Today’s land-use decisions require specialized expertise in identification and classification of streams, lakes and wetlands when meeting regulatory requirements for industry and urban development. VA Poulin is a leading riparian specialist in site application of riparian regulations who offers consultation on all aspects of water, soil and fish habitat protection.
Vegetation is the cement that holds watersheds together and an essential component of fish habitat. By combining traditional silvicultural methods such as thinning, brushing, spacing, and planting with innovative fish and wildlife habitat restoration techniques, the company has speeded ecological recovery on more than 350 hectares of riparian forest. Expertise is offered in assessment, prescriptions, supervision, implementation and effectiveness monitoring
Poorly maintained or constructed roadways like the one shown have the potential to cause serious impacts to fish and water quality. Stream side protection laws contain provisions for safe fish passage. Selecting a suitable structure requires evaluation of fish habitat capability by a qualified professional. Structures must meet specified standards based on the use of the waterway by fish and may require referral to regulatory agencies. VA Poulin assisted the Province in developing standards for stream crossing design and construction that meet requirements for safe fish passage. Expertise is provided in crossing selection, drainage and erosion control.
VA Poulin offers specially designed training programs to meet requirements for stream and wetland classification and environmental protection. He has delivered training sessions Province wide and hosts training courses annually in Northeast British Columbia on stream and wetland classification for application by oil and gas and forestry workers. Environmental extension courses include: Poulin Method (Stream Classification), NCD-Stream Identification, BC Hydro AWPRV Certification, Wetland Identification and Classification, Culvert Assessment Procedure, Tree and Shrub Identification.
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