Project Portfolio

Project Portfolio

The various environmental projects we have undertaken over the years have provided us with an abundance of experience with federal agencies, state agencies, local municipalities, non-governmental organizations, foundations, landowners, and other crucial decision makers. We have collaborated on National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) projects addressing power generation and transmission, water storage and conveyance and communications infrastructure. We have also conducted watershed assessments, ecological inventories, management planning and far more.

  • Heritage Ridge Endangered Species Act Compliance
    Fill material was placed to raise portions of the development site out of the 100-year flood zone. We provided a list of threatened, endangered, proposed and candidate species (including the Prebels meadow jumping mouse, Colorado butterfly plant and Ute Mountain ladies tresses) with potential to be impacted by proposed project…
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  • Crystal Lakes Fire Mitigation
    A homeowner's association meeting and a Home Ignition Zone demonstration for homeowners was conducted to explain the project and get input. We utilized GIS to flag boundaries and riparian areas as well as conducted a forest stand evaluation to identify the quantity of forest material to be removed, marked individual…
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  • Black Canyon Road Open Space Plan
    A final Black Canyon Open Space Land Stewardship Plan was completed in February of 2017 and included goals and objectives related to open space, recreational use, trail safety, wildfire hazard, transient populations and signage.
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  • Audit of Wildfire Defensible Space and County Historic Structures
    The assessment examined the ignition potential of the structures, such as the structure's susceptibility to ignition from crown fire, surface fire and ember showers, as well as the zones of defensible space around the structures.
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  • Goldelm Development Ecological Characterization Study
    In order to protect and restore natural resource values within the proposed easement, Blue Mountain prepared a Resource Protection Compliance report, which outlined restoration and mitigation efforts to be performed to meet City of Fort Collins standards and guidelines and likely enhanced habitat within 0.1 temporary and 0.075 permanent acres…
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  • Seaman Reservoir Sediment Mitigation Project Biological Evaluation
    The biological evaluation determined the likely effects of the proposed action on federally listed species (endangered, threatened, and proposed), according to direction in the 1997 Revision of the Land and Resource Management Plan for Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland. We refined an official project specific threatened…
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  • Parkside Village Environmentally Sensitive Areas Report
    Property was evaluated for threatened and endangered species habitat. Species of concern and noxious weeds were noted. Recommendations were made to benefit wildlife habitat. Other issues were noted such as black-tailed prairie dogs, timing of construction to avoid disturbing nesting birds, the potential of increased runoff from hardened surfaces, and…
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  • Cummings Ranch Conservation Easement Baseline Report
    Located on the eastern plains of Colorado, this project conserves broad expanses of the Western Great Plains ecoregion and associated wildlife habitats. The most prominent ecological communities are Rocky Mountain Gambel oak-mixed montane shrubland, ponderosa pine woodland and Southern Rocky Mountain pinyon juniper woodlands. There are also numerous arroyos, small…
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  • Hardwick Farms Conservation Easement Baseline Report
    Most of the Property remains in its natural state, providing wildlife with tremendous habitat critical to their well-being and has opportunity to preserve keystone species and ecological functions of the Western Great Plains, a semi-arid shortgrass steppe, where streamside and groundwater irrigation from the High Plains Aquifer is important.
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  • West Prospect Atlas Tower Ecological Characterization Study
    The ECS describes the wildlife use of the area; the boundary of wetlands in the area and a description of the ecological functions and characteristics provided by those wetlands; any prominent views from or across the site; trees and other site vegetation; areas inhabited by or frequently utilized by sensitive…
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  • North Taft Hill and Laporte Avenue Ecological Characterization Study
    Blue Mountain visited the site; evaluated the potential impacts on wildlife, wetlands, prominent views, trees and vegetation, sensitive species, special habitat features, wildlife migration corridors; and recommended mitigation measures.
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  • Wildfire Defensible Space Evaluation
    Recommendations provided to homeowners included a checklist from the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety, which conducts objective, scientific research to identify and promote effective actions that strengthen homes, businesses, and communities against natural disasters. Items on the checklist include the slope and terrain of the property, roof, exterior…
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  • Hill Pond Ecological Characterization Study
    The 2.18-acre lot near Shields Street and Hill Pond Road was being platted for an 18-unit mixed residential development. The ECS was required because the property was within 500 feet of Spring Creek. Reports were submitted as part of the development process for the City of Fort Collins.
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  • Chatfield State Park and Cherry Creek State Park Noxious Weed Management Plans
    Weed species at the parks were inventoried in accordance with the North American Invasive Species Management Association standards and mapped with Trimble GEO XT GPS units. The mapping efforts identified roads, trails, developed areas and most habitat areas. All current (and some former) species listed by the Colorado Noxious Weed…
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  • High Park Fire Mulch Inspections
    Close to 300 acres were treated with mulch, greatly reducing erosion and sediment deposition in moderately to severely burned areas within the watershed. All data, including GPS points, were recorded utilizing iPads; the data was then provided to JW Associates.
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  • Crossons-Longview Environmental Assessment
    GIS support was provided by Blue Mountain in the form of alternatives development, terrestrial species modeling, recreation and land use identification, mapping and specialist support, and extensive vegetation modeling and acreage calculations with associated databases. ESRI’s Spatial Analyst Model Builder was employed to create and run iteration models.
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  • Big Thompson Canyon Stream Assessment
    The Stream Visual Assessment Protocol is a national protocol that provides an initial evaluation of the overall condition of wadeable streams, their riparian zones and their instream habitats. The protocol is used to evaulate criteria for conservation planning, identify potential resource concerns and assess trends in stream and riparian conditions…
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  • Stream Survey and Functional Condition Assessment
    Blue Mountain Environmental was contracted by the Bureau of Land Management, Elko District, to monitor riparian conditions and fisheries habitat within various grazing allotments.
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  • Eleven Mile & Spinney State Park Noxious Weed Management Plan
    Eleven Mile State Park and Spinney Mountain State Park are located in South Park – an expansive high-altitude grassland region of central Colorado bordered to the east and west by the Pike National Forest. Managed by Colorado State Parks under a lease from the Denver Water Board, these parks provide…
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  • Ladder Livestock (CAP) Grazing Plan
    Ladder Livestock is a large and complicated transhumance operation in north-central Colorado and south-central Wyoming that operates on over 140,000 deeded or leased acres. Blue Mountain worked in conjunction with the ranch operators and the local Natural Resource Conservation Service District Conservationist to develop a comprehensive grazing plan for the…
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  • Centennial Valley State Wildlife Area Wetland Delineation
    Blue Mountain Environmental was contracted by Ducks Unlimited to delineate 35 acres of atypical riverine wetlands along the South Platte River.
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  • Gelvin Ranch Phase I Environmental Site Assessment
    Gelvin Ranch is a 920-acre working ranch located in eastern Yuma County, Colorado. A Phase I Environmental Assessment was initiated because the landowner transferred developmental rights to The Nature Conservancy through a conservation easement.
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  • Bryce Valley Watershed Proper Functioning Condition Assessment
    Blue Mountain was contracted by the Natural Resource Conservation Service to conduct a watershed assessment. The intent of the effort was to gather resource information about the physical structure and biological function of five rivers, to prioritize treatment areas and to develop management recommendations.
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  • Genesee Foundation Ecosystem Management Plan
    lue Mountain and Anchor Point Group were contracted to develop a comprehensive ecosystem management plan for the Genesee Foundation. This plan provided long-term planning for open space resources and provided background information about local natural resources.
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  • Poudre River Riparian Forest Assessment
    Blue Mountain was contracted by the City of Fort Collins Natural Areas Program to conduct a riparian forest inventory on approximately 15 miles of the Poudre River.
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  • North Sterling State Park Stewardship Plan
    Blue Mountain collaborated with Colorado State Parks to develop a new stewardship plan for North Sterling State Park. The new stewardship plan will guide park management for the next 10 to 15 years.
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  • Winterhaven Conservation Easement Baseline Report
    The Winterhaven property is an 820-acre working ranch located in northeast Colorado along the South Platte River. The property was purchased by Ducks Unlimited in 2009 to protect conservation values and restore waterfowl habitat.
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  • Legacy Land Trust Conservation Values (GIS) Model
    Blue Mountain was contracted by Legacy Land Trust to develop a Conservation Values Model. This conservation values model was developed in a Geographic Information System (GIS) database to identify places within Larimer, Jackson and Weld counties where conservation values are represented on the landscape.
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  • Bald Mountain Communications Facility NEPA Assessment
    Blue Mountain assisted Mangi Environmental Group in NEPA planning and oversight for the development of a communications tower on USFS land in Larimer County. Larimer County , Arapahoe Roosevelt National Forest -- Larimer County, CO
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  • Saddle Pocket Ranch Conservation Easement Baseline Report
    Saddle Pocket Ranch is a 1,003-acre cattle ranch located in Routt County, Colorado, just east of Slater on the Colorado-Wyoming border.
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  • Kenosha Ponds Wetland Reclamation
    Boulder County Parks and Open Space contracted Blue Mountain to assist with the implementation of a gravel mine reclamation plan at their 100-acre Kenosha Ponds property.
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  • Castle Pines Ecosystem Management Plan
    Blue Mountain and the Anchor Point Group were contracted to develop a comprehensive ecosystem management plan for the Castle Pines Homeowners Association.
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  • Gypsum Creek Restoration & Enhancement
    Walsh Environmental contracted Colorado Erosion Control and Blue Mountain to implement bio-technical stream stabilization practices on the Gypsum Creek in Eagle County, Colorado.
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  • Residential Forest Agricultural Tax Plan
    Blue Mountain Environmental Consulting was contracted by a private landowner to prepare a Forest Stewardship Plan to qualify for Forest Agricultural Classification.
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  • NCAR Ecosystem Management Plan
    Blue Mountain and the Anchor Point Group were contracted to develop a comprehensive planning document for the 450-acre National Center for Atmospheric Research reserve in Boulder County, Colorado. This plan was created to meet long-range resource planning goals for open space, to ensure that management activities are ecologically sustainable and…
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  • Poudre River Restoration
    Blue Mountain aided Colorado Erosion Control in the implementation of biotechnical stream stabilization practices on the Poudre River in Fort Collins, Colorado.
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  • Button Rock Watershed Ecosystem Plan
    Forest Management & Restoration,Wildfire Mitigation,GIS Database Development,Noxious Weed Inventories & Management,Wildlife, Forest & Vegetation Inventory,Management Plan Development
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