Environmental Analysis

Environmental documentation is required for virtually every agency land use decision and project entitlement. Comprehensive analyses of all relevant issues are required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the California Environmental Policy Act (CEQA) for discretionary actions on basic entitlements. Focused analyses on individual issues such as historical and archaeological resources, vegetation and wildlife impacts, air quality and other environmental resources may be required for NEPA and CEQA compliance or to comply with other laws such as the Natural Historic Preservation Act and the federal and state Endangered Species Acts. The manner in which the required environmental analyses are conceived and presented directly affects the acceptability of the project to the decision-makers and public.

Benchmark Resources staff have a long history of preparing environmental documentation. We have prepared federal environmental impact statements and state environmental impact reports for many of California’s largest and most controversial mines. Our experience, gained from virtually all types of development projects, is a strong asset in addressing the complexities associated with mineral resource development. Our methods of preparing accurate and complete environmental analyses are combined with a strategic approach and designed to benefit both the project and the quality of the environment.

  • Environmental Impact Reports and Initial Studies (CEQA)
  • Environmental Impact Statements and Environmental Assessments (NEPA)
  • Findings of Fact and Overriding Considerations
  • Regulatory Compliance and Monitoring
  • Visual Resource Simulations
  • Environmental Constraints Analysis
  • Environmental Impact Statements and Environmental Assessments (NEPA)
  • Risk Assessment
  • Resource Management Plans
  • T&E Species and Habitat Evaluations
  • Vegetation and Rare Plant Evaluations
  • Mitigation Monitoring
  • Revegetation Success Monitoring
"Without a doubt, I can say that if you had not become involved in the project during the last 3-4 years, the project would have been abandoned. Your professionalism, knowledge of CEQA, objective and common-sense approach, and the leadership that you provided Fresno County is what finally gave us hope and confidence that this project could be successful.”
Burton Gilpin // Vice President, General Manager
Calaveras Materials Inc.
Benchmark Resources

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