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Creating a

Native Landscape

Restoring native plant communities and creating attractive,

dynamic landscapes using native plants requires in-depth

knowledge of native plants and habitats. When designing a

project, there are nine basic elements of successfully establishing

native plant communities:


Determine project objectives


Determine budget and resources


Assess site conditions


Select plant species


Determine seed and plant quantities


Prepare site for installation


Follow appropriate timing


Install seed and plant material


Monitor and maintain site



Flight 93 National Memorial

The Cardno Native Plant Nursery was

honored to supply more than 16,000 native

grasses and flowering plants to the Flight

93 National Memorial, located in Somerset

County, Pennsylvania.

The memorial, which was dedicated on

September 10, 2011, has been in progress

since 2002 to commemorate the heroism

demonstrated by the crew and passengers of

Flight 93 who lost their lives on September

11, 2001. The native landscape design by

Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects

enhances the Visitor Center Complex at the

memorial site.

The native plants provided by Cardno include:


Common Oak Sedge

, Carex pensylvanica


Common Rush,

Juncus effusus


Cardinal Flower,

Lobelia cardinalis


Great Blue Lobelia,

Lobelia siphilitica


Little Bluestem,

Schizachyrium scoparium


New England Aster,




Switch Grass,

Panicum virgatum

The plants were delivered for installation in

late May 2013. Cardno was part of a team,

including VHB and Davey Resource Group,

who performed under an Indefinite Delivery,

Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract with the US

Department of Interior. Cardno is proud to be

part of the Flight 93 National Memorial.

Determine project objectives

A restoration project may seek to achieve one or several goals, such as:

Manage stormwater

As stormwater infrastructure becomes overburdened, and additional regulations are

adopted, communities are seeking alternatives to conventional stormwater systems.

Natural treatment options, such as bioswales and rain gardens, have been shown to

successfully assist with water quality and quantity management issues. Cardno can

provide stormwater planning options and assist with regulatory compliance.

Restore watersheds

Water quality and quantity have gained importance in areas that have long enjoyed

abundant, clean water. Native landscape ecosystems can support water purification,

groundwater recharge, and stormwater management. Healthy aquatic ecosystems rely

on a carefully managed balance of vegetation, hydrology, and biological communities.

Cardno’s team of aquatic ecologists can assist with watershed assessment and design.