T. Baker Smith, LLC (TBS) provided biological expertise and assistance in collecting baseline data, identifying potential habitats, compiling species descriptions and analyzing potential impacts for BLM public land and mineral interests in the states of Arkansas, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, Tennessee, and Virginia. TBS provided a species write-up for each special status species within the six states. Special status species include species that are federally listed as threatened, endangered, or candidate. TBS also assisted in documenting the current vegetation communities and wildlife found throughout the six states.
In addition to documenting the affected environment, TBS provided write-ups for potential impacts for all listed, proposed or candidate species, proposed or designated critical habitat, and potentially affected state listed species and state watch species. Based on the GIS data provided by BLM and TBS’s knowledge of species habitat preferences, TBS determined the acreage of known and potential habitat for species and the identified the total area for desirable habitat.