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Photo of a rehabilitated owl being released back onto the Hanford Site.

The Hanford site encompasses 586 square miles of shrub steppe habitat that has been protected from human disturbances since the early 1940’s as part of the Manhattan project. Most of the Hanford site was a buffer for the production activities and incidentally preserved the biological diversity of the arid landscape that supports and abundance of native plant and wildlife communities. HMIS’s Ecological Monitoring team monitors the biota including State and Federally listed species to assess the abundance, vigor or condition, and distribution on the Hanford Site. The associated data is used by U.S. Department of Energy and Hanford Site contractors to support environmental cleanup and restoration activities, mitigation actions, and land use planning, and to maintain compliance with ecological resource laws.
 
HMIS’s Ecological Compliance staff conducts ecological compliance reviews for most projects on the Hanford site to determine if the proposed scope of work will adversely impact biological resources, and to provide recommendations to reduce environmental impacts. These reviews are conducted in support of the National Environmental Protection Act, Endangered Species Act, Migratory Bird Treaty Act, and other laws and regulations. 
 
HELPFUL LINKS
Management Plans
Administrative Buffers
Monitoring Reports
 
BIRDS
   
Bald Eagles Monitoring Report
 
 
Burrowing Owl Monitoring Report
 
 
Raptor Nest Monitoring Report
 
 
Roadside Bird Surveys Report
 
 
Long-Billed Curlew Monitoring Report
 
 
FISH
 
 
Chinook Red Monitoring Report
 
 
Steelhead Red Monitoring Report
 
 
HERPETPFAUNA
 
 
Snake Monitoring Report
 
 
Reptile Monitoring Report
 
 
Anuran Monitoring Report
 
 
Snake Hibernacula Monitoring Report
 
 
INVERTEBRATES
 
 
Bee Nest Box Monitoring Report
 
 
Freshwater Mussel Monitoring Report
 
 
MAMMALS
   
Mule Deer/Elk Monitoring Report
 
 
Bat Maternity Roosts Monitoring Report
 
 
Black-tailed Jackrabbit Monitoring Report
 
 
Ground Squirrel Monitoring Report
 
 
American Badger Monitoring Report
2015 (PDF)

 
 
 
VEGETATION
 
 
Revegetation Monitoring Report
 
 
Upland Monitoring Report
 
 
Post-Fire Monitoring Report
 
 
Rare Plant Monitoring Report
Last Updated 04/10/2024 10:55 AM