Ecological Restoration

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Whether from invasive species or a human-mediated disturbance, restoration to an ecologically functional state is our ultimate goal with restoration design services. We intimate ourselves with the reference conditions before disturbance, then set ambitious benchmarks for reestablishing ecosystem function and species composition.

 

Our strength in restoration design resides both in our scientific skills and knowledge, and in our relationships with land managers and regional authorities. As part of developing a restoration design, large or small, our primary objective is to ensure that our restoration efforts coordinate with larger regional restoration goals. We offer an interdisciplinary paradigm with the endpoint that even smaller projects integrate into the long-term restoration of the whole landscape and ecosystem.  

Our Focus 

  • Historical species surveys 

    • Wildlife restoration 

    • Invasive species control and eradication 

    • Aquatic and terrestrial plant restoration 

  • Historical aquatic connectivity 

  • Historical hydrological and soil characteristics 

  • Historical flood and fire regimes 

    • Alluvial plain restoration 

    • Forest restoration 

  • Coordination with larger regional and long-term efforts 

    • Watershed analysis 

    • Post dam removal restoration 

  • Species rearing and reestablishment from nearby populations 

    • Augmentative and Incipient releases 

  • Construction monitoring

Adaptive Management

An adaptive management approach can range from shifting species utilized in planting protocols as a result of micro-substrate conditions or sub-optimal growth in the nursery, to redirecting stream flow to maximize invertebrate or fish habitat. 

Our larger restoration designs typically include a two-phase approach. The first phase is a three year implementation and monitoring program. The second phase uses the monitoring data and adjusts subsequent approaches through project completion.