For the majority of native plant
species, Cardno provides contract and
custom growing services. We can also
propagate seed materials when local
genotype is important.
Cardno has provided contract growing
for numerous clients, including the
US Forest Service, US Army Corps
of Engineers, Indiana Department of
Transportation, Indiana Department of
Natural Resources, and private clients.Custom seed collection and cleaning
Restoration projects often require the
use of seed that can be verified as local
genotype seed. Cardno has selected
genotype specific seed in-stock and
can collect local genotype seed for your
project. For all seed, we use a customized
cleaning process to remove inert material
and contaminants, to produce a purer,
more productive seed lot.
Plant rescue and relocation
Development activities sometimes disturb
or destroy valuable, diverse ecosystems.
Cardno can assess an area and help
clients preserve plants that otherwise
might be destroyed. For example,
Cardno staff successfully transplanted
approximately 100,000 Dwarf Lake Iris
and 30,000 Houghton’s Goldenrod
to protect them from
impacts related to a pipeline expansion.
Our staff can relocate plant species within
an existing site or move them to an entirely
new planting site in other areas.
In addition to Cardno’s full-service turn-key method of project delivery,
our staff can provide additional professional services, adding value to
our native plant materials and enhancing restoration projects.
Ecological restoration planning and design
Cardno has provided comprehensive ecological services to successfully restore habitat
and ecosystem functionality for thousands of projects across the country, including
developing and implementing large, complex, multi-million dollar restoration projects.
Our team of professionals address each site’s unique technical challenges, navigate
regulatory requirements, and handle critical administrative support of complex and basic
restoration and mitigation projects. Cardno’s integrated project management approach
fosters innovative solutions that get results and save clients time and money.
Natural area management
Our restoration management team creates effective, yet flexible maintenance and
management plans to support long-term project success. Using our extensive GPS/GIS
capabilities, our staff combines cutting-edge technology with site-specific ecological
and botanical knowledge to identify and quantify problem areas, and potential threats
to site development, and track the progress of restoration efforts.
Stream restoration projects start with understanding current site conditions and
impairments. Cardno conducts ecological assessments, fluvial-geomorphology
characterization, reference reach surveys, and erosion inventory and evaluation to
understand the baseline state. We also perform in-depth aquatic species surveys,
with particular emphasis on endangered species identification. We perform channel
realignment, grade and bank stabilization, and aquatic habitat enhancement. We
develop design-build solutions and supervise construction.