4.A. Study the site when many habitats exist.
4.B. Study sites known to have very valuable habitat.
4.C. Only study the site to determine the exact location of a resource so a buffer can be applied (e.g. wetland delineation).
4.D. Study any site where there might be valuable habitat (status quo).
Direction: The Focal Species Habitat Map, and/or other best available science, should be the basis of any evaluation of a site’s natural resources. In addition, a boots-on-the-ground, site-specific study of varying level of detail is needed when multiple habitat values need to be compared, relatively valuable habitat exists, or when a specific natural resource boundary needs to be identified. Site-specific, boots-on-the-ground studies should be as consistent as possible.