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3551 Commercial Street
Vancouver, V5N 4E8
Environmental Impact Assessment
Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is a process for evaluating the effects of a development project on the environment. Beyond the identification of potential negative effects, this process identifies opportunities to avoid, mitigate or minimize impacts. In doing so, EIAs assist in the planning and development stages of a project to protect environmental values, ensure regulatory compliance, and reduce project costs associated with unnecessary delays.
Environmental monitoring assures regulatory compliance and protection of environmental values during project construction. Environmental monitoring can also provide important feedback to gauge the effectiveness of management actions and/or identify changes in environmental quality to consider in generating adaptive responses.
The urban environment poses unique challenges for tree health and longevity. Arboriculture and tree care helps to minimize impacts of intensive land use and development on trees and forest ecosystems. Risk (e.g. tree failure, disease, wildfire, climate change) must also be managed to ensure public safety and long-term viability of the urban forest.
Fish, Wildlife, and Habitat Management
Diamond Head specializes in the management of fish, wildlife and species at risk in urban areas. We understand the regulatory environment and work with municipalities and developers to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements.
Diamond Head has remained at the forefront of wildfire management planning in BC. Our team offers a complete scope of wildfire management and emergency response planning. We have collectively been involved in fire management planning at all levels: from landscape level assessments to urban interface strategies and stand-level fuel treatment prescriptions. Our team members have a diverse and extensive background in wildfire management. We believe that our approach must be innovative and continually evolving with new technologies and research that become available.
Ecosystem/ Park Planning
Ecosystem/ park planning focuses on the integration of environmental values and natural processes into urban and rural development. This approach provides a variety of environmental, social, and economic benefits for people. The goal is not only to protect important natural areas on the landscape, but also to look for opportunities to capitalize on green infrastructure, and the ‘free’ services provided by functional ecosystems. Some examples of these services include stormwater management, nutrient cycling, food production, air and water filtration, recreation, and aesthetic enhancement.
Park Management Planning
Park management planning addresses local governments’ needs to ensure reasonable, balanced and consistent decision-making with respect to the strategic use of limited resources to manage the dual mandate of environmental protection and public recreation within parks.
Green infrastructure refers to a network of natural areas that perform valuable ecological functions and provide benefits to both people and wildlife. Green Infrastructure also refers to the engineered systems that mimic natural processes.
Master Planning and Urban Design
Our approach to development planning, master planning and urban design represents a contemporary evolution of designing with nature. We understand the ecology of urbanizing environments and reveal strategic opportunities to leverage environmental features in service of your project objectives.
Ecological Restoration and Landscape Construction
Diamond Head specializes in restoration of degraded natural areas, including the restoration of marine and freshwater habitat (e.g. wetlands, streams, intertidal areas), forested natural areas and grasslands.Our team provides services for all phases of ecological restoration from initial site assessments and development of restoration prescriptions to implementation and post-installation monitoring.
Invasive Species Management
Diamond Head has been a leader in invasive species management in the Lower Mainland since 2006. Our team's expertise includes providing advice and developing strategies for all facets of invasive species management as well as on-the-ground control of invasive plants.
DHC provides all aspects of arboriculture and tree care from pruning and root excavation to whole tree removals, replanting and management planning.
Our collective knowledge and know-how of tree mechanics and tree health is equally informed by professional and operational staff with the goal to provide clients with a singular service for all arboriculture and tree care needs.
Urban Forest Planning
The urban forest includes the trees and vegetation found on both public and privately-owned lands within a city. Other elements such as plants, water, soil, micro-organisms and wildlife are also part of this forest community. Management of the urban forest - and the valuable functions it provides - plays a central role in the creation of sustainable urban environments.