What We Do

Core Services

  • Ecological Restoration
  • Ecological Monitoring and Research
  • Restoration Project Assessment, Planning, and Design

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    IERS leverages diverse experience to assess problems, explore and select strategies, and provide workable restoration designs. IERS also brings experience as an active restoration contractor to create practical project designs appropriate to environmental and client needs.

    A hallmark of the IERS approach is to engage regulatory agencies and key stakeholders as partners early in project planning and design in order to clarify expectations, build trust, and minimize surprises during project implementation. IERS is committed to adding value to environmental decision-making processes by stimulating open dialogue and staying focused on project goals.

    Specific Services

    • Watershed Assessment
    • GIS Mapping and Analysis
    • Erosion Assessment
    • Soil and Vegetation Specifications
    • Restoration Project Implementation Oversight
    • Soil Investigation
    • Erosion Control
    • Steep Slope Restoration/Stabilization
    • Riparian Restoration
    • Wetland Restoration
    • Riparian Restoration
    • Restoration Irrigation Design and Installation
    • TMDL Planning
    • BMP Design
    • Regulatory Compliance
    • Agency Facilitation
  • Education and Publications

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    IERS is in the business of designing restoration projects, implementing restoration projects, and learning from restoration projects. As a firm we do not wish for these efforts to be a closed loop only within IERS. We are dedicated to sharing our results and techniques in order to improve practices and support restoration efforts beyond our company. To this end, we publish peer-reviewed papers, produce documents, and conduct workshops for clients, non-profit groups, and the general public that focus on improving understanding, encouraging lively dialogue, and ultimately enhancing the environment in which we live.

    Specific Services

    • Research Publications
    • Handbooks and Toolkit Documents
    • Residential BMP Trainings
    • Erosion Control and Restoration Trainings
    • Agency Facilitation

Our Approach

IERS is built upon the recognition that soil forms the foundation of terrestrial ecosystems. We recognize that restoring disturbed areas requires a solid understanding of the soil, plants, hydrology and related functional elements. To that end, we have leveraged our extensive fieldwork as a licensed contractor as well as the data we obtain from targeted field research and project monitoring to develop a process that integrates all aspects of a project, including planning, construction implementation, research-level monitoring, and information transfer. We feel that this process provides the highest level of value to our clients and the ecosystems in which we work, irrespective of industry, location, or purpose.

We use self-organizing natural systems as models for our structure, organizing our resources around project goals and needs rather than pre-determined hierarchies. IERS strongly believes in sharing the results of our work in order to benefit the local, regional and global environmental communities. We strive to educate others and disseminate our findings through practical and useful methods such as publications, handbooks, trainings, facilitated working groups and via our website.

IERS has been successful in filling critical information gaps in restoration practice and continues to plan, develop, monitor and share results of projects based on that increased understanding. We continue to address the limitations of our understanding and will continue to apply our integrated process to critical environmental issues.