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Great Ecology is an ecological and environmental consulting firm focused on the restoration, planning, and design of both natural and urban environments through sustainable solutions. We integrate science with design to solve complex ecological challenges to achieve environmental, social, and business goals.


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First Creek Nature Play Park

Ecological Design & Planning, Landscape Architecture, River, Stream, and Riparian Restoration,

Great Ecology is providing ecological design support for the CH2M team in redesigning a reach of First Creek in northeast Denver, Colorado. The intent of the redesign is to create a 6 acre nature play themed park, the first in Denver. Over half of the park is in the floodway and Great Ecology is tasked with developing a planting plan that is conducive to exploration and imagination while still being sustainable and low maintenance. Great Ecology is working withproject geomorphologists, landscape architects, and engineers to develop a landscape that will function within the context of the landscape and engage park users in a way that enlivens the senses and encourages out-of-the-box thinking. The project is currently at 50% design and construction is anticipated to begin Spring 2018. Image by Valerian

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Sanderson Gulch Redesign

Ecological Design & Planning, Landscape Architecture, River, Stream, and Riparian Restoration,

Great Ecology is providing ecological design support for the ICON team in redesigning a reach of Sanderson Gulch from the confluence with the South Platte River upstream past Lipan Street in southwest Denver. Sanderson Gulch drainageway is being redesigned to remove 90 homes and business from the floodplain. Part of the design is to split the stormflows between the open channel and a series of box culverts below the open channel. Great Ecology is helping with stream design, planting plan, and plant palette development, as well as maintenance strategies. Construction is anticipated to begin Spring 2018.

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Tedesco Environmental Learning Corridor

Ecological Design & Planning, Habitat Restoration, Landscape Architecture, River, Stream, and Riparian Restoration,

Great Ecology is leading the stream and habitat restoration of a 39-acre undeveloped site, which will become the centerpiece of the Iowa State University (ISU) Research Park in the city of Ames, IA. Our geomorphologist, ecologist, and landscape architects contributed to the ecological framework of the park master planning effort, led by WRT. The Great Ecology team will develop the detailed design for phase one construction of the Tedesco Environmental Learning Corridor. The future park will include walking trails, gathering spaces, environmental education nodes for school groups, meeting and laboratory/demonstration zones for the adjacent campus, and a restored stream system, wetland, and prairie landscape.

The existing stream corridor has been ecologically degraded, and presents an opportunity to demonstrate effective stream restoration in the context of the larger watershed and the regional landscape. Story County Conservation seeks to display innovative design elements at this site as a demonstration that will support and encourage regional advances in habitat restoration and park design. Our recommended conceptual strategy focuses on reconnecting the stream channel with its floodplain and restoring the riparian plant community to historic prairie condition

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