Creating a Native Landscape
Provide public education
Traditional aesthetic values focused on manicured landscapes may conflict with
sustainable and ecologically-sound landscapes. To help reduce the potential for such
conflicts, restoration projects can include an educational component on the benefits of
native landscapes and serve as outdoor classrooms. Cardno can assist with community
outreach for urban native landscape and green infrastructure projects.
Achieve green building site design goals
Creating native landscapes is often part of a larger design context, in particular the US
Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating
system. Our team of professionals has extensive experience designing and installing
landscapes and stormwater systems that provide projects with key LEED credits.
Reduce operational costs and long-term maintenance
Once established, native plants require little to no use of chemical fertilizers, herbicides,
or pesticides, minimal watering and weeding, and less frequent mowing, than traditional
turf grass, reducing long-run maintenance costs.
Determine budget and resources
Most projects have limited access to funds, equipment, and other needed resources.
To help avoid delays and cost increases, determine the project budget early in the
process. In addition to materials and installation, funds are needed for maintenance after
installation. While native landscapes have lower long-term maintenance needs, they
need to be monitored and maintained during establishment, to ensure long-term success.
Cardno provided stream construction
and native revegetation services, as a
subcontractor to the Michels Corporation
(Michels), as part of one of the most
comprehensive dam removal and restoration
projects in Michigan’s history and one of
the largest such projects in the Great Lakes
Basin. The Cass Road Dam removal project,
located in northwest Michigan, involved the
restoration of approximately 9,400 linear feet
of river channel. Cardno assisted Michels
with river restoration services including:
installation of 43 acres of native floodplain
and upland seeding; construction of 4,100
linear feet of fabric encapsulated soil lifts;
placement of 530 large wood structures; and
installation of 10,050 square yards of slope
protection and erosion control.
The project restored fishery movement
throughout the mainstream and tributaries,
restored natural large woody debris transport,
mitigated temperature regimes lethal to
salmonids, and restored natural stream flow
function and channel form.
Boardman River Dam Removal