Feasibility Studies/Environmental Constraints Analysis

Feasibility Studies

We have been carrying out feasibility studies for clients across Ontario since we started up 2008. Our work focusses on determining the ecological constraints that a project may encounter on its way through conception, design and construction. We carry out desk top assessments initially, reviewing available digital maps, and our general knowledge of legislation, fisheries, and species at risk issues.

We have worked with expanding airports, to identify woodlands, wetlands and species at risk concerns, and developed approaches to mitigating effects of the project on the sensitive ecological receptors, such that the projects have been able to proceed on time and on budget. The ecological constraint analyses in these cases have fed into the Environmental Assessment processes.

We have also worked with land development companies in the Ottawa Region. Our assessments consider woodlands and wetlands, including their size and proximity to Provincially Significant features, or features considered valued by the local municipality. We also consider creeks and their corridors, and determine the implications with respect to the Fisheries Act. We will plot buffers that may be required around specific ecological features, and give our clients a sense of the land that may be required to be set aside as part of the land development plan.

In our final example, we recently completed an assignment in the north where we were asked to assist in identifying ecological constraints associated with a proposed access road proposed for a route through a regenerating natural area. We carried out a desktop analysis to identify potential issues including to determine the likelihood of species at risk (or species of conservation concern) being present. We then carried a breeding bird inventory (x2) to document birds that might call morning and evening. We also carried out a vegetation inventory to support an ecological land classification.

For more information please contact Anthony Francis, PhD