Flowchart of Guidance Process
The flowchart presented in the Graphic Version of the Guide allows users to follow a thought process through the planning stages. First, the user should review the project site from a regional standpoint. Evaluation of database occurrences of flora and fauna records, GIS analysis, and a map review s critical. This review allows the user to assess the natural resource features that complement the project site and those that should be avoided or rather incorporated into the project site design. A list of potential wildlife species and vegetation communities should be generated and field verified. Then a schedule of wildlife surveys should be completed in the appropriate survey seasons by a qualified wildlife biologist with documented observation hours for each species potentially occurring onsite.
The second section of the flowchart guides the users to habitat characteristics and general habitat management techniques. Vegetation communities should be classified by FNAI for natural communities and supplemented with FWC or FLUCFCS information. FLUCFCS should not be the primary wildlife habitat classification scheme used. The third section outlines imperiled and rare wildlife species, their natural history, survey guidelines or protocols, and monitoring technique recommendations. The last section includes conservation and planning option overviews.