WILDLIFE BIOLOGISTS, BOTANISTS, CARTOGRAPHERS, CONSERVATION SCIENTISTS, LAND STEWARDSHIP EXPERTS, & MORE
Conservation Ecology provides ecological inventory and conservation planning services to clients involved in land conservation projects. We identify what makes a property biologically unique, how the property can contribute to biodiversity conservation, and how to make meaningful conservation happen. We are based in the Blue Ridge mountains of western North Carolina and work throughout North America. Services include:
- Detailed botanical and wildlife inventories by highly skilled field naturalists
- Classification and mapping of natural vegetation communities and habitats
- Adaptive habitat management planning for biodiversity using the Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation, including the development of ecological indicators and monitoring plans
- Applied ecological research to inform land management
- GIS spatial analysis, cartography, and customized mapping
- Baseline documentation reports and compliance monitoring for conservation easement and land trust related projects
- Analysis of potential ecological impacts from development proposals and land use scenarios
- Expert witness testimony at trial
- Professional wildlife photography
- Drone photography & mapping - we produce high-resolution, current orthophotos, 3D models, and digital surface models. Great for Baseline Document Reports!
Our wildlife techniques include:
- acoustic bat surveys using automated ultrasonic recorders
- camera trapping
- point count sampling of bird populations, including distance-based density estimation
- small mammal, amphibian, and reptile live-trapping
- analysis of wildlife monitoring data, including estimates of abundance and occupancy
- spatially explicit habitat modeling
- detection and population estimation of rare and elusive animal species using noninvasive genetic sampling, including DNA barcoding and environmental DNA (eDNA) sampling (learn more here)
- radio-telemetry monitoring of animal movements, including home range estimation and analysis of habitat use
Christopher R. Wilson is a conservation scientist, wildlife ecologist, and principal of Conservation Ecology LLC. For over 20 years he has served private landowners, land trusts, philanthropies, government agencies, and research institutions around the country. He is author of the book Documenting and Protecting Biodiversity on Land Trust Projects published by the Land Trust Alliance. View Chris's LinkedIn profile.
CHRISTOPHER R WILSON (2011) DOCUMENTING AND PROTECTING BIODIVERSITY ON LAND TRUST PROJECTS: AN INTRODUCTION AND PRACTICAL GUIDE. LAND TRUST ALLIANCE
This user-friendly guide bridges the gap between conservation biology and its application to typical land trust projects. Intended for land trusts, landowners, biologists, planners, and students, the handbook explains what biodiversity is, how it's conserved, what types of biological information are most useful, and how to gather such information through reviews of freely-available data sources and on-the-ground biological inventories. The book also explains how to apply biological information to standard land protection tasks, such as project selection, fundraising, drafting conservation easement language, compiling baseline documentation, writing management plans, and how the information helps land trust projects conform to IRS Treasury regulations and Land Trust Standards and Practices.