The Environmental Surveillance, Education and Research (ESER) contractor has historically collected data on several key groups of wildlife that occupy the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) Site, including Greater Sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus), raptors, rabbits/hares, breeding birds, and bats. These surveys provide the U.S. Department of Energy, Idaho Operations Office (DOE-ID) with an understanding of how these species use the INL Site, and context for analyzing historical trends. This information is often used in National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documents and enables DOE-ID officials to make informed decisions for project planning and to maintain up-to-date information on potentially sensitive species on the INL Site.
These surveys also support DOE-ID’s compliance with several regulations, agreements, policies and executive orders including:
California myotis (Myotis californicus)
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