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.