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Ecological Monitoring

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. 
Management Plans
Administrative Buffers
Monitoring Reports
Bald Eagles Monitoring Report
Burrowing Owl Monitoring Report
Raptor Nest Monitoring Report
Roadside Bird Surveys Report
Long-Billed Curlew Monitoring Report
Chinook Red Monitoring Report
Steelhead Red Monitoring Report
Snake Monitoring Report
Reptile Monitoring Report
Anuran Monitoring Report
Snake Hibernacula Monitoring Report
Bee Nest Box Monitoring Report
Freshwater Mussel Monitoring Report
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)

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