Species and Resource Planning
PC Trask has broad experience in the development and implementation of species and resource plans, especially for species protected under the Endangered Species Act. PC Trask has been influential in several keystone planning processes including:
NOAA Fisheries Lower Columbia River Estuary Recovery Plan Module for Salmon and Steelhead. The estuary module was appended onto all NOAA recovery plans in the Columbia River basin.
Bonneville Power Administration, US Army Corps of Engineers, and Bureau of Reclamation estuary mitigation architecture of the Biological Assessment for the continued operations of the Federal Columbia River Power System. The resulting Biological Opinion established the mitigation requirements and structure for Columbia River estuary mitigation through 2018.
Wild Salmon Center and NOAA Fisheries Oregon Coast Coho Business Plan. The Strategic Action Plans developed with local stakeholders guide local investments for the recovery of listed coho.
PC Trask is assisting both the US Fish and Wildlife Service and NOAA Fisheries with the assessment of a proposed project's impacts on several protected species, most notably for the Service: the marbled murrelet and northern spotted owl, and for NOAA Fisheries: salmonids and marine mammals.
PC Trask applies a restoration planning approach that is transparent and engaging to the client. We apply proven methods paired with intimate knowledge of the floodplain to move a planning process forward. GIS is central to our process of restoration conceptualization, design, and feasibility analysis. Using GIS to explore spatial data, we have created unique tools to customize our perspective of the landscape in order to identify unrealized restoration potential. Each restoration project is unique, so we use GIS to analyze each project and its expected impacts meticulously.
Planning and Policy Development
PC Trask helps its clients establish clear and strategic policies for natural resource programs. Bonneville Power Administration has contracted with PC Trask for nearly a decade to help their Estuary Program effectively and efficiently support salmon restoration below Bonneville Dam and to help inform research, monitoring and evaluation efforts throughout the Columbia River Basin. PC Trask also helped the Army Corps of Engineers in several major planning efforts (e.g., Lower Columbia General Investigation Study and Beneficial Use of Dredged Material Design Guidelines) and provides support to their ecosystem restoration authority (Section 536) and Continuing Authorities Program (CAP).
In addition to policy and planning support to the federal agencies, PC Trask has led major restoration planning initiatives, including support for entities such as the Vancouver Lake Watershed Partnership in the development of the Partnerships Recommendations Report, funding support for the Paradise Point Water Supply Project by Clark Public Utilities, and several estuary restoration projections by Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife, Columbia Land Trust, CREST, and the Port of Portland. These entities and others, continue to enlist PC Trask to provide leadership, tailored policies, and strategic approaches to natural resource issues.
Most everything we do at PC Trask involves the use of spatial data to analyze natural resource issues and tell a compelling story of lasting solutions. We create and manage databases to organize and house the myriad of spatial data we use on a daily basis, including data that we collect in the field, data we develop in our GIS shop, and data we acquire from collaborators and other sources for each project. We specialize in the creation of functional yet aesthetic cartographic figures, allowing our clients to easily interpret spatial data and their fundamental messages. Each figure is tailor-fit to client and project needs and reflects our attention to detail and our thorough internal review and editing processes.