To practice responsible land stewardship by promoting, facilitating, and managing property to create and support ecologically diverse native landscapes.
We offer management plans that work to convert lands to ecologically beneficial landscapes, including lawn to native meadow conversions, invasive species control through manual removal and management, and installation of companion plantings of trees and shrubs of varying sizes for forest and landscaped areas.
Our process starts with an initial phone conversation to discuss goals and objectives for your property followed by a site inventory and analysis of your property. This then leads to a written proposal and an estimated project timeline.
Inspired by our research about soil health, carbon sequestration, and other climate-change related concerns, we view this work as vital to restoring and maintaining the well-being of our lands.
New England Aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae) pictured above
Our focus is on converting lawns and otherwise barren spaces into native meadows and wooded areas utilizing native trees, shrubs, plants, and grasses. This will provide critical habitat for birds and pollinators, improve soil health and sequester carbon, prevent erosion, and improve water quality.
If you are planning a landscape installation, consider one that supports our local ecology.
Invasive Species Control
Invasive species are any species that are non-native and harm the local ecosystem. They crowd out and can kill important tree species that provide shade, carbon storage and habitat for native wildlife. In order for Ecological landscapes to be successful, invasive species removal and management is necessary. Our take on managing invasive species will is through non-chemical, manual & mechanical removal. Because of the aggressive nature of invasive plants, it is unlikely that one treatment will completely eradicate a population.
Native Trees & Shrubs
Native plants are those that occur naturally in a region in which they evolved. They are the ecological basis upon which life depends, including wildlife and people. Without them and the insects that co-evolved with them, local wildlife cannot survive. By removing non-native, invasive species and replacing them with native material, we can encourage healthy ecosystems in our own environment and mitigate damage to native ecosystems.
Meadows provide many important ecosystem services, such as water infiltration, nutrient cycling, carbon storage, soil and nutrient recycling, and creating a biodiverse community for flora and fauna. Meadows comprise of mostly native grasses (40% to 60% cover) with a mix herbaceous plants. By establishing these in a dense and diverse planting, property owners can enjoy the beauty of seasonal and yearly succession while experiencing a renewed connection with nature. If done properly, once these installations are established they will have minimal maintenance requirements going forward.
Initial Phone Conversation
Site Inventory & Analysis
Implementation Plan & Timeline
Talk with Caleb over the phone to discuss goals & objectives for your property.
Take aerial photo of your property, document existing vegetation and other important information.
Development of management plan with a timeline of the work. Convert areas through our process with the next steps.
Native trees & shrubs that we offer
We have a variety of bare-root material available that is native to New York and more specially, Columbia County.
Native privacy screening trees & shrubs with minimal deer browse
Interested in creating native and natural privacy screening on your property? We have compiled a list of some preferred native plants we can recommend for this purpose.
Native facultative wetland (FACW) plant species we offer
Facultative wetland (FACW) plants usually occur in wetlands, but may occur in non-wetlands.
Thank you for such a beautiful & meticulous job as usual. Sara, Jan, and Brian are a great crew!