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Need help evaluating tree health? FELSI has an ISA Certified Arborist®.

This scope of work includes fieldwork to perform a site evaluation and measurements required for dock/seawall design. The permit applications will include all necessary information for processing. FELSI will provide assistance in designing the dock structures and permit drawings. The state and federal permit applications for the dock will be prepared and submitted to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Gopher Tortoises are a Keystone species in Florida, with over 350 species relying on their burrows. They are found throughout the Southeast and like dry, sandy areas with plenty of sunshine and vegetation to eat. It is easy to cohabitate with these Tortoises in most circumstances and the best course of action is usually to let them live their life, undisturbed, alongside you. However, sometimes this is not possible and action is scheduled to occur that would impact the Tortoise or their burrow. That is where we come in!

The Gopher Tortoise is a threatened species, and both the tortoise and their burrow are protected from harassment or disturbance under Chapter 68A-27 F.A.C. within the jurisdiction of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). Capture and relocation of this species can only be done by individuals who have received authorization from FWC.

FELSI has FWC permitted Gopher Tortoise Agents on staff, that are authorized in the survey, capture, and relocation of the protected species. Our staff is experienced in following the approved practices found in the Gopher Tortoise Permitting Guidelines manual issued by FWC and will work to assist you through the entire permitting process.

As part of the NFI process, FELSI performs a wetland delineation based upon State and Federal guidelines. The wetland line is flagged using numbered flagging tape marked as Wetland Delineation. Wetland points or locations are collected concurrent with the fieldwork using GPS. A general and protected species survey is also conducted in conjunction with the fieldwork and GPS used to locate any observed environmental features.

FELSI then prepares and submits the Natural Features Inventory application including all necessary components for review by the appropriate staff.

If endangered and/or protected species are found on site, additional fieldwork or mapping of those species may be required.

The purpose of a Phase I ESA is to identify, to the extent feasible and by the processes prescribed, any ‘recognized environmental conditions’, associated with a subject property. This process is often required by lenders in association with real estate transactions, in the due diligence period, or for personal assurance when purchasing a property.

FELSI conducts Phase I ESAs in accordance with the ASTM Designation E1527-21, ASTM Standards on Environmental Site Assessments for Commercial Real Estate, dated 2021 (ASTM E 1527-21) and the United States Environmental Protection Agencies’ final “All Appropriate Inquiries (AAI)” rule (40 CFR Part 312).

The Phase I ESA process includes:

  • A background records review
  • Site reconnaissance
  • Interviews with current and prospective owners
  • Report with a summarization of findings, opinions, and conclusions
*For larger rural tracts of land or forestland, FELSI also conducts Phase I ESAs in accordance with the ASTM Designation E2247-16, ASTM Standards on Environmental Site Assessment Process for Forestland or Rural Property, dated 2016 (ASTM E2247-16).

FELSI can help with your Due Diligence through our ‘Development Potential Analysis’ process.

During a DPA we research property features such as:

  • Wetlands/Surface waters
  • FEMA Floodplain
  • Threatened/Endangered Species
  • County/HOA regulated building setbacks

This information can then be used to calculate an area of buildable land so you can make a more educated decision in future home and driveway placement, as well as, provide guidance for any permitting needs.