Natural Resource Inventory

"To keep every cog and wheel is the first precaution of intelligent tinkering." - Aldo Leopold

In the biota written about by Aldo Leopold, the cogs and wheels of our natural world are plants and animals. If we are intelligent in our land-use tinkering, we must first learn about the cogs and wheels, whether at site-scale or regional. This is the objective of Natural Resource Inventory.

AES botanists and ecologists complete dozens of NRI projects and natural area assessments every year, in nearly every biome of the U.S., at all project scales, for many different organizations, with many differing objectives.

The question, in all cases, is “What are the existing conditions?”

Whether we’re in the field using quadrats along transects to identify plants and document vegetation cover, or we’re developing new ways to use aerial imagery, remote sensing, and GIS for land interpretation, AES’ objective is to provide the scientific understanding needed for intelligent tinkering with land-use decisions.

  • Natural Resource Inventory
  • Vegetation Inventory + Monitoring
  • Wildlife Studies
  • Permitting Assistance
  • Aerial Imaging + Mapping
  • GIS Analysis + Data Interpretation
  • Remote Sensing + Analysis

Approach

To inventory is to count.  On a parcel basis, AES botanists identify and inventory plants, ecologists inventory birds, herptiles, mammals and insects…and our soil specialists even “inventory” the carbon content of samples taken in our research work.

Frequently, development projects require a detailed inventory of site conditions, as do wetland mitigation projects, natural area restorations, environmental damage projects and many others.

AES approaches each with a scientific understanding of the needs of the species and ecosystems involved, and a perspective of the opportunity value they offer for ecosystem services.

 


Natural Resource Inventory Portfolio

Badger Mining Taylor Plant

Badger Mining Taylor Plant

Bend in the River

Bend in the River

Illinois INAI Update/IDNR

Illinois INAI Update/IDNR

St. Joseph’s Center

St. Joseph’s Center

WI Driftless Area

WI Driftless Area

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