about us

At Biotope Forestry & Environmental, we specialize in forest management and endangered species surveys. Our 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.


Forest ManagementHabitat Conservation Plan.JPG

Our Services


Forest inventory & 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. In our time as a company, we have conducted forest inventory on approximately 90,000 acres of land in the eastern United States.  Whether your property is 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 assessments.  Biotope has extensive experience in implementing these surveys and can assist you in conducting Hazard Tree Assessment’s wherever they are needed or required. 

Conservation easements & Mitigation banks

A conservation or mitigation bank is privately, or publicly owned property that is managed for its natural resource components and values. In exchange for monitoring, managing, and permanently protecting the land, the bank sponsor can sell or transfer habitat credits to permitees who need to satisfy legal requirements and compensate for the environmental impacts of developmental projects.

Landowners who wish to monetize their property using conservation easements and mitigation banks need professional guidance from a team with expertise in threatened & endangered species/habitat ecology as well as real estate and the economics behind conservation finance.

gis Mapping

Biotope uses state-of-the-art hardware and software to create custom, detailed 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.

  • Project/stand mapping

  • Vegetative and soil mapping

  • Mapping the spread of forest pests & diseases

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.  Call us today for a free consultation regarding your property.


Flora & Fauna surveys

Biotope specializes in Indiana bat, Northern long-eared bat, and gray bat research, providing assistance to a range of clients both in the public and private sector.  We have created an assemblage of some the most diverse and experienced federally permitted bat biologists in the United States. Between Biotope and our partners at borealis Biological, we have seven decades of experience with threatened & endangered bat research. 

In addition to threatened & endangered bat surveys, our team consists of proven experts in implementing the following survey types:

  • Red-cockaded woodpecker surveys

  • Blanding’s turtle surveys

  • Massasauga rattlesnake surveys

  • Aquatic invertebrate surveys

  • Tiger beetle surveys

  • Butterfly surveys

  • Eastern box turtle surveys

  • Bird surveys

  • Acoustic surveys and monitoring

  • Botanical surveys

  • Habitat assessments

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.

wetland delineations

Wetland habitats are protected throughout the United States by various local, state, and federal regulations.  The boundary of a protected wetland is important to delineate before any construction or development is approved by various governmental agencies. Additionally, locating wetland boundaries is an important factor to consider in land purchases if the best development strategy for a given property and the amount of effort required to maintain compliance with governmental agencies is to be fully understood.

Biotope partners with a geographically diverse team of wetland scientists in the southeastern US that have conducted delineations across a wide range of ecosystem types in the region.  We are confident in our ability to perform wetland delineations in a timely and economical manner while upholding all requirements set forth by various governmental agencies throughout the southeast.

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




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 wildlife conservation services with the unique ability to infuse these two components.



Dylan brooks

vice president | owner

Dylan has more than 10 years of project experience in ecological and environmental services as well as two separate 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 clients in the public and private sector.  

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.



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.