ICF Environment Restoration + Conservation

Restoration + Conservation

ICF International applies leadership and innovative problem solving to help clients with restoration and conservation of natural areas in full compliance with environmental regulations.



ICF has more than 40 years of hands-on experience in wildlife habitat conservation, working to conserve and re-create environmental areas for natural resources, including:

  • Wetlands
  • Wildlife areas
  • Rivers, lakes, and shorelines
  • Forests
  • Fisheries
  • Parks

Our experts focus solely on sustainable environmental solutions. We have dedicated careers to helping clients create self-sustaining and dynamically functioning natural habitats in harmony with human population growth.

ICF’s environmental restoration and conservation expertise includes engineering, biological analysis, hydrology, policy analysis, climate change analysis, regulatory compliance, and community outreach. We offer a unique blend of local presence and national reach and understand the complex interplay of transportation, energy, and environment.

From sophisticated modeling to charting migration patterns with geographic information systems (GIS) to analyzing and responding to public opinion with our proprietary CommentWorks® software, ICF appropriately employs the latest technology to achieve our clients’ restoration and conservation goals.


Featured Resources

  • Clear leader in ecosystem restoration services—ICF’s expert watershed planning and habitat restoration teams are experienced in planning, designing, permitting, constructing, and monitoring watershed management plans and aquatic and terrestrial habitat restoration projects.
  • Broad range of restoration planning—ICF is highly experienced in a wide variety of unique aquatic and terrestrial habitats—marine, estuarine, intertidal, freshwater wetland, rivers, streams, riparian vegetation, grasslands, and woodland and forests—and ensures that threatened and endangered species planning and protection are incorporated into our client’s transportation, energy, or planning goals.
  • Stream and wetland restoration design—ICF provides all the technical elements necessary for the planning and design of successful restoration projects, including site assessment of existing conditions and historical ecology; ecosystem habitat modeling; hydrology and hydraulic analysis and modeling; engineering; permitting compliance; construction plans, cost estimates, and oversight; monitoring and adaptive management; and response to climate change.
  • Phased restoration design process—ICF identifies how we can best serve our clients’ needs through a phased process that includes developing restoration goals and objectives, conducting site analyses, developing alternative conceptual restoration designs and selecting a preferred alternative, preparing permit applications and construction plans and specifications, and overseeing project construction.
  • Grant writing—ICF has an excellent record of acquiring state and federal grants for stream, river, and wetland restoration projects due to our detailed understanding of data requirements for each grant source and our ability to correctly match projects with the best grant sources.
  • Nationally recognized and award-winning expertise—ICF staff members author books, teach, and present papers on ecosystem restoration, wetlands, and the environmental regulatory compliance process
  • Habitat conservation planning—ICF provides the full range of services necessary for integrated habitat conservation planning, including development, environmental compliance, implementation, and public involvement for conservation plans.
  • Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) preparation—ICF leads the conservation planning process with expertise in the following key areas—conservation biology, natural resource management and habitat restoration, land and water use planning, regulatory compliance, economic analysis, public involvement and outreach, and spatial analysis using geographic information systems (GIS).
  • Multi-species and regional HCPs—ICF has prepared multi-species and regional HCPs and other conservation plans in a wide range of habitats, land use settings, and political climates and in compliance with the Endangered Species Act, state endangered species acts, and natural community conservation plans.
  • Partnering with many public and private clients—ICF has partnered with many public and private clients to prepare and implement HCPs for a variety of projects, including water storage and delivery, energy, urban development, timber, transportation, and park planning.
  • CALFED Bay-Delta Program
  • California Department of Transportation (Caltrans)
  • Chelan County Natural Resource Department
  • Cities, Counties, Utility Districts, Special Districts
  • Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation
  • Georgia Pacific West, Inc.
  • National Heritage Institute
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA)
    • National Marine Fisheries Service
  • Oregon Department of Forestry
  • Pacific Gas and Electric
  • San Francisco International Airport
  • San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
  • Santa Clara Valley Water District
  • Southern California Association of Governments
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • TransAlta Centralia Mining LLC
  • U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)
    • Army Corps of Engineers
    • Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center
  • U.S. Department of Interior
    • Bureau of Reclamation (USBR)
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)
  • U.S. National Park Service (NPS)
  • Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP)

    Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) - Delivering Expert Science and Regulatory Compliance to Help Secure California's Water Supply and Restore the Bay Delta Ecosystem.

    ICF supports the Bay Delta Conservation plan by delivering expert science and regulatory compliance to help secure California's water supply and restore the Bay Delta ecosystem.

  • Project

    Malibu Lagoon Restoration and Enhancement Project

    ICF is currently working with the Resource Conservation District of the Santa Monica Mountains, California Coastal Conservancy, and the California Department of Parks and Recreation to prepare detailed plans and specifications to guide restoration of Malibu Lagoon, the second largest watershed draining into Santa Monica Bay.

  • Project

    Wind Capital Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP)

    ICF is assisting Pandion Systems in preparing the HCP and environmental assessment (EA) for a proposed wind farm in northern Missouri. ICF is providing strategic review of the HCP and assistance with the biological goals and objectives.

  • Project

    West Tributary of Kelsey Creek Stream Restoration

    Working with Bellevue Park’s staff, ICF developed a stream and wetland restoration plan that was submitted to local, state, and federal agencies for approval. The restoration plan focused on relocating a portion of the stream to its historic channel.

  • Project

    Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) and Natural Community Conservation Plan (NCCP)

    ICF prepared a joint HCP/NCCP and associated Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the eastern half of East Contra Costa County (175,000 acres), where rapid urban development had led to conflicts with endangered species and their habitat.

  • Project

    Napa River Rutherford Reach Restoration Project

    ICF prepared preliminary engineering plans to support efforts to develop a multi-objective restoration plan for the 4.5-mile Rutherford Reach of the Napa River. The project focused on stabilizing the river to protect adjacent vineyard land and infrastructure by restoring natural physical and processes.

  • Project

    Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) Implementation

    San Joaquin Council of Governments (SJCOG) retained ICF to provide preserve land manager services to assist SJCOG staff in the implementation of the San Joaquin Multi-Species Habitat Conservation and Open Space Plan (SJMSCP).

  • Project

    Nason Creek Oxbow Reconnection Project

    ICF collaborated with the CCNRD to obtain a 2006 Salmon Recovery Funding Board grant to develop project alternatives, 35-percent design plans, and a construction cost estimate. As part of the alternatives analysis and design process, ICF conducted a wetland and stream delineation and collected baseline geomorphic, streambed sediment size, water temperature, geotechnical, and sediment contaminant data.

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