Telecommunications

Sycamore Environmental began providing biological expertise for telecommunications projects in the 1990s, during the massive expansion of fiber optics conduit installation routes in the Western states. To facilitate environmental regulatory compliance, we conducted special-status plant and wildlife species surveys and jurisdictional delineations, and prepared biological resources evaluations, biological assessments, mitigation plans, and environmental permits. During the construction phase, we conducted construction crew training for biological resources, conducted biological monitoring, and managed cultural resources monitoring on fiber optic long haul conduit installation projects throughout Northern and Southern California as well as local loops in metropolitan areas in the Bay Area, Santa Barbara County, and throughout Southern California.

We currently provide biological and cultural resource services for the siting of wireless communication towers in central California. Services include preparing environmental screenings in accordance with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Special Interest Items as outlined in 47 CFR, Section 1.1307 (a) (1) through (8), and review of items outlined by the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), known as the “NEPA Check." Also included in this evaluation process are Section 106 reviews governed by the Nationwide Programmatic Agreement for Review of Effects on Historic Properties for Certain Undertakings Approved by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC 2004) and the Nationwide Programmatic Agreement for the Collocation of Wireless Antennas (FCC 2001). For other projects, we have managed the preparation of FCC Form 620 and/or 621. These reviews entail requesting information from California SHPO and Native American Tribes and other consulting parties who could provide information regarding the potential for impact to historically significant items. In California, we have wireless communication tower project experience in Orange, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, and Yolo counties. We also have telecommunications project experience in Clark County, Nevada.