Natural Resource Inventory and Assessment
AE has conducted fifteen natural resources inventories in nineteen towns throughout Vermont. Inventories can include the identification, inventory and assessment of wetlands, wildlife habitat, upland natural communities and rare elements. Projects generally incorporate a remote review of available digital databases and a field component.
Projects are customized based on the objectives of the participating town .The wetland inventories typically include a remote assessment followed by some field verification and data collection. Wetland functions and values assessments and wetland natural community classification and ranking are often a component of these inventories. The wildlife inventories commonly include assessment of wildlife habitat features such as wildlife movement corridors, deer wintering habitat and core habitat. Upland naturalcommunity mapping is often intricately linked to the wetland and wildlife habitat assessments. This part of the process includes natural community classification and ranking- including the designation of any State Significant Natural Communities. See the Documents page for final report and maps from select projects.
Science To Action:
A 4-Town Natural Resource Inventory in Richmond, Jericho, Bolton and Huntington, Vt. AE was retained by a coalition of 4 adjoining Towns in southeastern Chittenden County to develop a Natural Elements Inventory. The project included the identification, inventory and assessment of wetlands, wildlife habitat, corridors and connecting lands, vernal pools, upland natural communities and rare elements. Following comprehensive analysis and field verification, data was presented to the Towns for use in planning and development review.