Ecological Restoration

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Ecological Restoration at Scale

Each and every mitigation offset credit and mitigation solution delivered involves a specific land-based restorative activity. RES monitors and manages sites through invasive species control, site preparation, hydrologic and soil manipulation, and vegetative plantings. 

Restorative Plant Nurseries

Our coastal, estuary, marsh, and barrier restoration process starts at the source—with seeds. Instead of sourcing plants from existing wetlands, we grow and propagate native plant species from from our nurseries in Somerset Township, Pennsylvania, and Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana. This allows us to supply commercial quantities of certified, native plants for coastal, marsh, and dune restoration, as well as barrier island establishment projects. With multiple greenhouses and multiple acre-sized sustainable growing ponds, RES propagates the trees, plants, and grasses that we deploy for our ecological offset supply activities, ensuring a ready supply of restorative plant materials.

Capabilities

  • Coastal restoration
  • Dune restoration
  • Marsh wetland restoration
  • Emergent marsh restoration
  • Terrace establishment and stabilization
  • Oyster clutch restoration
  • Custom native grass and tree propagation
  • Barrier island restoration

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Restorative Grass, Plant, and Tree Species

  • Bitter panicum
  • California bulrush
  • Gulf blue stem
  • Giant cut grass
  • Marshhay cordgrass
  • Smooth cordgrass
  • Sea oats
  • Seashore paspalum
  • Vetiver
  • Black mangrove
  • Bald cypress 
  • Nutall oak
  • Swamp chestnut 
  • Tupelo gum 
  • Shumard oak 
  • White oak 
  • Water oak 
  • Cherry bark

“Our sustainable approach to growing marsh grasses and other native plant species allows us to supply restoration projects along the Gulf Coast. These native species grasses are planted to stabilize our fragile coastline and improve Louisiana wetlands’ performance and ability to provide natural protection for our citizens.”

–Elliott Bouillion, President & CEO, RES

Contact

George Kelly
Phone: 410.568.2746
Email: gkelly@res.us

Contact

George Kelly
Phone: 410.568.2746
Email: gkelly@res.us

Many parts of Louisiana are losing wetlands at an alarming rate of 3.9 square miles per year. In Louisiana, RES is a leader in supply of wetland offsets. We deliver offset solutions for large project sites and linear projects, including those crossing regulatory jurisdictions. RES works closely with landowners to supply ecological offsets to permittees operating in and transporting from the Haynesville Shale to waiting markets. From wetland mitigation banks to custom, turnkey sites, our proactive approach helps permittees reserve project mitigation before permitting, leading to timely permits, reduced operational risk and lower mitigation costs.

Notable Accomplishments

  • Restored over 16,500 wetland acres
  • Provided ecological offset solutions for Louisiana’s most active watersheds
  • Created the nursery at Pointe Aux Chenes, the Gulf Coast’s largest commercial provider of restorative, native vegetation, grasses and plants used for marsh, dune and barrier island restoration
  • Supplied over 70% of wetland offsets supporting Haynesville Shale development
  • Delivered offset solutions for complex projects throughout all Louisiana wetland habitats 

Contact

Justin Ardoin
Phone: 337.443.6934
Email: jardoin@res.us

Pointe Aux Chene

  • County: Terrebonne
  • Wetland Acres: 524
  • Stream LF: 0

Contact

Justin Ardoin
Phone: 337.443.6934
Email: jardoin@res.us

In South Carolina, RES provides wetland, stream, and endangered species solutions. 

Notable Accomplishments

  • Helped permit the Waccamaw Wetland Mitigation Bank in record time—just 18 months—through collaboration with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources and the US Army Corps of Engineers
  • Restored and protected 495 acres in the Enoree River Basin
  • Protected 754 acres with the Waccamaw Wetland Mitigation Bank
  • Preserved 375.5 acres of Carolina Bay
  • Preserved 811 acres of Carolina Heelsplitter habitat

Contact

George Walker
Phone: 843.735.0066
Email: gwalker@res.us

North Carolina is home to more than 40 different types of wetlands—including saltwater, brackish tidal, and freshwater wetlands. As such, North Carolina has established many programs to protect riparian buffers and reduce nutrients. RES was one of the earliest ecological offset providers to work in North Carolina.

Notable Accomplishments

  • Worked the Neu-Con Umbrella Bank, one of the first approved wetland and stream mitigation banks in North Carolina
  • Collaborated with landowners and farm families to restore and preserve approximately 57 miles of stream and 2,000 acres of wetlands in North Carolina
  • Restored 5,299 linear feet of stream and 4.44 acres of wetlands in the North Fork Mountain Creek project

Contact

Cara Conder
Phone: 919.209.1052
Email: cconder@res.us

Notable Accomplishments

  • Sponsored a 400-acre wetland mitigation bank on Chickahominy River, Virginia
  • Established a 545-acre wetland mitigation bank in the Lower James Watershed

Contact

Claire Wolanski
Phone: 804.591.4060
Email: cwolanski@res.us

Since its explosive growth in the 1940s, Maryland lost approximately 60,000 acres of ecologically diverse wetlands. RES works with the Maryland Department of the Environment among other state and federal agencies to restore, recreate, and enhance these lost wetlands. 

Notable Accomplishments

  • Restored 60.6 acres of wetlands in the Irvine Nature Center with a stream, riparian buffer, and nutrient offset component

RES was the first to offer commercial off-the-shelf offset solutions for stream crossing and wetland impacts throughout Pennsylvania. In addition to supplying the first mitigation-banking instrument approved in Pennsylvania, RES launched a statewide instrument that streamlines approvals of additional locations as mitigation banking sites in Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

Notable Accomplishments

  • Restored 195,000 linear feet of degraded streams throughout Pennsylvania

Contact

Jon Kasitz
Phone: 717.371.6797
Email: jon@res.us

Somerset Township, Pennsylvania

  • County: Somerset Township

Contact

Jon Kasitz
Phone: 717.371.6797
Email: jon@res.us

Largely dominated by the Appalachian Mountains, the biggest challenge in West Virginia is supporting economic growth while mitigating impact to one of the most biologically diverse mountain ecosystems on the continent. We provide proactive, innovative stream mitigation solutions for operators and developers to obtain permits from multiple state and federal regulatory agencies.

Notable Accomplishments

  • Restored 3,485 linear feet of stream and 46.61 acres of wetlands in the Meadow River Stream project
  • Restored 3,073 linear feet of stream and 15.82 acres of wetland in the Tygart Valley River watershed for the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources

Contact

Kevin Roush
Phone: 304.981.7003
Email: kroush@res.us

In Texas, RES supplies offset solutions for projects along the East Texas Corridor, where hydrocarbons are delivered to processing plants in Pasadena, Baytown, Mont Belvieu, Beaumont and Port Arthur. In northeast Texas, RES supplies mitigation solutions for development of interstate oil pipelines, residential communities, oilfields, and highway and water reservoir projects.

Notable Accomplishments

  • Protecting over 2,500 acres in Texas through conservation easements

Contact

Kari Sutton
Phone: 281.254.7178
Email: ksutton@res.us

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