Wiregrass Ecological Associates, LLC (WEA) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Southern Forestry Consultants (SFC), Inc. WEA was originally founded as The Wildlife Company (TWC), a division of SFC, in 2001 to provide a variety of wildlife, forest and environmental management services to forest products companies, private forest landowners, banks, trust, and institutional landowners. TWC focused primarily of on wildlife (game and non-game) and habitat management, including landscape-level biodiversity considerations and auditing services. As the geographic distribution and technical disciplines of services provided at TWC transformed over time, WEA was formed to more adequately represent the multidisciplinary approach and scope of the services provided. While maintaining expertise in wildlife and habitat management, WEA currently provides ecological services to meet the needs of clients in aviation; governmental, non-governmental, and research entities; forestry and natural resources industries; private and residential developments; and transportation market sectors. WEA staff possess the fundamental ecological expertise, training, and experience required to produce cost-effective and innovative solutions for our clients. WEA staff has developed key relationships with industry and regulatory personnel that provide our clients with channels for open dialogue and collaborative resolutions during any project. Additionally, WEA builds and leads project teams using select teaming partners with specialized skills in order to provide turnkey solutions for all environmental and ecological issues that face our clients.
Southern Forestry Consultants, Inc is a natural resource management and consulting firm dedicated to meeting the goals of its customers and clients. Its staff of experienced professionals is committed to upholding the Company's reputation for quality and expertise in the planning, development, and implementation of programs to improve the land, timber, water, and environmental resources entrusted to its care. Established in 1988 in Bainbridge, Georgia, to provide forestry consulting services to the north Florida and southwest Georgia areas, the companies now additionally operate offices in Florida and Alabama. SFC serves private landowners, forest products companies, utility companies, real estate investment groups, trust fund managers, attorneys, banks, universities, governmental agencies, and non-governmental organizations from Texas to Virginia. Major areas of emphasis include forestry consulting, forest auditing, Best Management Practice (BMP) compliance, land and timber appraisals, prescribed burning, reforestation, natural resource management plans, and real estate enhancement services. www.soforest.com
WEA also provides real estate sales and acquisition brokerage under its subsidiary, Southern Forestry Realty, Inc. SFR specializes in the listing, selling, and leasing timberland, farms, hunting, recreation, and conservation tracts. With over twenty-years in the real-estate and land markets of Southwest Georgia, North Florida, and Southeast Alabama, SFR maintains an extensive network of qualified buyers and sellers. The highly experienced staff of real estate professionals at SFR assists prospective purchasers in making sound investment decisions by providing them with comparable sales information, an analysis of the operational costs, and potential economic return of selected properties. SFR also provides market analysis and/or full evaluation, pricing strategy, effective property presentation and preparation strategy, negotiating skills, and advertising and listing services. www.southernforestryrealty.com
WEA is guided by its adherence to 5 core principles: Customer Service, Technical Expertise, Quality Assurance and Quality Control (QA/QC) Standards, Schedule and Cost Controls, and Health and Safety.
Customer service is the foundation of business operations at WEA. We strive to be responsive to our clients, both in terms of project deliverables and general counsel. We offer our clients a pragmatic assessment of each situation and a variety of alternatives based upon their objectives and constraints. We understand that objectives and constraints differ between public and private sector endeavors, and even between each project. With experience in various market sectors, we work with our clients to identify these specific goals and obstacles at the outset of the process to streamline each project’s timeline. WEA also recognizes the importance of consistent and concise project status updates. At the conclusion of our projects, we encourage feedback from our clients that allow us to modify and enhance the services we provide in the future. WEA is committed to providing our clients with the most effective, results-oriented customer service possible.
WEA is recognized for its industry leading ecological and biological technical expertise. With decades of experience managing environmental related projects, our ecologists provide professionalism and pragmatism while meeting the needs of our clients. Through literature review, certifications, and continuing education, our staff is committed to providing our clients with the most current and scientifically accurate information available. WEA also seeks innovative and cost-effective methods of providing results through review and editorial responsibilities of scientific literature. Our staff remains active in numerous professional organizations and regularly contributes as invited speakers at conferences and meetings.
Health & Safety
WEA maintains a commitment to providing a safe working environment for all our employees. Our commitment to ensuring healthy and safe conditions also extends to our contractors, our clients, the general public, and anyone impacted by our operations. We strive to avoid unreasonable risks and comply with all applicable regulatory requirements at our facilities, in our operational practices, and corporate culture. By evaluating risk and providing appropriate safety training, WEA works to reduce potential incidents and mitigate the severity of any instances. This commitment to excellence in our health and safety program is a cultural identity that is overwhelmingly accepted by our leadership and employees. Through the use of open and direct two-way communication and continuous improvements to the system, WEA is committed to a dynamic health and safety management system.
Quality Assurance & Quality Control Standards
WEA requires all projects, subconsultants, and teaming partners to follow an established Quality Assurance and Quality Control (QA/QC) program to ensure uniformity in deliverable standards and guidelines. These process-oriented review standards and guidelines incorporate our client goals, professional and industry standards, and internal quality assurance methods. Each project is evaluated repeatedly under a project-specific quality control plan. This plan reviews each project element’s progress, methodology, data collection, data analysis, results, tables and figures, conclusions, and management recommendations in terms of the project objectives, scope, timeline, and budget. More specifically each element of each project is submitted to and reviewed by an independent and assigned quality control analyst. This analyst then reviews the work element with the ecologists and biologists to resolve any discrepancies and revaluate any solutions. Through structured quality assurance standards and required quality control planning, WEA provides our clients with professional services and deliverables in an on-time and cost-effective environment.
Schedule & Cost Controls
As a certified US Small Business Enterprise firm, WEA understands the importance of reducing costs and overhead through proper scheduling and schedule maintenance. WEA staff has spent years as project managers planning, coordinating, and monitoring project schedules for a variety of clients. Although each project consists of its own unique set of objectives, deadlines, and constraints, all projects require efficient and effective scheduling to succeed. Using our experiences, client input, and software packages, WEA can develop timelines, establish completion milestones, and monitor project progress in a real-time and adaptive environment. Our staff ensures the accurate development and implementation of project schedules by coordinating continuous communication with our clients.
The low overhead costs and streamlined processes in place at WEA provide our clients with the ultimate cost control strategy. Proper project scheduling and communication with our clients reduces excess costs often associated with mobilization and out-of-sequence document preparation. We eliminate cost overruns through effective budgeting at the outset and identifying efficiencies throughout each project. During project implementation, our cost controls begin immediately and are monitored alongside project progress. Using comparative financial and budget tools, WEA is committed to reducing overhead and ultimately cost to our client.
QA & QC
Joe McGlincy, CWB – President
Principal Wildlife Biologist
Graduate of Auburn University (1975), Auburn, AL, with over 40 years’ experience in the wildlife and environmental fields. He has managed and participated in many projects on both public and private lands. He has extensive endangered species experience, particularly working with red-cockaded woodpeckers (RCW). He has developed Habitat Conservation Plans, Safe Harbor Plans and coordinated other management activities for RCW and other listed species on private and public lands. He is permitted to conduct the full array of management activities such as capture, banding, translocation and installing artificial cavities. His experience developing rare species inventories for various geographical areas is used by land managers to assure they protect any known species that may occur where their operation is planned. He has also developed biodiversity plans for industrial forest products companies across the south. He has conducted environmental audits to SFI and FSC standards and has consulted with companies on these same standards. He has completed outdoor recreation lease market analysis for many companies and maintains an extensive database of leasing information. He has published in both scientific and popular journals and make presentations to a variety of audiences.
Austin D. Carroll, CWB, CSE, RF
Mr. Carroll is a principal ecologist, wildlife biologist, and forester with 14 years of project management experience in resolving environmental-related aviation issues, natural and water resources management and policy, permit acquisition and compliance, mitigation area management and monitoring, multi-organizational partnership development, and ecological research and monitoring. His experience in field research includes study design, implementation, data collection, analysis, and reporting. His past experience has given him a working knowledge of aquatic and terrestrial habitat management practices; wildlife and fisheries population management; silvicultural and mitigation area design and management; threatened and endangered species surveys, relocations, and management; regulatory compliance, permitting (including National Environmental Policy Act [NEPA]), and monitoring techniques; and large-scale project management. He has established and coordinated partnerships among local landowners, citizen/civic groups, governmental agencies, private industry, academic and research groups, and non-governmental organizations to facilitate mutual interest and cooperation in achieving ecologically significant objectives. These efforts led to Mr. Carroll serving as a guest instructor on partnerships at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) Training Center. He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees from Mississippi State and an M.B.A. from the University of Florida.