Ideal sites for our work include those with degraded or low-functioning streamside forests, floodplains, and wetlands. Once a site has been identified, agreements are reached with the landowner to restore and protect the area.
Restoration plans are then developed based on conditions at the site. Fieldwork is used to assess the site’s functions including those for water quality, habitat, and hydrology. Drawing on our experience, that data is then used to design a restoration plan that fits the needs of the site.
Once the restoration is complete, we make sure our restoration investment succeeds. All our work is bonded and includes monitoring of the project’s vegetation and hydrology to make sure that the restoration is functioning as intended. If needed, we return to the site to fix any problems that arise.
Successful restoration is judged in two ways. First, the site must meet requirements established by the government for the functions of the site. Typically, after five-to-seven years, these requirements are met.
A second, more important judge, is the seeing the response to the natural systems to restoration. Habitat and water quality improvements benefit fish, birds, and the services that we need to thrive and are an equally important measure for our restoration success.