Brudis & Associates, Inc. (BAI) was responsible for the environmental assessment on the Emily Bayless Graham Property project located in the City of Bel Air, in Harford County, Maryland. The proposed study area was approximately 69 acres. The site primarily is forested with a few structures located on it. The purpose of this environmental assessment was to help determine any future development planning guidelines that may need to be considered for the development of the park with minimal disturbance. The environmental assessment of the project consisted of completing a Topography, Geology, Soils, and Water Resources Assessment; a Wildlife Assessment; and a Vegetation Type Inventory.
- Topography, Geology, Soils, and Water Resources Assessment: The project involved studying the topography, streams, slopes, and soils and their potential or limitations for recreational use.
- Wildlife Assessment: In order to complete the wildlife assessment, the BAI team collected and reviewed existing data in the study area, established a comprehensive bird, reptile, fish, amphibian, and mammal identification system for local, seasonal, and migratory animals, completed a field verification of wildlife using foot surveys, and prepared field maps of all of the findings.
- Vegetation Type Inventory: As a part of the vegetation type inventory, the BAI team worked to establish a vegetation mapping approach, collected and reviewed the existing vegetation data in the study area, established a comprehensive vegetation/tree identification system, and completed a field verification of vegetation using foot surveys.
- Client: Harford County Department of Parks & Recreation
- Year: 2015
- Project Type: Water Resources Engineering Watershed Management