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
Ecotone gears up for yet another significant stream restoration project in Harford Co.
North Stirrup Run Stream Restoration
Ecotone has started the restoration construction of North Stirrup Run, a trout stream in Harford County, MD. The reach of stream is located within a cow pasture and is experiencing bed and bank erosion and meander migration with little or no vegetation. Ecotone has designed and will restore approximately 2,300 linear feet of stream. Ecotone’s design will completely transform the stream and riparian areas. Stabilization and habitat improvement techniques utilized will include toe wood, log/rock j-hook vanes, and woody riffle structures. The stream will then be fenced to exclude livestock from entering the stream and will be planted with a variety of warm season grasses and native shrubs. Projects like this one on agricultural lands are critical for the Bay Restoration efforts. To properly monitor the success of this project, electro fishing techniques were used to monitor aquatic species diversity pre-construction. Species were documented based on size, species and density and will be compared with post construction density to determine the success of the rehabilitation effort.
Come check out the 7th Mid-Atlantic Stream Restoration Conference held September 23-25 in Baltimore, MD. Ecotone will be presenting on Wednesday, September 23 from 8:30-12. The presentation will focus on Sustainability in your stream restoration designs as well as construction projects.
Breaking Ground: Rutledge Property
Just recently we broke ground on a new stream restoration project here in Harford County. This project is funded through the Harford Soil Conservation District as part of the Deer Creek Watershed Action Strategy. Some of the proposed restoration measures may include bank grading, filling of channel, and installing riffle grade control structures as well as double cross vanes to stabilize the existing areas. Continue to get updates on this job and others here on the website and check out our Facebook page.
In and Around Ecotone
A big thank you to Rich Berkey for 10 years of service here at Ecotone. Rich will continue to lead our construction division as our newly appointed Director of Construction.
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