Great Ecology conducted an ecological evaluation of a 268-acre master planned development in New Jersey. In collaboration with the Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC) the project aims to improve pollinator habitat and launch the Initiative for National Corridors (INC) program. As part of a master development, the site is an example of the integration of the built and natural environments with LEED certified buildings, expansive open space, walking trails, and a wet meadow for stormwater recharge.
As the ecological consultant Great Ecology’s site evaluations informed ecological improvement recommendations to meet the WHC’s Conservation Certification criteria as well as enhance the site’s overall ecological function with an emphasis on pollinator habitat. With the habitat enhancements the landscape will provide habitat for pollinator species including the rare Long Dash butterfly present near the site. The client is currently working to implement the recommendations in preparation of the program launch on Earth Day 2016.
This site is the first of nine properties the client is enhancing to be included in the INC program. Although the initial focus on sites along the Atlantic Flyway, the client’s long term goal is to provide valuable pollinator and wildlife habitat on their properties across the US.
Ecological Design & Planning, Habitat Restoration,
2014 - Ongoing