EAI's scientists have conducted a variety of habitat assessments in both wetland and upland environments. Delineation and characterization of wetland plant communities is typically required in support of permit applications for land development, dock/marina construction, utility corridor selection, bridge crossings, and similar projects potentially affecting wetlands vegetation. Assessment of natural communities is an integral part of habitat conservation planning, public lands management, and permitting for land development. These latter assessments involve classification and mapping of plant communities and surveys for state and federally protected species that are likely to occur there. This information is then used to develop measures to minimize impacts to sensitive natural resources during and following project construction.