Ecosystem Restoration Professionals
Providing Design, Construction & Ecosystem Credits
Ecotone, Inc., a Maryland Corporation founded in 1998, is one of few companies that provides full delivery ecosystem restoration services including design, consulting, and construction throughout the United States. Our unique blend of multidisciplinary staff consisting of ecologists, geomorphologists, landscape architects, and construction specialists (to name a few) has over 95 years of experience in all aspects of ecosystem restoration. Through design, construction, and ecosystem credits, we strive to negate existing and future impacts on the natural environment. We understand the importance of ecotones between natural and man made environments and embrace the opportunity to restore and preserve their function and integrity. We pride ourselves on the ability to provide these services at a competitive price to a diverse group of clients; including public and private developers, landowners, governmental agencies, and nonprofit organizations.
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Long Green Creek Stream Restoration and Habitat Improvement Project.
The main objectives of the Long Green Creek Dam Removal and Riparian Restoration project are to restore multiple habitat types through stream channel and riparian corridor restoration and improve water quality through the reduction of sediment and nutrient loading in the waterway. The project is located on the main stem of Long Green Creek (an MDE Use III waterway with a naturally reproducing brown trout population) at the downstream end of Long Green Valley, a watershed that has seen numerous water quality and habitat improvement projects implemented over the past decade. One of the outreach goals of the project is to demonstrate to other landowners within the watershed how a combination of grant monies, public funding and private restoration activities can be utilized to accomplish a comprehensive watershed restoration effort on private properties. The Baltimore County Soil Conservation District plans to continue to work with landowners within the valley in the coming years to implement restoration efforts including riparian buffer and wetland restoration, stream channel stabilization and invasive species management on their properties using NFWF grants, Farm Bill Programs and/or other funding sources.
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Rigdon Farms: Complete
The stream, North Stirrup Run, located at Rigdon Farm in Harford County, MD, is a tributary of the Deer Creek watershed. This project was accomplished with funding through the Harford Soil Conservation District as part of the Department of Natural Resources Trust Fund Grant.
Prior to restoration the stream showed significant signs of accelerated bed and bank erosion and meander migration. Potential causes of the degradation to the channels originate from long term flow regime change and a change in riparian and streambank vegetation. The stream also was seeing significant damage from live stock accessing the stream at multiple locations.
The Rigdon Farm restoration was primarily focused on stabilizing stream bed and banks. Restoration measures included toewood on proposed stream channel meander bends to add roughness and reduce shear stress, and log/rock j-Vanes and double log vanes to stabilize the stream channel. Woody Riffle structures were utilized at every riffle to increase invertebrate habitat and provide vertical stability. Sod harvested on site was also placed on the bank in order to provide immediate stabilization. After construction was completed a fence was installed to exclude livestock from accessing accessing the stream.
Mid-Atlantic Stream Restoration Conference
The Mid-Atlantic Stream Conference in Baltimore was a huge success. We would like to thank all of the folks at Resource Institute and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service for putting together a great conference. We would also like to thank everyone who attended our workshop on sustainability. For any interested parties who were unable to attend our workshop ( we know spots filled up quickly) a copy of our presentation is located under the “services” tab on our website. If you have questions please email Steve Pawlak at email@example.com. We look forward to seeing everyone at the next stream conference.
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