BearPaws Environmental Consulting, was established in 2012 by the husband and wife team, of Barrett & Christina Stejskal. Our goal is to provide our services in a timely, professional, and econoimically feasable fashion.
We provide environmental consulting services to both the public and private sectors. The services we provide include environmental assessments, wildlife surveys, wetland mapping, environmental permitting, habitat management plans, local, state, and federal permitting.
Their passion for helping others, and their love of the outdoors, has led them into this field and guided them in choosing this as a career path.
Who Are We?
BearPaws Environmental Consulting is a small business, which resides in Fort Myers, Florida. Barrett and Christina have almost 40 years of combined experience in the environmental field.
Barrett, a Florida native, was born and raised in Southwest Florida. Christina, also a Florida native, was raised in the Tampa Bay area, but has lived in southwest Florida for over the past 18 years.
Being Florida natives, their experience, and familiarity with southwest Florida, has provided added expertise specific to this area. The advantages of this expertise range from specific knowledge of the flora and fauna of the area, to a familiarity with the needs and requirements of the regulatory agencies.
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BearPaws Environmental Consulting
1599 Covington Circle East
Fort Myers, FL 33919
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Recent Articles & Publications
DEP ASSUMPTION OF SECTION 404 PERMITS
TALLAHASSEE, FL. – On Dec. 22, 2020, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) was approved to assume the federal dredge and fill permitting program under section 404 of the federal Clean Water Act within areas of the State called “Assumed Waters”. Assumed Waters are all jurisdictional wetlands located more than 300 feet from the edge of a navigable freshwater body or a tidal waterbody. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers kept Section 404 permitting in traditionally navigable waters and areas within 300 feet of a navigable freshwater body or a tidal waterbody. State assumption of the 404 program will provide a streamlined permitting procedure within which both federal and state requirements are addressed by state permits. The State 404 Program is a separate program from the existing Environmental Resource Permitting Program (ERP), and projects within state-assumed waters will require both an ERP and a State 404 Program authorization.
USFWS LISTS FLORIDA BONNETED BAT AS ENDANGERED
VERO BEACH, FL. – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is listing the Florida bonneted bat as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The bat is only found in south and southwest Florida. The largest Florida bat, the Florida bonneted bat is non-migratory, eats insects, and is free-tailed, meaning its tail extends well beyond a short tail membrane. The name “bonneted bat” originates from its large, broad ears, which project forward over the eyes. The Florida bonneted bat uses forests, wetlands, and other natural habitats. It exists in residential and urban areas. At present, no active, natural roost sites are known.
Services We Provide
Environmental Assessments & Due Diligence Reports
Protected/Listed Wildlife Surveys & Species Relocations
Wetland & Preserve Monitoring
Wetland Permitting & Mitigation
Gopher Tortoise Surveys, Relocations, & Excavations
Audubon’s Crested Caracara Monitoring & Observations
Sandhill Crane Nest Surveys & Wading Bird Species Monitoring
Wildlife Habitat Management Planning & Permitting
Habitat Restoration & Mitigation Design
Environmental Land Use Permitting, Development Orders & Rezoning
Local, State, & Federal Environmental Permitting
Post Permit Compliance & Monitoring