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.
News & Spotlight
Stream Restoration at Thomas Run
We have been working hard to restore approximately 4,000 linear feet of Thomas Run located in Harford Co, Maryland. This reach of Thomas Run had been exhibiting signs of bed and bank erosion allowing large amounts of sediment to flow downstream causing damage to the water quality and wildlife habitats. We are currently in the process of stabilizing the stream by realigning portions of the stream channel, installing stabilization measures and bio-engineering practices. Stabilization methods include but aren’t limited to installation of toewood on meander bends, which creates roughness to reduce shear stress, reduction of flow velocity and habitat creation. Bio-engineering practices include planting of warm season grasses and shrubs to provide stability and eventually shade cover for the stream. This project is funded through the Harford Soil Conservation district in partnership with Chesapeake & Atlantic Coastal Bay Trust Fund.
Restoring the Western Run Stream
Restoration work has begun on Western Run, a cold water stream located in Baltimore County, Maryland. Over the years, the banks of Western Run have become severely eroded at an accelerated rate and have little to no vegetation; vegetation is essential to stabilizing the stream banks and preventing excessive erosion. Part of the restoration efforts will include excavating the banks to install toewood structures; these structures help to slow the water, dissipate energy, and stabilize the banks. Toewood structures also create habitat for small fish, macro-invertebrates, and other wildlife. Once the toewood structures are installed, warm season grasses, live stakes, and other bio-engineering practices will be planted. As these plants grow and flourish, they will root out with deep rooting depths which will continue to strengthen the stream banks over time. Grant funding for this restoration project was provided by the Chesapeake & Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund through the Baltimore County Soil Conservation District.
Our First Ribbon Cutting in Howard County, Maryland
As many of you may know, Ecotone reached a large milestone on October 13th. We officially opened our second office in Howard County with a ribbon cutting! Thank you so much to everyone who came out to support us, and thank you to everyone who helped make this event an excellent time shared by all. Also, a huge shout-out to Urban Bar-B-Que for providing us with your delicious food! It is something that we will not forget anytime soon.
Howard County Address:
9693 Gerwig Lane, Suite S,
Columbia, Maryland 21046
Ecotone Staff and Crew
At Ecotone, we are fortunate to have a great staff and crew who are passionate about promoting and helping save the environment. As we continue to grow and expand, we would like to acknowledge and remember that we wouldn't be here with out all of our great people. Check out some of our great staff on our "Who We Are" page.
Our Second Family Fun Day.
Despite a little rain, Ecotone’s second family fun day was a huge success! It was filled with much laughter, delicious food, and excellent company. Thank you so much to all of our family who were able to join us! We cannot wait to see you next year.