Hicks & Company provides quality technical, policy, and problem-solving expertise relating to potential project impacts on fish and wildlife resources, sensitive species, and habitats.  Our professional staff offers multi-faceted experience with wetland delineation and permitting through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Section 404 (Clean Water Act) program, as well as wetland mitigation planning and monitoring services. We are equally adept at assessing and evaluating potential endangered species habitat, conducting presence/absence surveys for listed wildlife and plant species according to required protocols,  and providing guidance to project sponsors to ensure proposed projects are compliant with federal and state laws and regulations.  Hicks & Company has assisted clients with the development of Habitat Conservation Plans under Section 10(a) of the Endangered Species Act,  and has expertise in consulting with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and developing biological assessments under Section 7, of the Act.

Our ecological staff has conducted numerous vegetation surveys and quantitative wildlife habitat appraisals and assessments to describe existing resources, identify the kinds and extent of potential resource impacts, and develop appropriate mitigation measures to assure regulatory compliance. Our capabilities include expertise with  water resources, water quality assessments and mitigation, watershed planning, and stream channel and riparian corridor restoration. Hicks and Company maintains updated permits issued by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to conduct endangered species surveys and legally collect wildlife during quantitative field studies.

This diverse menu of services provides a strong platform to assist clients with specific environmental compliance needs.

  • Baseline or affected environmental studies
  • Early identification of natural resource constraints and applicable regulatory requirements.
  • Wetland delineation and permitting compliance under the Clean Water Act.
  • Wetland mitigation planning and long-term monitoring
  • Endangered species habitat assessments, presence/absence surveys; regulatory compliance under the Endangered Species Act
  • Regional habitat conservation planning and coordination with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to address potential “incidental take”  of endangered species under Section 10(a) of the Endangered Species Act
  • Regulatory consultation and preparation of Biological Assessments under Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act
  • Vegetation community surveys and quantitative sampling
  • Development of plans to create, restore, or enhance habitat
  • Aquatic ecology and water quality assessment and mitigation
  • Watershed planning,  stream channel and riparian corridor restoration
  • Ecological Risk Assessment
  • Tree Surveys
  • Habitat Appraisal and Damage Assessment