BIORESOURCE

CONSULTANTS
Providing environmental services, research, and applied
science for natural resources management and conservation.
    
       
  


Overview
 

 
BioResource Consultants (BRC)
is a full service environmental consulting firm offering professional consulting and research services related to conserving and managing sensitive natural resources.  BRC’s mission is to provide its clients with objective and useful information that meets the highest professional standards covering a wide range of technical environmental disciplines.

BRC’s services range from single-topic, applied environmental consulting services to complex, interdisciplinary research projects.  BRC responds to each project with a fresh perspective focused on solving problems, and meeting specific objectives.  Today’s increasingly complex environmental review and compliance processes require innovative management programs and a solutions-oriented approach.

Each project is unique and therefore usually requires the integration of more than one technical discipline.  BRC selects its project team not only from its core group of senior associates and technicians, but also from its network of qualified independent consultants or specialty firms and a wide range of technical experts.

Services

Types of services offered include:

  • Project Management:  Large or small, every BRC project is assigned to a senior member of our staff who is responsible for the project's quality and performance.  Client satisfaction is foremost.  BRC’s project managers are trained to apply the basic principles of integrated project management: to communicate and clearly define the problem, to develop a plan and a schedule, to implement the plan, monitor progress, and to produce useful, easy to interpret products the meet the project’s goals. 

  • Environmental Consulting Expertise:  The services BRC provides vary greatly, depending upon the type of development or facility being planned, proposed, evaluated, or built.  BRC’s managers and scientists offer a wide range of services including such topics as:  basic biological research, baseline resource inventories; ecological modeling; impact assessments; mitigation planning and implementation; fatal flaw analyses; alternative route analyses for linear facilities; energy facilities siting, relicensing, or permitting; wildlife telemetry investigations;  GIS/GPS applications; expert testimony; literature searches and database creation; construction/compliance monitoring; worker training and education programs; and resource management planning.

  • Listed and Special-status Species Permits:  BRC’s senior associates possess a variety of federal endangered species research permits for many of the listed or sensitive wildlife species found in California .  As needed, BRC sometimes subcontracts for the services of experts who possess any needed permits not held by our staff.  This allows for a rapid response to our client’s needs when endangered species are involved while maintaining a high level of quality control in our studies.

Expertise

BRC's biologists excel in wildlife and botanical research/consulting.  This includes habitat assessments, wildlife-habitat relationship analyses, ornithology, herpetology, mammalogy, listed and special-status species inventories, biological assessments, and state and federal Endangered Species Act consultation processes, HCPs and MS-HCPs, resource planning and management, watershed planning, habitat restoration and mitigation, and computer-aided geographic information management (GIS/GPS).   

BRC biologists are experienced with the permit application and compliance processes associated with NEPA/CEQA requirements and documentation (EIR/EIS); California Energy Commission Regulations; California Public Utility Commission (PUC) regulations and filings, including PEAs; FERC Exhibit E’s; the Clean Water Act including wetland regulations under Section 404 and water quality certification under Section 401;  California Endangered Species Act (CESA) including Section 2081;  federal Endangered Species Act including Sections 7 and 10; and, a wide range of regulations specific to most of California's counties. 

BRC’s staff biologists have worked on environmental compliance issues for various types of facilities including: pipelines for water, oil, and natural gas; conveyance aqueducts; coal and gas-fired power plants;  hydroelectric facilities; cogeneration facilities; geothermal power facilities; mines; oil and gas facilities of all types; military installations;  roads and highways; reservoirs; housing and urban development; transmission and distribution powerlines; water supply systems; and renewable energy facilities (particularly wind farms).

BRC is equipped to carry out field studies under a wide range of environmental conditions.  Our biologists are experienced with conducting major field studies from the Alaskan arctic to the tropics.  We own and operate state-of-the art Trimble GPS hardware integrated with ARC-View GIS software to ensure accuracy and speed in mapping and documenting our findings.  This capability is done through our Spatial Graphics Division, under the direction of Seth Sutherland.

With our graphics and desktop publishing equipment we consistently produce publication-quality reports, maps, scientific illustrations, and layouts for reports or public presentations.

The BRC team possesses extensive federal, state, and regional expertise with endangered species permitting, habitat conservation planning, and other multi-species planning approaches to resource conservation. 

BRC biologists have been, or currently are, members of recovery teams for endangered species.  They have developed standards and guidelines used for endangered species permitting and management, and are respected by their peers as leaders in education and conservation programs involving ecological processes, endangered species management, and related topics. 

BRC biologists have produced ecological assessments, mitigation plans, construction monitoring plans, biological resources management plans, long-range resource management plans, research reports, scientific journal articles, and books.

Our botanical capabilities include rare plant surveys, general vegetation surveys, floristic analyses, revegetation and restoration plans, and habitat mapping.  BRC’s wetland resource capabilities include jurisdictional boundary delineation, wetland functional evaluations, wetland creation and/or enhancement; and groundwater monitoring.

Key Personnel

Carl G. Thelander is BRC's founder and principal.  Before forming BRC, Mr. Thelander spent nearly two decades as a founding Principal and the CEO of BioSystems Analysis, Inc.  In that capacity he managed numerous projects, some of them extending over several years and with budgets often in excess of $2M. 

BRC currently employees 15 biologists capable of managing projects, supervising interdisciplinary studies, and conducting technical field work and reporting tasks.  Mr. Thelander is based at BRC's headquarters in Ojai , California

In addition to project management and technical services offered by BRC’s key personnel, we maintain professional associations with scores of senior biologists, technical support personnel, and other specialists.  We staff each project according to its specific requirements as to its technical and geographic requirements. 

BRC provides a full-range of technical and project management expertise, from internationally recognized experts to field technicians.  This flexibility ensures a high-quality, focused effort conducted by knowledgeable biologists while significantly reducing project costs and overhead expenses.  The result is an expert team of biologists and managers providing the best possible service at reasonable rates.