ASTI was retained by the Huron-Clinton Metropolitan Authority (HCMA) to assist with endangered species clearance for a proposed hike/bike pathway.  HCMA was proposing to extend an existing hike/bike trail from its current terminus along the western side of the Huron River north of the golf course southward along the Huron River to the Village of Dexter (approximately 2.9 miles).  The proposed hike/bike trail would connect Hudson Mills Metropark to the Village of Dexter and add to the Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission’s plan for a 35-mile Border-to-Border trail. 

The proposed project would necessitate the construction of boardwalks over wetlands and/or stream crossings.  Therefore, permits would be needed from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) for this project.  As part of the permitting process, the MDEQ requires project clearance from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) for any threatened and endangered species.  ASTI surveyed the entire 3-mile long corridor for rare, threatened, or endangered species and their habitats.  ASTI submitted a report concluding the project will have “no effect” upon any listed species.  The report was accepted by the MDNR and the project received clearance.