ECORP Assists Hangar 24 Charities with Airfest! 2019

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ECORP Assists Hangar 24 Charities with Airfest! 2019
Flying Tigers

Flying Tigers Then and Now. P-40 Tomahawk and A-10 Thunderbolt.

Earlier this year, ECORP assisted Hangar 24 Charities with discounted and pro-bono environmental services to facilitate the 2019 Airfest! at Redlands Municipal Airport.  The annual event raises money which is donated to the variety of veterans’ and children’s charities that Hangar 24 Charities supports.
For a number of years, the event has used a parcel of land adjacent to the airport for some of their parking. The parcel is known to harbor a population of the federally listed (endangered) San Bernardino kangaroo rat (SBKR).  ECORP biologists worked with the Charities’ staff to consult with the Palm Springs office of the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to develop a plan that would allow the event to take place without causing harm to SBKR.  USFWS completed an extraordinarily expedited Biological Opinion (BO) with the Federal Aviation Administration under Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act.

John Melby Makes a Pass in the Hangar 24 Muscle Biplane

ECORP biologists implemented the terms of the BO, including pre- and post-event surveys and collection of high-resolution low-altitude aerial imagery using one of our Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) – monitoring during pre-event fencing of Environmentally Sensitive Areas (ESAs, including areas with concentrations of SBKR burrows), and assisting the parking volunteers in directing parking away from the ESAs.
The two-day event, which featured military and civilian aircraft from across the nation in both static and aerial displays and flyovers, was a huge success, raising tens of thousands of dollars for Inland Empire veterans’ and children’s charities while still protecting the SBKR population.

About ECORP Consulting, Inc.

ECORP Consulting, Inc. has assisted public and private land owners with environmental regulation compliance since 1987. Find out more at ECORP Consulting's mission is to consistently deliver high-quality environmental consulting services through outstanding science and timely, creative solutions for our clients, while providing an excellent work environment for our staff.
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