GEI’s ecological restoration experts apply a suite of knowledge and tools to repair and restore impaired, damaged, or degraded ecosystems. Our multi-faceted approach to restoration considers the intersection of ecological, functional, regulatory, and cultural needs. GEI’s interdisciplinary team is skilled and experienced in all aspects of ecological restoration across the country.

Our staff assess existing and historical site conditions to determine how and why a site has been impacted or degraded. GEI’s team of ecologists and engineers analyze the complex interactions of climate, geology, plants, water, soils, wildlife, and humans and how those factors contribute to the health of a given ecosystem. We combine these factors with a client’s schedule and budget to develop clearly defined project goals and scientifically defensible restoration plans.

For inquiries about work in Canada please contact: Heather Whitehouse, M.Sc., CERP.



Ecological Restoration Planning and Design

Successful ecological restoration planning and design begins with an understanding of local climate, geology, ecology, soils, water, and regulations. GEI’s integrated team of ecologist, biologists, landscape architects, and engineers combine their local knowledge and experience with a client’s goals, budgets, and schedules to craft ecological restoration plans that are functional, feasible, and ecologically sound.

GEI can tailor the scope and scale of the effort to meet the needs of any client from landscape-scale restoration planning to site specific management plans for private, public, and non-profit clients. Design elements may vary greatly, but commonly include site grading, native planting and seeding, bioengineered erosion controls, and invasive species management. GEI’s project designs are based in real world experience gained from constructing the projects we design.

Habitat Mitigation Planning and Design

GEI takes a comprehensive approach to addressing our clients’ habitat mitigation needs. We engage early in the project lifecycle, integrating with project planning, design, and permitting to avoid and minimize project impacts and develop mitigation plans that are practical and achievable. Habitat mitigation planning should consider and align with regional conservation priorities and restoration initiatives, resulting in mitigation that addresses multiple objectives and achieves benefits beyond just meeting regulatory requirements.

Ecological Restoration Project Construction, Management, and Monitoring

In addition to planning and design, the GEI team is skilled in effective habitat restoration administration and oversight of construction contract, planting and seeding, installation of bioengineered shoreline and streambank stabilization features, and management of invasive species in a variety of aquatic and terrestrial environments.

GEI firmly believes that monitoring and adaptive management during the establishment period are critical to meet short-term project objectives and achieve long-term restoration success. GEI’s restoration team can handle all site, wildlife, and vegetation monitoring requirements. Our keen observational skills and practical on-the-ground expertise result in early intervention with practical management recommendations to achieve maximum results.

Meet the Team

Heather Whitehouse, M.SC., CERP

Senior Ecological Restoration Lead

Heather Beam

Senior Ecologist

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