Woods Hole Group has unparalleled expertise and experience in restoring wetlands habitat. A habitat is a complex system that is the result of the coexistence of hydrology, morphology, plants, and animals. Woods Hole Group knows that it is necessary to understand the entire system that includes hydrology, plants, and animals that live within the habitat in order to restore it, and we therefore apply the concepts of Ecological Engineering and Adaptive Management to these complex projects. By incorporating self-design into the restoration, we allow nature to complete the final design resulting in a better outcome and reduced project costs.
When restoring a degraded habitat it is often necessary to make a value judgment that assesses the value of the degraded habitat against the potential value of the restored habitat. Woods Hole Group has completed many complex habitat restoration projects and can make this evaluation by bringing a multi-disciplined team to the project, including a Professional Wetland Scientist, biologists, and engineers. The team is able to assess the existing habitat and then use state-of-the-art tools to determine the best methods to use for the restoration project. Habitat restoration specialties include:
- Salt Marsh
- Barrier Beaches & Dunes
- Submerged Aquatic Vegetation
- Shellfish & Fisheries
- Monitoring & Adaptive Management