Landscape Construction & Stewardship
Quality implementation makes all the difference.
CSR specializes in creating environmentally friendly native habitats. Our Native Construction Department team of experts and technicians are responsible for plan and project implementation of native landscapes and restorations. This encompasses the installation of native landscapes using native grasses, flowers, plants, shrubs, and trees, as well as drip irrigation and hardscape features such as patio pavers and block retaining walls.
CSR’s Construction Department is actively involved in restoration projects from design/planning stage all the way to completion. We work with our clients and their goals to see each project to fruition.
In addition to native residential restoration projects, CSR also works on large-scale restoration projects including larger native seed mix installations and plantings; stream restoration involving planting, seeding and bio-log installation; and invasive species removal such as brushing, cut-stump treatments and conscientious herbicide spraying.
The overall goal of any restoration project is to establish a sustainable, healthy, and diverse native plant community. This requires a focused effort to restore a properly functioning native habitat— one that prevents or minimizes erosion, out-competes invasive plants, and provides ecosystem benefits. A management and action-plan will be guided by broad principles that include:
- preserving habitats for native plants and animals
- protecting local watersheds
- establishing a diverse landscape of native plant communities
- improving the conditions of riparian areas and wetlands
- sustaining healthy wildland habitats and open spaces
Conservation Seeding and Restoration Inc.’s stewardship program is built around the premise of ensuring long term success of the restoration process. Stewardship is a feedback mechanism that assesses management activities enacted to fulfill the goal of establishing native flora and fauna. The working goal of the stewardship program is to catch and correct inherent challenges with on-the-ground monitoring and move restoration projects toward a more diverse and healthy native plant community.
The main facets of our stewardship model are vegetation monitoring, weed control, and general maintenance. These three areas support each other and help ensure that projects are progressing on the right track.
Stewardship activities may include:
- invasive species control: non-native weeds, state-listed noxious weeds, and non-native species
- biological monitoring: photo points, measurement of germination success
- weed abatement: weed mapping, weed identification, and establishment of adaptive best management practices for each site
- conscientious chemical applications: pre-emergent and emergent, broadleaf control and grass species control
- installation of caging material to lessen unwanted predation on newly planted native species
Creating a natural habitat in urban environments exposes people to the native fauna of an area as much as it does the flora. “If you have the habitat you will have the inhabitants” --Steven Paulsen
|Benefits: more efficient use of water, and an overall money savings in electricity and water bills!|
Shoreline and Bank Stabilization
|Sediment contributions to our streams, lakes, and rivers are increasing due to the desirable nature of these areas and the disturbances that come with intense use. Encroachment of non-native species typically tends to create a monoculture of plants that have poor root structure, allowing large quantities of sediment to enter our aquatic systems. Re-vegetating the banks of our streams, lakes, and rivers with native plants aids in retaining soil and provides valuable riparian habitat.
Bio-log installation: Bio-logs are just one of the many tools we use for restoring shorelines with “green" solutions. They are best used on lakeshores or in places that have erosion caused by wave action, and are not generally preferred to armor against high flow events in moving water systems (streams and rivers). They are constructed of a biodegradable coconut fiber in varying shapes and sizes. We plant right into the logs after they have been placed. Over several years they simply disappear and leave behind a well rooted shoreline to protect the soil and bank integrity.
Selective Cutting & Brushing
Noxious & Invasive Weed Management