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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