Audubon Society Conducted an environmental survey on this 800-acre undeveloped property in Goshen, Ct. Interest centered on how to develop this secluded area for passive recreation and the practicality and social implications of limited timbering. Habitat restoration and diversity were central considerations in the assessment of management options.
Bicron Electronics Corporation Undertook a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment of this light manufacturing operation. This three-building site on eight acres is in a residential area and adjacent to the Blackberry River and Penn Central Railroad property.
Bridgeport Hydraulic Company Conducted an environmental feasibility study on the 530-acre Seymour Reservoir system in Oxford and Beacon Falls, Ct. The company was considering removing the property from their reservoir system and was interested in land use options and their potential environmental impacts regarding economic development. Areas reviewed included timber management, agriculture, aquiculture, and commercial, resort and residential development.
Connecticut Bus Company This site in Hartford, Ct. had a long history of commercial use going back nearly 200 years. EECOS performed a Phase I and Phase II Environmental Site Assessment relating to the propertys historical and current function as a school bus repair and maintenance facility. Of special interest were the nearly 20 Underground Storage Tanks, some dating back to the 1940s.
Connecticut College Conducted a campus-wide Phase I Environmental Site Assessment. 99 academic, administrative and support buildings and faculty and student housing were inspected as part of this Phase I assessment. A related file search was conducted as well as interviews with college personnel responsible for historical and current compliance with environmental regulations.
Connecticut Department of Housing Prepared a Finding of No Significant Impact for a proposed 68-unit apartment complex. Environmental issues taken into account included air quality, ambient noise, energy consumption, traffic, aesthetics, and upland and wetland land resources. Also covered were local and state regulatory issues and consideration of siting alternatives.
Cornwall Land Trust Retained by the trust to work with a number of landowners on land conservation strategies. EECOS met with family members to provide overall options relating to taxation issues, division of assets to minimize property division as well as preserving land as a working asset.
Early Sunrise Farm Prepared a master plan indicating conservation areas, farmland and forestland, recreation and public-use areas and residential subdivision for this 2400-acre property in Delaware County, New York. The basis for this analysis was a resource inventory that looked at sustainable land-use practices in relation to taxation issues and land suitability.
Foxwoods Casino/Mashantucket Pequot Reservation Undertook a natural resource inventory of the 3500-acre reservation in anticipation of further casino expansion. Included was the development of a wildlife database and habitat impact assessment model to better quantify potential impacts.
Great Mountain Forest Developed research, education and forest management programs for this 7000-acre private forest. Great Mountain is a model research center and working forest and a training ground for ecologists. The emphasis of the program was on alternatives to traditional sales and marketing of forest products.
Great Neck Village Subdivision Assessed the potential wetlands impacts of proposed home sites in this 14-lot subdivision. Recommendations for buffer zones, open space setasides and lot locations were all part of the planning analysis.
Humane Society of Connecticut Provided a baseline natural resource inventory and impact analysis of their headquarters lands. They were concerned with potential development on adjacent farmland and its effect on wildlife habitat and water quality on their property.
Kent Hollow Farm Analyzed product and environmental issues on this 1100-acre family owned farm which includes nearly 600 acres of wetlands. Areas covered included forest products, mineral extraction, groundwater withdrawal, fish farming, vineyard creation, row cropping and livestock. Market and management questions were considered in relation to potential environmental impacts. Estate planning issues were also discussed.
Litchfield Land Trust Prepared "Conservation Documentation Reports" on their holdings of nearly 100 easement and fee properties. Properties ranged in size from a few acres to over a 100 acres. Topics covered included conducting a basic ecological inventory; assessing landowners reserved rights on easements and management recommendations on fee properties. This project took two years to complete.
McCulloch Farm Performed an environmental inventory and prepared a documentation report focusing on impacts of land use practices as they related to the placement of a Conservation Easement on the property. This 400-acre farm had not been a working concern for over 50 years and interest centered on successional issues as they related to overall changes in the landscape and future agricultural uses.
Plum Bank Beach Faced with possible development for a parking lot, EECOS was asked to assess whether this dune complex was a naturally functioning system. An ecological inventory and sand profiling revealed that this was indeed one of the last remnant dune complexes remaining in an otherwise developed area.
Sand Pond The numerous family members and the impending generational change made planning essential if this 2000-acre property was to remain in tact. EECOS conducted a natural resource inventory and presented planning options. Estate planning issues included taxation questions and limited development as it related to maintaining the environmental integrity of this mostly unfragmented and ecologically diverse landscape. Planning and implementation has been ongoing for over six years.
Steep Rock Reservation Located in Washington Depot, Connecticut, this 2000 acre preserve incorporates lands along the Shepaug River. The Steep Rock board was interested in planning for the future management of the reservation as it related to passive recreation, education and forest health. An inventory and analysis of the natural resources was performed as the basis for planning and management recommendations.
Town of Wilton, Ct. Produced environmental assessment and land-use management plans for a 58-acre and 100-acre park. Using a plot transect system the natural resource base was inventoried including geology, hydrology, wildlife and vegetation. Management plans were reviewed in relation to park health and use impacts. Passive recreation management plans were developed to take maximum advantage of the parks resources while minimizing impacts.
Trust for Public Land: Frost Valley YMCA Examined the environmental implications of participation in the City of New Yorks watershed easement acquisition program. YMCA board members were concerned about tying up their future expansion options on the 4500-acre property. Working with TPL, EECOS developed a rational for joining the program that balanced environmental and economic considerations.