Project Planning

 Our projects often begin with a site assessment that provides a framework for classifying and describing open space hydrology, soils and vegetation; thereby delineating land units that share similar capabilities to respond to management activities or disturbance.

These generally follow Ecological Site Descriptions (ESDs) which are reports that provide detailed information about a particular kind of land - a distinctive Ecological Site.  ESDs provide land managers the information needed for evaluating the land as to suitability for various land-uses, capability to respond to different management activities or disturbance processes, and the ability to sustain productivity over the long term.

ESD information is presented in four major sections:

·            Site Characteristics -- physical geography, climate, soil, and water features

·            Plant Communities – plant species, vegetation states, and ecological dynamics

·            Site Interpretations –  management alternatives for the site and its related resources

·            Supporting Information – relevant permits, literature, information and data sources

The product of the assessment, either formal or informal, is a project plan that defines our goals for an area and a road map for how we can achieve our goals.

 

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