Ecology The Way It Should Be
Ecological restoration works to return an ecosystem that has been degraded, damaged, transformed, or destroyed directly or indirectly by human activities to its historical growth path. AMT’s team of landscape architects and engineers visit each site to collect data, conduct studies, and inventory natural, social, cultural, and physical environments to help gain the best understanding of the site’s opportunities and constraints.
Restoration from the Human Impacts on the Environment
After fully evaluating the information from our thorough site analysis, our professionals can highlight areas of conflict or harmony between humans and nature. Where we find areas of conflict, we create designs that combine science and aesthetics. We use native plant materials to increase opportunities to attract birds, insects, and other animals to our designs while also helping decrease maintenance over the long term.
Restoration has a large scope that includes reforestation, restoring and constructing wetlands, and restoring meadowlands. In many cases, ecological restoration helps also re-establish cultural and historical landscapes. AMT’s certified arborists can evaluate existing forest stands and experienced wetland delineators can evaluate existing wetlands.
We also work to restore the hydrological cycle through innovative stormwater management. Urban sprawl and development has diverted the natural hydrological cycle and this causes problems after heavy storms. By dealing with runoff in smaller stormwater facilities that are located throughout a site, this not only helps decrease the flow of water into storm sewers, but also helps recharge groundwater supplies.
AMT approaches ecological restoration in a holistic manner. We believe that the soil is equally important as the plants in the landscape. We have knowledge and understanding of how soils properly function through research and field experience on sites with differing soil types and situations. When necessary, we partner with geotechnical engineers to better understand how the soils and geology affect restoration efforts.