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Our Approach and Philosophy

NRE’s singular goal is to foster biodiversity. Species richness and diversity is under attack from every possible angle in many of today’s ecological landscapes. Native Range Ecological embraces an “ecosystem approach” to restoration, carefully considering every part of the complex web that comprises ecological landscapes.


Once a restoration plan is finalized and approved by the client, our real work begins. We write realistic and attainable plans. This is not done by climbing an ivory tower, writing a plan in a vacuum, and then handing off the deliverable plan to the client and running.   


Once a plan is completed, we facilitate each step of implementation. By tapping into our extensive network of partners, we can oversee restoration projects from the pre-permit meeting and the first day of site preparation to final permit sign off and complete establishment of the project. Beyond the establishment phase of a project, we offer annual vegetation monitoring and reporting services to ensure project longevity and regulatory compliance (if applicable). 

What We Do

What We Do


Ecological and Wildlife Habitat Assessments


Vegetation Surveys

Wetland and Waterway Restoration
  • Ecological and wildlife habitat assessments

  • Vegetation surveys

  • Rare and threatened species surveys

  • Prescribed fire planning

  • Invasive species management

  • Wetland, pond, and stream restoration 

  • Planning, permitting, and design for prairie, wetland, and forestry restoration

  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

  • GPS Survey, Geospatial Database Development

  • Drone Survey

  • Certified Erosion, Sediment and Stormwater Inspector (CESSWI)

    Beaver coexistence

  • Expert witness testimony

  • Public speaking engagements

Restoration Planning

What are the Moving Parts of a Truly Sustainable Restoration Plan?


Background Data Review

  • Historical imagery review

  • Review of historical/archeological data

  • Desktop review of soil, hydrology, and land use history

  • Regulatory review

  • Agency program review (if applicable)


Site Assessment

  • Vegetation inventory (woody and herbaceous)

  • Wildlife habitat assessment

  • Soil analysis

  • Erosional analysis (slope, shoreline, bluff, stream bank)

  • GPS waypoint collection of significant resource attributes

  • Drone survey

  • Rare species survey


Restoration Planning

  • Floristic Quality Index

  • Step by Step Restoration Plan

    • Statement of Project objectives

    • Site preparation

    • Native seed and plant material species lists

    • Implementation plan

    • Maintenance plan

    • Monitoring plan with clear evaluation metrics

  • Project timeline

  • Project budget (Opinion of Probable Cost)

  • Figures and Photos


Plan Implementation

  • Pre-project meetings 

  • General contracting

  • Product acquisition (erosion control products, plants, seed, etc.)

  • Project oversight

  • Monitoring and reporting

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