Midwestern oak savanna and prairie habitats are among the most productive, biodiverse, and valuable landscapes in America.
They are also declining due to the suppression of natural wildfire, urban development, and agriculture.
The landscape mosaic of mesic prairie, savanna, woodland, and forest reaches from Canada to Texas, and from Ohio to Nebraska. Dry prairie is dominant in western rangelands and the Eastern U.S. is a diverse mix of forest, woodland, and meadow habitats.
AES has studied and restored thousands of acres of these upland habitats, with services including
- Ecological Research
- Natural Area Assessment
- Natural Resource Inventory
- Design/Build Restoration
- Qualitative + Quantitative Monitoring
- Comprehensive Ecological Services
AES ecologists understand oak savanna, prairie, meadow, and woodland ecosystems. Our construction professionals have restored hundreds of upland sites, based on AES design and specs from others. Our nursery has produced millions of plants and thousands of pounds of native seed to restore them.
Restoration of upland systems is foundational to the ecological health, hydrologic stability, and water quality of watersheds, urban and rural. Our work in the research, design, and restoration of these systems has contributed significantly to the body of knowledge in the ecological community, to the great benefit of natural systems throughout the U.S.