Habitat Management

Soil & Overburden Services

Soil resource investigations are an integral part of the permitting process for mining, industrial, commercial and land development projects. Characterizing the soils before disturbance enables the development of a site specific handling plan. Our soil handling plans are specifically formulated to conserve the soil resource and enable successful reclamation. Habitat Management provides a full portfolio of soil services to help our clients achieve their land and soil management goals. Our certified professional soil scientist (CPSS) offers more than 30 years of environmental permitting and operational experience in mining, utilities and land development projects.


Our team has extensive combined experience in soil evaluation, and salvage and replacement plans. Our Soil Scientists specialize in baseline soil mapping and characterization studies, as well as design and application of fertilizer and soil amendments.

  • Order I, II, & III Mapping
  • Wetland Soil Delineation
  • AVF Delineations
  • Piezometer Installation
  • Topsoil Salvage Plans

Characterization/ Suitability

We offer soil and overburden baseline inventories, monitoring and evaluations to support our client’s development ad reclamation projects. We utilize a variety of sampling and support equipment including a Giddings soil probe, state of the art GPS receivers and ArcGIS or AutoCAD to produce detailed soil maps.

  • Overburden Suitability
  • Soil Fertility and Amendments
  • Coarse Fragment Contents
  • Hydrophobic Soils


Habitat Management develops site specific soil and overburden amendment plans to treat a variety of issues including low fertility and organic matter, saline/sodic soils, acid overburdens.

Handling Plans

We develop and implement specific material handling and mitigation plans to allow for plant growth in difficult and problematic materials. We also design and implement sampling plans to identify plant growth-limiting materials, including burned and hydrophobic soils, high coarse fragment contents, steep slopes, acid, seleniferous, sodic and saline materials.

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