ICF Environment Natural Resource Management

Natural Resource Management

ICF International supports government agencies, nonprofits, and private companies with natural resource management to protect, conserve, and preserve natural resources, including wetlands, wildlife habitats, and fisheries.



ICF’s experienced scientists, technical experts, and regulatory specialists deliver skilled problem solving and creative thinking to help natural resource management clients navigate today’s intense competition for resources.

Whether evaluating the footprint of a new electric transmission line or anticipating the environmental impact of a new federal regulation, ICF professionals bring more than four decades of experience in hands-on natural resource management fieldwork and sophisticated analysis to our clients’ complex, sometimes controversial projects.

We support natural resource management of wetlands, wildlife habitat areas, and fisheries with assistance in:

  • Conducting environmental and technical studies, analyses, and inventories
  • Planning resource management projects on U.S. federally managed lands, particularly those that require special-use permits
  • Designing and implementing compliance, permitting, monitoring, and mitigation strategies
  • Developing habitat conservation plans for a wide range of species and habitats
  • Using resource modeling and quantitative analysis, including advanced biometrics
  • Implementing strategic communication and public outreach
  • Monitoring construction projects for environmental compliance

Featured Resources

  • Environmental compliance assistance—ICF provides NEPA, CEQA, and SEPA compliance support and Endangered Species Act (ESA) consultation, including preparing legally defensible environmental assessments, Environmental Impact Statements, Environmental Intelligence Reports, and other environmental evaluations. ICF’s biologists and botanists conduct special-status species surveys for diverse projects in support of regulatory compliance and permitting.
  • Habitat and biodiversity conservation planning—ICF leads the conservation planning process from plan development to implementation. We apply scientific principles of conservation biology to local conditions to create biologically based plans to mitigate and conserve target species and habitats and comply with the federal ESA and other conservation plans, state regulations, and other needs.
  • Land management planning—ICF supports natural resource and land management planning projects on federally managed lands throughout the West, including BLM resource management plans, Forest Service land management plans and special-use permits, and USFWS comprehensive conservation plans and land protection plans.
  • Mitigation and monitoring services—ICF plans, designs, implements, and monitors mitigation strategies in terrestrial, wetland, and other aquatic habitats for a wide variety of projects. Our specialty biological work includes nesting bird surveys, fish removal and exclusion, rare plant identification and protection, and monitoring of the effects of pile driving on aquatic species.
  • Wetland inventories and delineation—ICF conducts wetland inventories and delineations, performs impact and constraints analyses, assist clients with permitting, and designs effective mitigation plans and construction documents. Our wetland specialists have completed basic and advanced wetland delineation training through the National Science Training Cooperative, the Wetland Training Institute, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
  • Fisheries and marine biology—ICF conducts fish use and habitat inventories, evaluates fish passage, prepares fisheries technical studies, plans and evaluates fish habitat restoration projects, and provides on-the-ground solutions for mitigating fisheries impacts and improving fisheries management. Our marine biologists conduct studies including underwater habitat evaluation, submerged aquatic vegetation (sea grass and macroalgae) surveys, shellfish studies, fisheries analyses, and benthic invertebrate studies.
  • Invasive species management—ICF assists clients with detecting and managing invasive species such as noxious weeds, agricultural pests, and exotic aquatic species.
  • Resource modeling and quantitative analysis—ICF uses state-of-the-art models to support client needs. Our Ecosystem Diagnosis and Treatment (EDT) 3.0 model helps in species recovery and resource management and can be applied in both aquatic and terrestrial environments.
  • Training—ICF provides training on environmental compliance, natural resources management, and habitat conservation planning and implementation through state universities and federal training centers, as well as directly to clients.
  • Bonneville Power Administration
  • California Department of Fish and Game
  • California Department of Transportation (Caltrans)
  • California Department of Water Resources
  • Cities, counties, utility districts, other local districts, and agencies
  • Land developers
  • Oregon Department of Transportation
  • Pacific Gas and Electric
  • Portland Gas and Electric, Oregon
  • San Diego Gas & Electric
  • Sierra Pacific Power Company
  • Southern California Edison
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
    • Forest Service
  • U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)
    • Army Corps of Engineers
  • U.S. Department of Interior
    • Bureau of Land Management (BLM)
    • Bureau of Reclamation (USBR)
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)
  • U.S. General Services Administration (contracting vehicle)
  • Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT)
  • Western Area Power Administration
  • Project

    Bighorn Basin Resource Management Plan

    ICF’s work on the Bighorn Basin Resource Management Plan (RMP) Revision Project is a combined effort involving the revision of RMPs for both the BLM Cody Field Office and BLM Worland Field Office, as well as preparing the associated Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Records of Decision (ROD).

  • Project

    California Coastal National Monument Resource Management Plan

    ICF prepared an award-winning long-range management plan and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the California Coastal National Monument, which includes more than 20,000 islands, rocks, and islets along the entire California coast.

  • Project

    Mad River Bridge Replacement Project Biological Monitoring During Construction

    The US 101 bridges over the Mad River are two of the many bridges maintained by Caltrans being replaced due to seismic deficiencies. ICF assisted Caltrans with the evaluation, permitting, mitigation development, and agency negotiation for the project and is conducting the four-year construction monitoring program.

  • Project

    Johnson Creek Biological Modeling and Analysis

    ICF is assisting the City of Portland with recovery of salmon species listed as threatened under the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA) by conducting technical analyses and fish-habitat modeling that will evaluate conservation and restoration actions in the Johnson Creek watershed.

  • Project

    Environmental Projects for NASA Ames Research Center

    ICF has worked on several projects supporting NASA's Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California.

  • Project

    Environmental Program Support Services for FAA's Office of Commercial Space Transportation

    ICF assists FAA in completing the NEPA analyses required for licenses and permits for commercial space launch operations; complying with special purpose laws related to NEPA; developing NEPA analysis tools; and supporting the office’s environmental management system (EMS).

  • Project

    Vancouver Island Transmission Reinforcement (VITR) Project Implementation Phase

    ICF assisted British Columbia Transmission Corporation (BCTC) with monitoring and mitigation for the Vancouver Island Transmission Reinforcement Project. ICF was hired to implement the eelgrass monitoring plan in U.S. waters and develop a nearshore/upland mitigation plan as required by agency permits for the VITR submarine cable removal and installation project.

  • Project

    Entiat River Preston Reach Project

    ICF worked closely with the Bureau of Reclamation, the Interdisciplinary Team, and Entiat Habitat and Species Conservation (HSC) to interpret data, select and design alternatives, and ultimately select preferred alternatives at multiple salmon-recovery sites.

Contact Info

info [at] icfi [dot] com

+1.703.934.3603 or +1.800.532.4783

9300 Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA 22031-1207 USA

Find an ICF Office near you »


© Copyright 1992–2016 ICF International, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
9300 Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA. www.icfi.com