Projects

Wetland Mapping for the State of Kansas
Project Developed a Standardized Process for Prioritizing Vulnerable Wetland Resources

Customize and Refine Wetland Assessment Methods * Create a New Working Standard for Wetland Mapping
Contact Land Owners for Site Access

Applied Ecological Services, IncApplied Ecological Services, IncIn 2009, Norman Ecological was retained by Kansas Alliance of Wetlands and Streams (KAWS) to provide wetland services for the Kansas Water Office’s (KWO) wetland mapping project in two watersheds (Upper Wakarusa and Upper Neosho) in eastern Kansas. The project is funded by two EPA wetland development grants and overseen by the KWO. The purpose of the project is to develop a comprehensive, standardized process for identifying, assessing and prioritizing wetland and vulnerable aquatic resources in the state of Kansas. This process is intended to customize and refine existing wetland assessment methodologies. It is also intended to create a working standard for all agencies including watershed planning and stakeholder groups in the state of Kansas. Norman Ecological’s role has been to conduct wetland delineations following the Midwestern Regional Supplement on initially selected training wetlandsand subsequent wetlands identified by remote sensing software. Norman Ecological also contacts landowners for permission to access properties, assesses the wetland functions and values of wetlands in the two watersheds, conducts water quality sampling on reference wetlands, and will summarize the field aspects of the project in several wetland reports. Work on the project was completed in 2012.


“Frank’s knowledge of wetlands, their soils, plants and hydrology has helped us make this project successful. His ability to analyze accuracy and determine functionality of the wetlands is outstanding. He completes all field work in a thorough and timely manner. We are very pleased that we were able to have Frank be the technical specialist on the project.”
Harold Klaege, former Executive Director of KAWS


Ecological Consulting for KCI Intermodal BusinessCentre
Monitoring Wetland, Prairie, and Riparian Mitigation

Timed Meander Surveys at Wetland Sites * Detailed Mitigation Monitoring for Tree and Prairie Plantings

Applied Ecological Services, IncNorman Ecological was retained by Applied Ecological Services, Inc. to conduct monitoring for an 8-acre wetland detention BMP and 12.1 acres of prairie and riparian mitigation. Initial monitoring began in 2010 with timed meander surveys at the BMP site and more typical assessments measuring abundance and frequency of vegetation occurring in 25 transects and 117, 4 square meter plots at the mitigation sites. Over 5,000 trees and shrubs were planted in the fall of 2010, with tree survivorship being assessed soon thereafter. Monitoring efforts were conducted during the spring and fall from 2010 through 2013. The results of these surveys were summarized in seasonal reports and one annual summary report.


“Frank’s extensive knowledge of native plants and ecosystems has been an invaluable asset for the KCI Intermodal BusinessCentre development. His comprehensive and thorough approach to mitigation monitoring gives us great confidence that we will meet our full permit requirements. Correspondence from the US Army Corps of Engineers validated Frank’s work as meeting the monitoring criteria necessary to be compliant with the special conditions of the authorized permit.”
Laurie Brown, Vireo (formerly Patti Banks Associates)


Restoration Coordinator for Grassland Heritage Foundation
Preserving Snyder Prairie

Prescribed Burns • Brushing • Invasive Species Removal • Seed Collection and Planting
Maintaining Site Managment Plan * Coordination of Subcontractors

Since 2010, Norman Ecological has been retained as a prairie preserve manager for the Grassland Heritage Foundation’s (GHF) “Snyder Prairie” a 140-acre tract of unplowed native prairie, restored prairie as well as upland and riparian woods located near Mayetta, Kansas. He also coordinates GHF’s Groundhogs, its volunteer group that assists in restoration efforts at the land. On-going restoration includes prescribed burns, brushing, invasive species removal, seed collection and planting, and tree cutting. Additional services include developing and updating the Snyder Prairie site management plan, presenting annual restoration results to GHF board of directors, and meeting with the NRCS and potential project subcontractors. Norman is a former GHF board member, and has worked with Groundhogs since 2001.


Stream Stabilization, Riparian Restoration, and Monitoring
Incorporate Native Plantings into Stream Improvement Plans

Periodic Vegetation Monitoring • Erosion Control Inspections • Monthly Water Quality and Flow Sampling

Applied Ecological Services, IncNorman Ecological teamed with Applied Ecological Services (AES) providing ecological services for Phase II development at the Zona Rosa Mixed Use Development site Kansas City, Missouri. In 2009 and 2010, Norman Ecological conducted spring and fall vegetation monitoring efforts at the site as part of US Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) permit requirements. During 2008, Norman Ecological conducted weekly erosion control inspections, monthly peak flow and low flow water sampling efforts, and periodic vegetation monitoring as part of MO DNR and Corps permit requirements. Norman had provided the same services during 2004 to 2007 while employed at AES.


“Frank provided high quality professional services including restoration assessment, species lists, erosion issue identification and recommendations for stabilization and reporting. Frank Norman was easy to work with, timely, and stayed within budget. We were very pleased with Norman Ecological services and plan to use them again.”
Doug Mensing, Applied Ecological Services


Wetlands Services in Business Office Development
Guiding Business Development While Minimizing Wetland Impacts

Wetlands Delineation and Permitting • Rare Plant and Animal Assessment

Applied Ecological Services, IncIn 2010, Norman Ecological was retained Paragon Ag Investors to provide wetland services for its office development project. Located on 1.7 acres in Silver Lake, Kansas on the edge of the Kansas River floodplain, the project will ultimately impact 0.085 acre of emergent and forested wetlands. Upon completion of the wetland study, Paragon revised its project footprint to avoid 0.4 acre of wetlands. As a result, the project qualified for a NWP 39—Commercial and Institutional Developments from the US Army Corps of Engineers. In addition, no rare plant and animal species will be impacted by the project; a finding agreed upon by the USFWS after Norman Ecological provided a letter report describing the project impacts and quality of habitats on-site. Ultimately, the Client was also able to obtain mitigation credits from a local in lieu fee program.


“We are pleased with Norman Ecological’s performance on our office development project. Frank was quick at completing the fieldwork, wetland report, and the permit application submission to the US Army Corps of Engineers. The USCOE review concurred with Norman Ecological findings and authorized a nationwide permit for the project.”
Chris Havercamp, Paragon Ag Investors


Prairie and Woodland Survey and Inventory
Utilizing Aerial Photography and 1870s Data to Identify High Quality Forests

Document Quality and Composition of Woods • Identify Old Growth Forests

Applied Ecological Services, IncNorman Ecological was retained by the Kansas Biological Survey (KBS) to participate in a woodland inventory in Lynn and Anderson Counties, Kansas in 2009. By using current aerial photography overlaid with public land survey data from the 1870s and USGS topographic maps, field crews were able to identify, characterize, grade, and map the locations of higher quality woods found in those two counties. Field members documented the quality and composition of woods by completing plant lists, element occurrence record forms, and taking photographs. Numerous woodland tracts were considered ‘old growth’ for Kansas as they had older trees, very diverse ground covers, and were located on steep and nearly inaccessible terrain. The work was summarized in a KBS publication (Open-File Report #158).


Natural Resource Inventory
Guiding Home Building and Planning Around Plant Communities

Identify and Map Existing Plant Communities • Provide Recommendations for Restoration

Applied Ecological Services, IncIn 2009, Norman Ecological was retained by rural land owners, Paul and Mary Gottesburen, to conduct a natural resource inventory (NRI) on a 47-acre tract of land located in southern Douglas County, Kansas. The purpose of the NRI was to identify, characterize, grade, and map the plant communities occurring on-site so that the land owners can better plan the development of their house and outbuildings. The NRI also provided general recommendations for prairie and woodland restoration.


Florisitic Quality Expert Testimony
Expert Witness Testimony in Remuneration Lawsuit

Develop FQA Report • Participate in Court Deposition • Review Defendant’s Responses in Lawsuit

Applied Ecological Services, IncIn 2009, the law firm of Caddell & Chapman of Houston, Texas retained Norman Ecological as a floristic quality expert in the lawsuit—The Quapaw Tribe Oklahoma et al. v. Blue Tee Corp. et al. The Quapaw Indian Tribe owns land in Northeastern Oklahoma (Ottawa County) that had been decimated by lead and zinc mining, for which the Tribe sought remuneration from a number of mining companies. Frank Norman’s experience in botanical and monitoring studies especially the Floristic Quality Assessment (FQA) work conducted with the Kansas Biological Survey in mined lands in adjacent Cherokee County, Kansas qualified him to provide expert testimony (report), participate in a court deposition, and review defendant expert witness reports, depositions, and various documents in support of the lawsuit. Work centered on the FQA in assessing the effects of mining on terrestrial resources on tribal lands. The FQA was also essential in evaluating the efficacy of proposed remediation to the damage caused by mining operations, and to the proposed restoration addressing the remaining damage after remediation. The lawsuit was settled in favor of the Quapaw Tribe in the fall of 2010.

 


Wetland Assessments for Potential Power Plant Sites
Locate and Delineate Wetlands and Streams

Delineate and Flag Wetland Boundaries • Participate in Field Work and Map Review
Conduct Site Confirmation Visits

Applied Ecological Services, IncNorman Ecological was retained by Burns & McDonnell Engineering to assist with wetland delineations on two potential electric generating power plant project sites in southeastern Virginia. These sites, 1,600 and 1,100 acres in size required that the boundaries of all wetlands and streams be delineated. Wetlands and streams were delineated (wetlands were also flagged) using Trimble GPS equipment, characterized by type, and mapped on aerial photographs. In 2008 and early 2009, Norman Ecological assisted with field work, map review, data sheet and photo log entry, and site confirmation visits by the Norfolk Regulatory Branch of the US Army Corps of Engineers. Two hundred plus acres of wetlands and several miles of streams were found at each site.


“After meeting with Frank Norman of Norman Ecological Consulting, it doesn’t take long to realize that he has a passion for the natural world. I have personally worked with Frank and have found him to be a man of integrity, and exacting scientist and a hard worker. Frank has a wealth of knowledge that he has earned in over two decades of environmental consulting. His virtues are not just evident in his conscientious manner, but also in his commitment to both the environment and his clients. If Frank commits to a task, he will work hard to see it through.”
Jack Finley, Burns & McDonnell


Riparian Vegetation Assessment and Native Plant Design
Incorporate Native Plantings into Stream Improvement Plans

Conduct Site Assessment • Provide Native Planting Design

Applied Ecological Services, IncCollaborating with Applied Ecological Services and CDM Engineering for the City of Lincoln, Nebraska, Norman Ecological conducted a riparian vegetation assessment and native planting design for potential stream restoration during 2007 and 2009. The project was conducted over a stretch of Beal Slough where native plantings were proposed and incorporated into design drawings and specifications for two cross sections of the creek where stream improvements were recommended. Plantings included black and sandbar willows, false indigo, elderberry, red-osier dogwood, buttonbush live stalks and mesic prairie seeding. These were located along the creek channel and backfill sections of the creek. The stream project was constructed in 2010.


Rare Plant Surveys
Provide Reports and Recommendations, and Obtain Clearances

Assess the Quality of Prairies in County Rural Water Districts • Conduct Initial Habitat Surveys
Conduct Presence-Absence Surveys

Applied Ecological Services, IncThrough Bartlett & West, Norman Ecological conducted rare plant surveys for Kansas Rural Water Districts of Jackson, Douglas, Johnson, and Osage counties during 2008 to 2010. Over 50 miles of proposed water supply pipelines and ancillary facilities were surveyed for Western Prairie Fringed Orchid (Platanthera prae clara) and Mead’s Milkweed (Asclepias meadii), two federally listed plant species. On several projects involving the rare orchid, potential habitat was found, so initial habitat surveys were followed up with presence-absence surveys in suitable habitats during the orchid flowering period. For these projects, recommendations were provided to avoid high quality prairies, minimize impacts to moderate quality habitats, and reseed all prairie habitats impacted by construction. Reports were reviewed by the USFWS and clearances provided based on Norman Ecological recommendations.


“I appreciate Frank’s promptness and genuine concern for getting field work done in a timely manner. Some critical habitat surveys are time sensitive and Frank does a great job of making sure that we do not miss the limited opportunity to get the work done.”
Louis Funk, Bartlett West


Natural Resource Inventory
Assess the Quality and Extent of Plant Communities

Assess Natural Resources Along Proposed Roadway

Applied Ecological Services, IncIn 2007, Norman Ecological conducted a natural resource inventory for Kenneth Baum, a private landowner, to document the quality and extent of plant communities on land potentially impacted by the proposed South Metro Connector in southern Johnson County, Kansas. Mr. Baum wanted to be better informed on the natural resources on his and adjacent land in the vicinity of the proposed roadway. Riparian woods, wetland fringes along streams, oak-hickory woods, cool season pastures, a prairie remnant, and immature woods were found in the study area.


Sewer Construction Restoration Plan and Oversight
Management Plans for Native Habitat

Prepare Woodland and Prairie Plans • Provide Restoration Oversight

Applied Ecological Services, IncIn 2007, Norman Ecological was retained by CAS Construction to prepare restoration and management plans for sewer line construction through 2.7 miles of floodplain and upland habitats in Lawrence, Kansas. Plans included native seeding mixes and restoration techniques to restore pipeline corridors and staging areas located in 47 acres of cropland, smooth brome hay meadows, and woods in the floodplains of the Kansas River and W. Baldwin Creek. Qualitative and quantitative methods for monitoring the success of the restoration efforts were also proposed in the submittals. In 2009, Norman Ecological was retained by Professional Engineering Consultants to provide oversight for the native restoration of woodland and prairie habitats in 2.7 miles of pipeline ROW for the City of Lawrence. Work involved numerous site visits, developing summary site visit memoranda, and recommending remedial measures as needed.


“Norman Ecological created a native plant restoration plan for the West Baldwin Creek Project. Frank Norman made site visits with very little notice and provide a follow-up report at the end of the project. It was great working with Frank. I hope to have the opportunity to work with him in the future.”
Mike Lawless, City of Lawrence, KS


Native Restoration Monitoring
Timed Meander Surveys Over 6 Months

Monitoring of Native Prairie and Wetland Plantings * Plant Species Observations—Minute-by-Minute
Provide Recommendations for Resoration Efforts

Applied Ecological Services, IncDuring 2008, Norman Ecological performed timed meander surveys over a six-month period for Hermes Landscaping at First United Methodist’s wetland and prairie restoration project, located west of Lawrence, Kansas. The survey was a requirement to document the establishment of the native vegetation at the project. A timed meander survey involves identifying the plant species observed minute by minute until no (or very few) new species are encountered. The results of the survey serve as the means to document the establishment of the native vegetation at the project. The results of each survey and maintenance recommendations were summarized in a technical memorandum.


“Frank Norman did a great job of monitoring and reporting the native seed establishment for us on the First United Methodist Church project in Lawrence, KS. Frank’s reports were clear, very detailed and timely which gave us the information that we needed for approval and acceptance of our work.”
Eric Soriano, Hermes Landscaping, Inc.


Mined Land Monitoring
Vegetative Monitoring at Lead Mining Sites

Document Unrestored and Restored Mining Sites • Determine Revegetation Success

Applied Ecological Services, IncIn 2007, Norman Ecological was hired by the Kansas Biological Survey (KBS) to conduct vegetative monitoring at various lead mining sites in Cherokee County, Kansas. The project goal was to document the conditions at unrestored and restored mine sites and determine the revegetation success at the restored sites per a grant from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. The project involved setting up plots, measuring plant cover and species presence, collecting soil samples, and establishing photo stations. The study was published by KBS (Report #149).