Landscape engineering is a powerful tool for creating habitats for wildlife. It combines traditional landscape design with conservation biology, using local ecological data to create designs that are built from native plant communities. This approach offers resilient solutions that can be found in the adaptations, structure, relationships and population dynamics of natural flora. It also provides an elegant ecological beauty that is unique to temperate eastern landscapes. Our projects are examples of how humans can coexist with natural ecosystems and wildlife.
Each project leads to ecological education and a greater sense of feeling at home in a landscape. Landscape ecology proposes designing landscape mosaics, which are matrices of ecological patches, corridors and borders, to serve a wider and more diverse range of ecological systems and functions. A good designer knows how to introduce aesthetically pleasing landscape scenes with visually appealing combinations of flora, fauna and supporting landscape elements. For example, beavers are such good engineers that some wildlife and landscape managers are putting them to work to restore wetlands and create dams more efficiently than human engineers.