Otis Bay Environmental Consultants (OBEC)

Otis Bay Environmental Consultants (OBEC)

The primary mission of Otis Bay is to restore the processes and functions of native ecosystems so that they will sustain our biological heritage. We work for the restoration of physical and ecological processes that are able to recover and sustain an ecosystem’s indigenous organisms and promote the system’s values for humans. Otis Bay is capable of designing restoration projects that promote critical ecological functions by applying knowledge of natural environmental processes to disturbed systems.

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375, I-80 West, P.O. Box 919 , Verdi , Nevada 89439 USA
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Business Type:
Consulting firm
Industry Type:
Environmental
Market Focus:
Nationally (across the country)

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Since the mid 1800s, when European-style settlement dominated the western states, the aquatic and riparian resources have been in rapid decline.  Riverine and spring habitats are substantially more biologically rich than any other habitats in the West.  However, human-induced alterations threaten to dramatically change the western landscape and decrease the biological richness of these riparian habitats.  The founders and employees of Otis Bay Ecological Consultants are dedicated to restoring altered riparian systems to natural, self-sustaining ecosystems to preserve native biological diversity.

The primary mission of Otis Bay is to restore the processes and functions of native ecosystems so that they will sustain our biological heritage.  We work for the restoration of physical and ecological processes that are able to recover and sustain an ecosystem’s indigenous organisms and promote the system’s values for humans. Otis Bay is capable of designing restoration projects that promote critical ecological functions by applying knowledge of natural environmental processes to disturbed systems.  In order to restore a sustainable ecosystem, we employ the following methods:

  • Site assessments and studies of the physical and biological environment designed to understand the ecological processes that maintain the riverine, spring, or wetland environment, and support and sustain the indigenous wildlife.
  • Determine the degree of disturbance and describe the pre-disturbance condition.
  • Examine less disturbed sections of the project system, and/or an analog system in a similar environment to use as a restoration template.
  • Implement analytical techniques (e.g., hydraulic modeling and bed sediment transport calculations) to iteratively develop an appropriate restoration design.
  • Develop designs that are consistent with natural features and will be supported and sustained by natural processes.
  • Carry out restoration and enhancement designs through construction phase to promote ecological function and to perpetuate sensitive aquatic and riparian landscapes.

Otis Bay Ecological Consultants Statement of Qualifications

Otis Bay Ecological Consultants (OBEC) is a small ecological consulting firm based out of Washoe County, Nevada, whose primary specialties are river rehabilitation and enhancement, spring rehabilitation and enhancement, and upland landscape restoration of Great Basin and Mojave ecosystems. Otis Bay provides a unique mix of expertise in the fields of biological, environmental, and physical sciences as they apply to ecosystem restoration, ecosystem protection, and sustainable ecosystem recovery. Its team of experts has proven experience working with sensitive species and associated habitats, and has a record of completing successful restoration projects that have increased populations of conservation target species, while enhancing the aesthetic values of the land and creating opportunities for outdoor recreation.

An example of a desert spring project: Jackrabbit Spring post-fire restoration in Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge. OBEC transformed an impoundment with cattail and burnt tamarisk into a more natural meandering stream channel with native bunchgrass and willow shrub plant communities.

Mission Statement
The primary mission of OBEC is to restore the processes and functions of native ecosystems in order to sustain biological heritage. OBEC focuses on the restoration of physical and ecological processes to sustain an ecosystem¡¦s native species, while simultaneously promoting the system¡¦s values for human enjoyment. OBEC is capable of designing restoration projects that apply knowledge of natural environmental processes in disturbed systems to improve critical ecological functions. In order to restore a sustainable ecosystem, OBEC employs the following methods:

  • Site assessments and studies of the physical and biological environment are designed to understand the ecological processes that maintain riverine, spring, wetland, riparian, or upland environments, which in turn support and sustain the native plant and wildlife communities.
  • The pre-disturbance condition is characterized to determine the degree of disturbance.
  • Less disturbed sections of the project system, and/or an analog system in a similar environment are examined and used as models for a restoration template.
  • Analytical techniques (e.g., modeling and mapping) are implemented to develop appropriate restoration designs.
  • Designs are developed that are consistent with natural features and that will be supported and sustained by natural processes.