Caltrans District 8 Preliminary Environmental Study. Additionally, LSA produced the required resource analysis documents, including the Natural Environment Study (Minimal Impact) and Western Riverside MSHCP Consistency Analysis Report for the biological resources, as well as the Historic Property Survey Report (an abbreviated Archaeological Survey Report) and APE map for the cultural resources component of the project.
The LSA team is delighted to be working with the City of Yucaipa, and always welcomes the opportunity to serve other agencies. To learn more about LSA’s natural and cultural resources services, please contact Blake Selna, Biological Principal, or Dr. Joshua Toney, Cultural Resources Associate.