Canopy Development & Dove Pond

Florida habitat, isolated wetland, a closed basin, and flood exclusion zone

Cardno prepared a Natural Features Inventory (NFI) and Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) of the historic Welaunee Plantation.

These assessments are required by the City of Tallahassee ahead of development to identify and quantify impacts to regulated environmental features.

Cardno’s NFI identified numerous regulated environmental features:

  • water conveyance
  • 100-year floodplain
  • altered wetland flow-way
  • isolated wetlands
  • closed basin
  • flood exclusion zone
  • significant and severe slopes
  • and listed species including
    • gopher tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus)
    • white ibis (Eudocimus albus)
    • angularpod milkvine (Matelea gonocarpos)
    • little blue heron (Egretta caerulea)
    • and crane-fly orchid (Tipularia discolor).

As the property was a portion of the historic Welaunee Plantation, the Florida Department of State’s Division of Historical Resources (SHPO) required a Cultural Resource Assessment Survey be completed before issuing a clearance letter. Finding no additional or significant historical/archeological resources or qualification for the National Register of Historic Places, the SHPO found no need for additional research and cleared the site.

Cardno facilitated obtaining a Formal Determination of the Landward Extent of Wetlands and Surface Waters review and approval from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Additional services included assisting in preparation of the dredge and fill permit applications, wetland mitigation plan, and long-term monitoring and maintenance plan.

An EIA was also prepared requiring additional surveys for regulated environmental features, including protected trees, slope analysis, listed species surveys, and wetlands mapping. The EIA outlined impacts and mitigation required to offset projects’ proposed upland and wetland impacts.

Cardno also managed permit-required onsite wetland mitigation implementation, including all supplemental wetland planting efforts and establishment and conducting the baseline monitoring. The EIA also featured Habitat Management Plans for lands slated to be placed into a conservation easement, i.e. listed species habitat and wetlands. These plans detailed habitat restoration needs, success criteria, exotic/invasive species treatment methods as well as monitoring and reporting requirements.

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