Great Ecology is an ecological 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.
Great Ecology is collaborating with Ducks Unlimited to evaluate a 1100-acre tract of land near Hahnville, LA. The client is interested in better understanding the utility of the site’s natural areas for commercial and operational use. This work consists of desktop and field assessment of the property, including an understanding of site context (physical, biological, hydrological and socioeconomic condition); formation and verification of base maps (habitat type, dominant species, invasive species and hydrologic flows); and development of preliminary recommendations for ecological restoration. The next steps in this work will be analysis of restoration options for ecological and economic feasibility, and compliance with the client’s goals for sustainable site reuse
Great Ecology is working on the restoration of an overflow parking area to a viable salt marsh and upland habitat at the San Dieguito lagoon located in Del Mar, California. Our work includes acting as the Restoration Ecologist in charge of oversight for the installation, maintenance and monitoring of this highly degraded site. In addition, the project is located in direct proximity to an eelgrass critical habitat. As part of the contract services, Great Ecology has identified and is working on solutions to improve high soil salinity prior to plant installation to ensure better plant establishment. Additional project tasks include the identification of native plant seed collection locations, reference site locations, review of construction submittals, installation oversight and the 5-year maintenance and monitoring of this sensitive habitat restoration area
Great Ecology is leading the restoration effort for a degraded vernal pool site that has been disturbed by historic fill activity in San Diego County, California. This project involves preparing a biological site assessment, performing vernal pool delineation, and development of a site plan including restoration of vernal pools, their watersheds, and associated mima mounds. When completely restored the site will be transformed from a dumping ground to a fully functional vernal pool habitat area capable of supporting the site’s San Diego fairy shrimp population and the variety of endemic plant and animal species found in this designated critical habitat area
Great Ecology has been contracted by Denver Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) to develop a system to delineate different landscape types for the purposes of asset tracking and management. DPR wants to understand the total acreage, landscape attributes, and maintenance costs of different landscape types on DPR properties to help inform management and restoration priorities. The system that Great Ecology developed covers a spectrum of landscape types from hardscaped anthropogenic areas to bluegrass lawns to natural plant communities. Great Ecology focused on the natural area side of the spectrum which is not currently covered under DPR Planning, Design, and Construction Standards. The process begins with mapping the different landscape types at a 0.25 acre scale from aerial imagery. Each landscape type is then field verified and site-specific information for each polygon is collected to help inform DPR management of the plant community composition and condition. DPR will then use this data to understand the costs of maintaining different landscape types and identify areas in need of restoration or landscape conversion to identify cost savings and improve efficiencies in operations as well as improve the overall health of DPR properties
Great Ecology led an ecological evaluation of a 1,200-acre post-industrial property in southern New Jersey. Following site evaluations, Great Ecology developed multiple site reuse strategies aligned with environmental, community, and business objectives. The complex site requires coordination with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the U.S. EPA. Next steps include additional ecological evaluations, including evaluating the site for potential Wildlife Habitat Council grasslands habitat certification, and continued development of a conceptual vision plan and master plan. In addition, Great Ecology will assess NRD liability and the feasibility of establishing a mitigation bank on the site