West Fork's roots are in traditional field biology applied in forested and aquatic settings.
Many of our environmental services are enhanced by the application of highly complementary PIT tag technology. Our broad background in field biology informs the way we work with you to identify innovative solutions for your research or monitoring project.
Our fisheries services often operate at the intersection between conservation, policy, land use practices and restoration initiatives.
We assist forestland managers in complying with forest practices rules as well as adherence to certifiable standards.
We develop research and monitoring strategies to characterize populations and critical habitat.
We are certified in conducting jurisdictional wetland determinations and delineations.
West Fork was contracted by the dam owner to design and fabricate PIT antennas for detection of American eel and sturgeon through their newly constructed removable bypass.
West Fork has partnered with Stillwater Sciences to monitor the potential fish entrainment at Robbs Peak Powerhouse to determine when and at what flow fish migration is occurring, and at what flow entrainment, if any, is occurring.
West Fork Environmental staff worked with members of Normandeau & Associates to measure stream flow and characterize physical habitat conditions across 6 geomorphic reaches of the Chehalis and South Fork Chehalis Rivers.
Biologists from West Fork Environmental conducted instantaneous stream discharge measurements at 28 sites on 12 major tributaries within the Queets Watershed, including the Queets and Clearwater Rivers
West Fork Environmental has done extensive habitat and animal surveys for forestry clients throughout Skamania and Klickitat Counties in Washington between 2008 and 2015 for the threatened western gray squirrel and other squirrel species.
West Fork Environmental is currently engaged in a project using wildlife cameras to document the presence of Humboldt marten in managed forest stands in the Central Coast Range of Oregon
West Fork Environmental installed four PIT tag antennas in Ohop Creek, near Eatonville, WA, to collect data leading to a better understanding of the relative importance and role of the newly restored reach on movement and residence patterns of juvenile coho within the upper system.
West Fork Environmental provided field crews to Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) in support of fisheries research and monitoring in the Cedar River Municipal Watershed for six years. Our field support for spawning ground surveys covered multiple species and locations in the watershed including kokanee salmon, Chinook and coho salmon, bull trout and pygmy whitefish.
West Fork Environmental assessed the quality and stage-related connectivity and suitability of redband trout spawning habitat within a reach of the Spokane River where normal sediment transport processes have been altered by dams and impoundments over the past century.
West Fork annually conducts surveys for the presence/absence of fish for its forestry clients to verify regulatory stream typing prior to timber harvest. Over the past ten years we have conducted over 3,700 protocol stream surveys for Washington clients alone to determine physical barriers to fish movement, resulting in a large number of changes to portions of the Washington Department of Natural Resources hydro-layer.