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Accession Number DE2012-1045363
Title Ecological Monitoring and Compliance Program, 2011.
Publication Date Jul 2012
Media Count 130p
Personal Author D. B. Hall D. C. Anderson D. J. Hansen P. D. Greger W. K. Ostler
Abstract The Ecological Monitoring and Compliance (EMAC) Program, funded through the U.S. Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration Nevada Site Office (NNSA/NSO), monitors the ecosystem of the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) and ensures compliance with laws and regulations pertaining to NNSS biota. This report summarizes the programs activities conducted by National Security Technologies, LLC (NSTec), during calendar year 2011. Program activities included (a) biological surveys at proposed construction sites, (b) desert tortoise compliance, (c) ecosystem monitoring, (d) sensitive plant species monitoring, (e) sensitive and protected/regulated animal monitoring, (f) habitat restoration monitoring, and (g) monitoring of the Nonproliferation Test and Evaluation Complex (NPTEC). During 2011, all applicable laws, regulations, and permit requirements were met, enabling EMAC to achieve its intended goals and objectives. Sensitive and protected/regulated species of the NNSS include 42 plants, 1 mollusk, 2 reptiles, 236 birds, and 27 mammals. These species are protected, regulated, or considered sensitive according to state or federal regulations and natural resource agencies and organizations. The desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizii) is the only species on the NNSS protected under the Endangered Species Act. Biological surveys for the presence of sensitive and protected/regulated species and important biological resources on which they depend were conducted for 31 projects. A total of 230.21 hectares (ha) (568.86 acres (ac)) was surveyed for these projects. Sensitive and protected/regulated species and important biological resources found during these surveys included 1 desert tortoise, 15 desert tortoise burrows, 1 kit fox (Vulpes velox macrotis) burrow, 4 predator burrows, mature Joshua trees (Yucca brevifolia), Mojave Yucca (Yucca schidigera), and cacti. NSTec provided to project managers a written summary report of all survey findings and mitigation recommendations, where applicable. All flagged desert tortoise burrows were avoided during project activities.
Keywords Animals
Biological surveys
Compliance
Construction
Deserts
Ecology
Habitat
Laws
Monitoring
Natural resource management
Nevada test site
Regulations
Security

 
Source Agency Technical Information Center Oak Ridge Tennessee
NTIS Subject Category 57H - Ecology
48B - Natural Resource Management
97R - Environmental Studies
68 - Environmental Pollution & Control
Corporate Author National Security Technologies, LLC., Las Vegas, NV.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note N/A
NTIS Issue Number 1226
Contract Number DE-AC52-06NA25946

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