Core Services

Cypress provides an extensive line of environmental consulting services, engineering and construction.  Our focus areas of expertise are:

  • Ecosystem restoration
  • Coastal resiliency
  • Wetlands (delineation, permitting, mitigation, restoration, construction & management)
  • Remediation
  • Environmental metrics for assessment and project performance

A detailed listing of service offerings is below.

  • Ecosystem Restoration

    • Site Selection
    • Planning and Permitting
    • Assessment
    • Engineering & Environmental Design
    • Monitoring & Performance Metrics
    • Restoration Implementation (Project Construction)
    • Project Management
  • Wetlands & Ecology

    • Wetland Delineations
    • Wetland Restoration and Enhancement Plan Development
    • Initial Wetland Assessments and Site Evaluation
    • Ecological Function Assessments (HGM, WRAP, etc.)
    • Mitigation Site Monitoring
    • Master Planning Services
    • Endangered Species Surveys
    • Waterbottom and Channel Surveys
    • Seagrass Surveys
    • Shellfish Surveys
  • Regulatory Compliance & Permitting

    • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
    • State Coastal Zone Consistency
    • Clean Water Act Section 401 Water Quality
    • Stormwater Compliance / NPDES Permits
    • Submerged Lands/ State Tidelands Leasing
    • Other Federal, State and Local Agencies
  • Environmental Engineering

    • Ecosystem Restoration Project Design
    • Marsh Restoration
    • Stream Restoration
    • Environmental Site Assessments (Phase I and II)
    • Site Selection & Feasibility Studies
    • Stormwater and Erosion Control Plans
  • Project Management

    • Construction Specifications
    • Construction Monitoring
    • Prescribed Burning
    • Control of Invasive Exotic Plants
  • Environmental Mapping

    • UAV (drone) Mapping (FAA certified pilots)
    • GIS / Digital Mapping
    • High Accuracy GPS Mapping
    • Topographic & Bathymetric Mapping
    • Land Cover Remote Sensing & Mapping
    • Land Use Suitability Studies, Remote Sensing and Mapping
    • Vegetation Communities
    • Critical and Suitable Habitat Analysis
    • Geospatial Modeling & Analysis
  • Wetlands and Stream Mitigation

    • Stream and Stream Buffer Restoration
    • Wetlands Restoration
    • Mitigation Plan Development
    • Site Assessment & Feasibility Analysis
    • Conservation & Restoration Planning
    • Permitting & Regulatory Compliance
    • Financial Modeling
  • Mitigation Banking

    • Mitigation Bank Instrument Development
    • Mitigation Bank Prospectus Development
    • Banking Site Selection
    • Planning and Permitting
    • Baseline Condition Assessment
    • Engineering & Environmental Design
    • Monitoring & Performance Metrics
    • Restoration Implementation (Project Construction)
    • Project Management
    • Regulatory Compliance
    • Recovery of Distressed Banks or Mitigation Credit Moratorium
  • Remediation

    • Environmental Site Assessments (Phase I & II)
    • Federal HTRW projects
    • MMRP: Munitions studies & remediation

Key Staff Qualifications

  • Professional Engineers

    Environmental, Civil & Coastal Engineers

  • Scientists

    Professional Wetland Scientists

    GIS & remote sensing scientists

    FAA-licensed drone pilots

  • Certified Planners

    AICP

    Environmental Planning advanced specialty certification

  • Construction Managers

    Experienced restoration and resiliency construction project managers

Recognition & Project Performance

2015 Gulf Guardian Award – Civic 1st place. Awarded to Bayou Auguste tidal creek & marsh restoration. Project partners MSU Gulf Coast Community Design Studio, Land Trust for the Mississippi Coastal Plain & Biloxi Housing Authority.

2012 Third-ever USACE Mobile District wetland mitigation bank to reach full final approval and credit release.

2010 First-ever USACE Mobile District wetland mitigation bank to reach full final approval and credit release.

2010 Second-ever USACE Mobile District wetland mitigation bank to reach full final approval and credit release.

Presentations & Publications

Noble, C.V, Wakeley, J.S., Robert, T.H., and Henderson, C. J. “Regional Guidebook for Applying the Hydrogeomorphic Approach to Assessing the Functions of Headwater Slope Wetlands on the Mississippi and Alabama Coastal Plains,” Ecosystem Management and Restoration Research Program, ERDC/EL TR-07-9, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Engineer Research and Development Center, Vicksburg MS, 2007.

Foster, M. A. and L. L. Battaglia. 2013. Hurricane Katrina Effects on a Wetland Mitigation Bank in Coastal Mississippi: 7-Year Impacts on Plant Community, Invasive Species and Management. National Mitigation and Ecosystem Banking Conference. May 7-10, 2013, New Orleans, LA. National meeting.

Brzuszek, R., Walker, J., Schauwecker, T., Campany, C., Foster, M. 2011. Planning and Design Strategies for Communities at Risk from Wildfire. Practicing Planner. March 2011.

Brzuszek, R., J. Walker, T. Schauwecker, C. Campany, M. Foster and S. Grado. 2010. Planning Strategies For Community Wildfire Defense Design In Florida. Journal of Forestry. July / August 2010 108(5): 250-257.

Foster, M. 2010. “Wetlands Ecology & Coastal Landscape Architecture Applications” Invited presentation. 2010 Mississippi ASLA Twin States Conference. March 25-28, 2010. Biloxi, Mississippi. Regional meeting.

Battaglia, L. L., S. Paudel, M. A. Foster and M. S. Woodrey. 2009. Climate change and proliferation of exotic species threaten coastal ecosystems. Invited symposium presentation. Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation, 20th Biennial Conference. November 1-5, 2009. Portland, OR. National meeting.

Battaglia, L. L., M. S. Woodrey, H. J. Kalk and M. A. Foster. 2009. Back to the future: how do we develop ecologically appropriate targets for restoration under increased climatic extremes? Invited symposium presentation. 19th Conference of the Society for Ecological Restoration International. August 23-27, 2009. Perth, Australia. International meeting.

Foster, M. A. and L. L. Battaglia. 2009. Hurricane effects on vegetation community composition at a coastal mitigation bank in Mississippi. Poster presentation. National Mitigation and Ecosystem Banking Conference. May 5-8, 2009, Salt Lake City, UT. National meeting.

Brzuszek, R., T. Schauwecker, C. Campany, J. Walker and M. Foster. 2008. Greenbelt Design as Defensible Space in Community Planning. Invited presentation. National Wildland/Urban Interface Fire Education Conference. Tampa, Florida. November 6-8, 2008. National meeting.

Criss, G. A., M. A. Foster, and G. A. Carter. 2006. Vegetation Classification for Fire Fuel Model Assessment in the Mississippi Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge. Twenty-Sixth Annual ESRI International User Conference. San Diego, California. August 7–11, 2006. International meeting.