The INL Ecological Support for Land Management Program


The ESER team provides ecological support to the Department of Energy-Idaho for land management issues at the INL. The DOE-ID, as landholder of the INL, has a stewardship responsibility to know and understand the environmental resources of the INL, and also has legal obligation to address any potential impacts to these resources. ESER's objectives in the area of service and support to DOE-ID are:

  • Perform and interpret vegetation surveys.
  • Perform wildlife surveys.
  • Conduct field investigations and offer ecological recommendations for the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process. NEPA requires all federal agencies to consider environmental impacts of proposed actions before selecting alternative approaches. ESER will provide expertise and advice to DOE-ID personnel in meeting these requirements.
  • Assess the impacts of natural phenomena at the INL, including fire, drought and cyclical weather patterns.
  • Serve as point-of-contact for the exchange of technical information with Native American Tribes, and State and Federal land management and wildlife agencies.


Ecological Support Links

Plant Ecology


Wildlife Ecology


Conservation Management






Identification Resources