MB&G Acquires TerraSource Valuation, LLC

Mason, Bruce & Girard has acquired TerraSource Valuation, LLC, which adds offices in Charlotte, North Carolina and Blacksburg, Virginia, expanding timberland appraisal and related forestry services to the eastern U.S. and international markets.   MBG Press Release Acquisition of...

MB&G’s Foresters Welcomed As Guest Speakers On Forestry Podcasts

  MB&G is proud to announce that Edie Dooley and Mike Delegan were invited onto two forestry podcast shows to share their stories on what it is like to be a Forester. Edie, one of our Avery Foresters, discusses the joys and challenges of being a female forester in a male dominated industry. You can listen to her speak on Talking Forest’s 32nd episode “Forestry Women Who Rock: Edie Dooley”. Mike, a member of our Medford Forest Management team, shares how he got into consulting, offers advice for young aspiring professionals looking to get into this field, and much more. You can listen to him speak on The Leadership Nature Podcast’s 113th episode “As a Forestry Consultant, Every Day Is Different”. Click the links below to listen now! Forestry Women Who Rock: Edie Dooley As a Forestry Consultant, Every Day Is Different: Mike...

More Progress on Award Winning, Full Turnkey Mitigation Project for ODOT

Turnkey Mitigation for ODOT US 20: Pioneer Mountain to Eddyville  Project Update Representatives from multiple agencies visited the Big Elk Creek and Bull Creek Mitigation sites on April 17, 2018, to review completed project conditions and discuss overall project success. Attendees included representatives from the US Army Corps of Engineers, Oregon Department of Transportation, National Marine Fisheries Service, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Oregon Department of State Lands, and members of the MB&G-led consultant project team. The participants observed native plantings that have successfully established, weed control efforts, permanent erosion control measures, stream channel rehabilitation at Bull Creek, and wetland hydrology at Big Elk Creek. A highlight for the group was observing dozens of salmonid fry using the off-channel alcove at the Big Elk Creek site! This wetland was constructed specifically to provide off-channel fish habitat and is already being put to good use. To date, the Big Elk Creek and Bull Creek mitigation sites are trending to meet the ecological and mitigation goals and objectives established in 2015. This phase of the project is one of the biggest milestones that has been successfully accomplished thus far. Big Elk Creek Mitigation Site, January 18, 2018  See Related Posts on this Project  Turnkey Mitigation for ODOT US 20: Pioneer Mountain to Eddyville MB&G Receives Engineering Excellence Award from ACEC Oregon MB&G Receives Business Achievement Award from National Publication, Environmental Business Journal    ...

Peregrines: Bridge to Bluff – MB&G Gets Back to Nature

MB&G wildlife biologists have supported the peregrine falcon conservation effort for nearly two decades For over 17 years, MB&G wildlife biologists have surveyed peregrine falcons nesting and habitat near and on Portland’s bridges. In April 2018, MB&G’s team of scientists had the rare opportunity to survey these fascinating birds on the face of a cliff located in Clackamas County, Oregon.  Peregrine falcons represent a success story of species recovery. Peregrine populations were in steep decline during the mid-20th century, largely due to the extensive use of the insecticide DDT. In 1973, peregrine falcons were listed as Endangered under the Federal Endangered Species Act and later listed as Threatened under the Oregon Endangered Species Act.  A regional recovery program was initiated to assist cooperating agencies in the site-specific management of the few remaining peregrine falcons. The Audubon Society of Portland has recounted that by 1975 there were only two nesting pairs of peregrine falcons in California and none in Oregon or Washington. Because of a long recovery effort, peregrine falcons are becoming a more common occurrence in the Pacific Northwest. They are reestablishing their natural nesting sites and also inhabit Portland’s bridges. Peregrines were de-listed from the Federal Endangered Species List in 1999 and the Oregon Endangered Species List in 2007. Today there are more than 160 nesting sites in Oregon. Although peregrine is no longer a listed species, ongoing monitoring activities help to track their recovery and can assist in early detection of potential environmental conditions that might threaten the current population. MB&G wildlife biologists have supported the peregrine falcon conservation effort for nearly two decades and emerged with unsurpassed expertise in surveying...

MB&G to Host SAF Technology Workshop

MB&G is playing an integral role in the upcoming SAF Forest Technology Workshop  that will be taking place on May 8-9 in Columbia South Carolina. In addition to being a Silver Sponsor, MB&G will have an exhibit space and present on both days of the event. On Tuesday May 8th, MB&G Principal – Geospatial Services Group James Schriever  will participate in the field session and on Wednesday, our team will lead a 45-minute presentation on the benefits of using leading-edge forest inventory management technology. Increased Efficiency and Accuracy in Forest Inventory Management Systems Session Detail: As new technologies continue to emerge and many forest management software systems reach obsolescence, forest companies realize they need to share information with team members in less time using fewer resources.  Mason, Bruce & Girard, Inc. (MB&G) is partnering with Esri, the World’s leading geospatial software provider, to deliver modern technologies that provide permanent benefits for organizations that manage forestlands. With MB&G’s forestry extensions to the ArcGIS platform, your firm can stay ahead of the competition by streamlining business processes. Our MobileMap and InventoryManager Software offerings capitalize on your data investment and enable you to utilize your data to be more profitable, productive, and efficient. Powered by Esri technology, our software supports forest inventory, forest planning, timber appraisals, forest roads, timber sales, timber scaling, reforestation, and certification. Practical case studies and implementation examples will be provided.  Benefits covered in this workshop: Improve field data collection productivity and performance – Coupled with MB&G MobileMap our system eliminates redundant and duplicate data entry. No longer is there a need for field teams to organize or take...

MB&G Receives Business Achievement Award from National Publication, Environmental Business Journal

The Environmental Business Journal has selected a MB&G project for their 2017 Business Achievement Awards  Environmental Business Journal® (EBJ), a research publication which provides high-value strategic business intelligence to the environmental industry, has honored MB&G with a 2017 Business Achievement Award for Natural Resources Management. MB&G’s Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) Full-Delivery Turnkey Mitigation for Yaquina Basin US 20 Corridor Improvements Project received a Project of Merit Award for “innovative project designs, technology applications, new practice areas, social contributions and industry leadership in 2017,” from EBJ. The EBJ Business Achievement Awards are determined by a committee of EBJ’s staff and editorial advisory board members who review essay nominations. MB&G’s landmark project involved a new delivery approach with ODOT’s first consultant-delivered, turnkey contract. MB&G led this ‘cradle-to-grave’ project by managing landowner coordination, real estate appraisals and transactions, regulatory compliance, design, construction, and stewardship for two mitigation sites in Oregon’s Yaquina River Basin. This project was also recognized the American Council for Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Oregon at their annual Engineering Excellence awards banquet on January 17, 2018 with an Honor Award for MB&G and teaming partner Otak, Inc.. The project scope included removal of a priority fish passage barrier, stream restoration, establishment of permanent riparian buffers through deed restrictions, and long-term stewardship of approximately 70 acres. At the Big Elk Creek site, we installed three streambank breaches to connect the creek with its floodplain, creating 1.5 acres of wetland. At the Bull Creek site, we removed an undersized culvert to access 4 miles of high-quality salmonid habitat. In addition, MB&G facilitated a 52-acre land donation to the U.S Forest Service to improve...

MB&G Receives Engineering Excellence Award from ACEC Oregon

MB&G and Otak, Inc., received an Honor Award for the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) Full-Delivery Turnkey Mitigation for Yaquina Basin US 20 Corridor Improvements project. The award was presented by the American Council for Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Oregon at their annual Engineering Excellence awards banquet on January 17, 2018. The landmark project involved a new contracting and delivery approach for ODOT as the agency’s  first fully consultant delivered turnkey contract. The “cradle-to-grave” delivery approach allows ODOT to minimize their project resources and oversight, while MB&G leads  landowner coordination, real estate appraisals and transactions, regulatory compliance, design, construction, and long-term stewardship for two mitigation sites in the Yaquina River basin in Oregon. MB&G Senior Biologist/Associate Stuart Myers; Wildlife Biologist/Associate Wendy Wente, PhD.; and Biologist Kristen Currens, PWS, were on-hand to receive the award. Our team also support other nominated projects including the Peter Courtney Minto Island Bridge for the City of Salem and the Willamalane Parks Mill Race Path Bridges. A full list of awards is available here. About the project Key project components include removal of a priority fish passage barrier, stream restoration, land acquisition, establishment of permanent riparian buffers through deed restrictions, design, construction, and long-term stewardship of approximately 70 acres.  At the Big Elk Creek site, the MB&G-led team installed three streambank breaches to connect the creek with its floodplain to create 1.5 acres of wetland. At the Bull Creek site, 4 miles of high-quality salmonid habitat were made accessible by removing an undersized  culvert. A pool-riffle channel morphology was constructed in the culvert footprint that facilitated fish passage and reestablished sediment transport continuity. Our team...