WESTERN ECOLOGICAL RESOURCE, INC.


– ecology and natural resource consulting since 1978  


Permits & Approvals

Our professionals assist clients with the design of environmentally sensitive projects and then work with local, state, and federal regulatory agencies to acquire permits.  We prepare permit applications, meet with regulatory agency personnel, and attend public meetings and hearings.


Wetland Permits


We have extensive experience in the acquisition of Nationwide and Individual Wetland Permits from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps).  We specialize in acquiring Individual Wetland Permits and we understand the complexities of the permit review process.  Individual Permit Applications require consultation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and state wildlife, health, and historical resource agencies.  We are experienced in working with agency personnel and coordinating responses to agency reviews.  In addition, Individual Permits require a Public Notice and comment period.  We often organize and conduct public meetings to present and discuss projects.  We also coordinate and prepare responses to Public Notice comments and work to develop mitigation plans for project impacts.  For Individual Permits, we acquire Water Quality Certification Permits from the water resource division of the state government.

We also work with municipalities that have wetlands regulations or wish to protect the quality of their wetlands.  Specifically, we prepare local wetland permit applications, and address setback regulations for wetlands, water bodies, and riparian habitats.  We have prepared numerous Wetland Permit Applications for projects within the City of Boulder, Colorado and have addressed wetland buffer widths for projects in the cities of Boulder, Mt. Crested Butte, Avon, Vail, and other Colorado towns.  For additional information on our wetlands services, please refer to our Wetlands page.


Local Environmental Reviews and Project Approvals


We work with clients to identify environmental issues for proposed developments and assist them in presenting their projects to local planning and zoning commissions, county commissioners, city councils, and at public hearings.  We prepare high-quality graphics and reports that clearly and accurately present the environmental impacts and public benefits of our clients' projects.  We work diligently to address the concerns of local officials and receive project approval.  We thoroughly understand the permitting process, and the importance of presenting the public benefits of projects to local agencies.

Some of the environmental issues we commonly address as a part of the local development review and permitting process include identifying important vegetation and wildlife habitats and calculating impacts to these resources, negotiating stream and wetland setbacks based on habitat quality and wildlife use, identifying wildfire hazards and proposing mitigation measures, developing weed management and revegetation plans, and preparing wildlife mitigation plans.  We have prepared numerous Environmental Impact Reports for proposed developments in Eagle County, Colorado and Environmentally Sensitive Areas Reports for projects in Loveland, Colorado, as well as many other local ecological assessment reports.

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