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about us

At Biotope Forestry & Environmental, we specialize in forest management and endangered bat surveys. Our unique skill set allows us to provide customized solutions to an array of clients ranging from timber investment organizations to energy companies. We pride ourselves on providing top tier services to our clients by pairing traditional, field-tested methods with modern, innovative techniques.  In doing this we are able to carry out research in a manner that is more thorough, efficient, and economical than the competition.

  

 
 
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Our Services

 

Forest inventory and assessment

Conducting a forest inventory & assessment is the initial phase of any forest management planning process.  Information gathered from a quantitative forest inventory improves our understanding of the community structure and species diversity of a forested ecosystem.  

At Biotope we have the technical knowledge, experience, and resources to provide this service across a multitude of forested ecosystems. Whether it be an upland forest in the Appalachian Mountains or a cypress/tupelo swamp in the bayous of Louisiana, Biotope can provide you with thorough and accurate forest inventory analysis using the most up to date and economically feasible methodology.


Hazard tree assessment

Hazard Tree Assessment is the process of evaluating the likelihood that part or all of a tree will fail (fall) and cause damage and/or injury. Hazard tree assessments are a key component in landscape planning and utility right-of-way assessment.  Biotope has extensive experience in implementing these surveys and can assist you in achieving the goals of your project.


Timber Marking

Marking timber is a valuable management tool that ensures a silvicultural prescription is implemented in accordance to the client's goals while upholding federal and state regulations in regards to protected species and forest communities.    

Biotope’s unique skill set allows us to not only formulate customized silvicultural prescriptions, but also gives us the ability to implement them using our expertise in detecting species/forest communities of ecological importance. 


gis Mapping

Mapping is an essential part of any type of natural resource planning process.  This invaluable tool assists in the delineation and management of the following:

  • Vegetative species composition
  • Soil types
  • Hydrological features
  • Forest insects & diseases. 

Biotope uses state-of-the-art hardware and technology to create custom maps using data gathered and verified in the field.  Our GIS capabilities include:

  • Data Collection and Analysis
  • Data Modeling
  • Aerial Imagery Interpretation using historical imagery and LiDAR.

Property Tax exemptions

We have the expertise to assist in the Special Land Use Application that potentially reduces the annual tax cost of a property.  Our service includes an assessment of the property’s natural resources, application review and, if necessary, preparation of a natural resource management plan.

 

Threatened/Endangered Bat surveys

We are proud to partner with borealis Biological, LLC  in implementing Indiana bat, Northern long-eared bat, and gray bat research to a diverse set of clients in the public and private sector. 

Through this partnership, we have created an assemblage of some the most diverse and experienced federally permitted  bat biologists in the Eastern United States. Between Biotope and borealis Biological, there are seven decades of threatened/endangered bat survey project experience.  Our expertise includes:

  • Summer mist net surveys
  • Habitat assessments
  • Post construction monitoring
  • Radio telemetry, both foraging and roost location
  • Winter habitat surveys
  • Acoustic surveys and monitoring
  • Portal Searches
  • Portal Netting


Forest Management/Habitat Conservation Plans

The second phase of natural resource planning is to create a management plan.  A management plan outlines the management goals of the property and the plan of action required to accomplish those goals.

Our extensive experience in wildlife conservation and forest management allows us to design and implement customized management plans that fit the needs of any project.  Our diverse background allows us to formulate management plans with virtually any goal in mind, including maintaining environmental compliance for protected wildlife species.

Whether your objectives consist of maximizing economic return or enhancing habitat for wildlife conservation, Biotope has the expertise to bring your goals to fruition in a timely and affordable manner.


Boundary line maintenence

Boundaries are one of the most overlooked aspects of forest management.  A well-maintained boundary protects the legal claim to your property, prevents trespassing and timber theft, ensures management activities stay within the property, and alleviates the need to pay a surveyor to resurvey the property.

Biotope can also assist you with contracting a reputable surveyor in your area.

Examine each question in terms of what is ethically and aesthetically right, as well as what is economically expedient.
— Aldo Leopold
 
 
 

our team

 

 
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Jay deatherage

president/owner

Jay began his pursuit in natural resources management while attending Stephen F. Austin State University in East Texas.  While in college, Jay worked as a student assistant taking part in a variety of studies that ranged from fish assemblages in a local watershed to roost ecology of the Rafinesque's big-eared bat and Southeastern myotis.  It was during this time that Jay discovered his passion for bat conservation. 

As soon as he obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Forest Wildlife Management, Jay acquired a role as a seasonal bat biologist in the Appalachia region where he conducted presence/absence surveys and habitat assessments for endangered bat species.  The next step in his career led him into the forestry industry, where he served as a consulting forester/wildlife biologist/wetland ecologist for 5 years, gaining a tremendous amount of project experience in a variety of industries. 

In 2017, Jay, along with Dylan Brooks, decided to form Biotope Forestry & Environmental, in order to offer both forest management and bat conservation services with the unique ability to infuse these two components.

 

 
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Dylan brooks

vice president/owner

Dylan has more than 9 years of project experience in ecological and environmental services as well as two degrees in Natural Resource Management and Conservation. In that time, he has conducted ecological field investigations on a variety of different project types, including forest inventory analysis and endangered species surveys for a diverse group of natural resource extraction companies.  

In addition to his technical knowledge, Dylan specializes in client relations and networking.  He prides himself on never having an unsatisfied client and will go above and beyond the competition in regards to completing contracts with unparalleled efficiency and positivity.

 
 
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John manuel

project manager

John has worked in environmental and forestry consulting for the past 9 years. In that time he has worked in a wide variety of positions conducting endangered species surveys and forest research management.  John has accrued a diverse set of clients in this time, with some of the most notable being Duke Forest and Sunoco.

John graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resource Conservation and Management from Western Carolina University after receiving an Associate of Applied Science in Forest Management Technology from Haywood Community College. In addition to his decorated education, John has a passion and drive for our field that simply cannot be taught. 

 
 
 

CONTACT US

Biotope is constantly seeking new clients and promoting a healthy rate of expansion for our company.  Feel free to contact us no matter your area of interest or need in the natural resource arena.