PSI 139 Abandoned Mine Site Reclamation & Restoration

Mojave National Preserve

Burleson completed habitat restoration of PSI 139—an abandoned mine site in the Mescal Range within the National Park Service (NPS) Mojave National Preserve (MNP)—and biological surveys to identify special status species that may be impacted by the construction activities.

The historic prospecting operations at PSI 139 created a 3-acre visual scar near an access point to the MNP. Excavation of depressions, creation of waste rock piles, and diversion of drainages interrupted the natural flow of water across the site. During the 50 years since mining ceased, numerous protected plants—including Yucca brevifolia and cactus—colonized the waste rock piles and disturbed land surface.

Burleson’s goal was to contour the site, direct surface water to original drainage ways, and establish native vegetation. The HRP defined success criteria, determined passive and active seeding and vegetation transplanting areas, provided erosion control practices, and corrective action measures. The VMP presented maintenance and vegetation monitoring methods and schedules. The intent of the VMP was to standardize monitoring and the evaluation for success.

Burleson set up a native plant nursery, identified the drainage courses, salvaged the protected native plants, filled the rock cuts and depressions, and restored the drainage flow lines. After grading was complete, Burleson planted the salvaged plants and hydroseeded the area with native seeds.

The construction and restoration was completed before the rainy season. Within a week of completion, the site received rain and snow, which are expected to enhance recovery. The project was completed under budget, and the NPS was impressed with our performance with the conceptual renderings that allowed for discussion and changes prior to starting work.

Client Satisfaction

"Burleson Consulting was excellent to work with and very professional. They assembled a top-notch team of experts to study and propose solutions to the water supply challenges at Sutter National Wildlife Refuge. The communication was excellent throughout the project. This included project staff, contracting personnel, and interested stakeholders. As a result, the project was completed on time and on budget. I would not hesitate to use or recommend Burleson Consulting in the future."Kevin Clancy, Project Manager – United States Bureau of Reclamation

"Burleson provided exceptional services under this contract. Because of their successful work, they were awarded a $7M follow-on IDIQ contract in 2014, that also encompasses biological monitoring at former Fort Ord. They have consistently improved their plant material collection and propagation techniques and pass the savings onto the federal government. Burleson is a valuable team member on Fort Ord and I feel that they are true stewards of the environment." William K. Collins, BRAC Environmental Coordinator, US Army Corps of Engineers

"Burleson has been able to work with several government agencies (to include tribal groups and natural resource trustees) and several responsible parties to assist in progressing this site to a stage where technical and agency concerns can be identified and resolved. Strengths – overall and in depth understanding of mine site and CERCLA dynamics. Deficiencies – none. I would not hesitate to use Burleson." Daniel McMindes, USACE Liaison to EPA, US Army Corps of Engineers

"Burleson helped to manage the Sacramento Area Voltage Support Environmental Impact Statement. They came through and were always available during an ‘energy crisis’ in California. I will continue to work with them."Loreen McMahon, Project Manager - California Public Utilities Commission

"We appreciated Burleson’s great work, re: completing the draft EIR on the scheduled date (it was a tremendous task, but they completed it). All of them put a lot of work into it (it was a true team effort). They should all be proud of this accomplishment given the changes and obstacles encountered along the way, and I cannot thank them enough."Glenn M. Shuder, AIA, CFM, Chief Architect - Project Director, SMUD

"We chose Burleson Consulting because of their experience with the specific project matter in technical and regulatory issues and for their record of excellent communication skills in complex, multiparty projects. They were responsive to the matter and were sensitive to all relationships between the parties involved."Kevin Mayer, PE, Project Manager - USEPA