Apogee biologists performed surveys for the Federally Endangered Indiana bat at proposed housing developments for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI). The projects spanned from 2007 through 2010 and occurred on properties in Haywood, Jackson, and Swain counties in western North Carolina.
Each of these projects was coordinated with the client, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), and North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC). Scientifically defensible survey reports were completed for each of these projects and then furnished to USFWS for acceptance. All surveys were subsequently accepted by USFWS. All projects were required to be finished within a three month period in order for construction to begin. All projects were finished within this scheduled time and were completed within budget. These projects have provided Apogee important experience in working on tribal lands and will guide our efforts on future projects conducted for these type entities.