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Resource Inventory, Land Planning and Permitting

The detailed inventory of resources associated with large tracts of land has been a specialty of Agrarian for over 25 years. Responsible and creative planning for land development can take place only in the context of thorough evaluation of resources associated with that land. Agrarian has conducted resource evaluations for lands in Montana (The Hardin Unit of 43,550 acres), Utah (Paxton Ranch of 297,600 acres of private and federal land), Arizona (Spurlock Ranch of 163,840 acres), and Nevada (Half Circle Ranch of 85,000 acres).

These resource inventories consisted of the evaluation and quantification of surface and groundwater resources, mineral resources, soils mapping, vegetation mapping, evaluation of patterns of wildlife use, and climate and weather summaries. Based on the resource inventories, Agrarian was able to present to the clients conceptual  planning strategies that suggest rational and profitable land use options. Such options include grazing strategies, crop development, water and irrigation development methods, recreational opportunities, and overall land and water management. On the four properties listed above, Agrarian was also an active participant in the development and management of the land for dryland farming, irrigated agriculture, ranching, and mineral development.

Recently Agrarian conducted an inventory of shallow sub-surface sediments of the Salton Sea. Data on sediment texture and content of organic material and selenium are critical for long-range planning for Salton Sea restoration. As the Sea shrinks, the sediments will become exposed, potentially creating dust storms or exposing wildlife to toxins sequestered in the sediments. Knowledge of the nature of the sediments will enable planning efforts to minimize environmental risk.

Many of Agrarian’s projects involve construction an development activities that require permitting. Agrarian staff manage permitting issues ranging from the federal level (such as the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the US Army Corps of Engineers), through the State level (state Departments of Fish and Game and Water Quality Control Boards), to the county and local level (well and grading permits). By coordinating the permitting with the design efforts, we can expedite an otherwise lengthy permitting process.