Services for Businesses, Homeowners, and Landowners

EOS offers services in:

Ecological Land and Property Management including management of mitigation lands and other preserved open spaces.

Need a Straight Second Opinion About Removing (a) Trees? Virginia bought her present home before even going inside the house! Why? Because she loved the oak woodland that surrounds it and she has cared and nurtured it ever since resulting in a healthy and diverse native wildlife/bird population. The trees also hold the soil and prevent erosion on her property which would be severe without the trees because she lives on a slope.

Did you know that you can become a “Certified Arborist” just by paying to take a test? Yes, it’s this easy but this doesn’t make a person an expert in trees. Virginia holds a B.S. and M.S. in Botany/Ecology. She also took forestry (dendrology) courses at Ohio State. She has done many tree surveys (including landmark) as a professional botanist with a M.S. and has decades of experience. If someone has told you your trees “have” to come down, call us for a second opinion. EOS is about conservation and protection of natural resources. EOS doesn’t cut down trees. We love trees so we have no incentive to encourage you to cut yours. We charge a very reasonable $45/hour for any location within ten miles of our office location in Alta Sierra. (Mileage rates of 0.60/mile apply after this).

Landowner Ecological Assessments:
Do You Know Your Land? Do You Know How to Manage It Ecologically? You Will Manage Your Land Better When You Know What’s On It!

LANDOWNER ECOLOGICAL ASSESSMENTS can include identification of:
–soils, geology, and the watershed your property is in; water quality testing.
–plants/vegetation communities, native and non-native plants.
(Stop weed-wacking your CA native wildflowers and target the real weeds!).
–wildlife and wildlife habitats on your property.
This information is then compiled into a report to be used for managing your land wisely. It is also considered an asset when selling your land. It can be passed along to the new landowners to assist them as well.

Exterior and Interior Eco-scaping with Drought-tolerant California Native Plants including Landscaping to Manage Stormwater Runoff.

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There are many practices our society has engaged in that in the final analysis, were not great ideas–a few of which include cigarettes and jarts.

Two of them may be lawns (that consist mostly of plants introduced from Europe) and our love of asphalt or the placement of what is called “impervious surface” over soil. Putting asphalt over the land not only creates “heat islands” (more on this soon) but it has changed this important dynamic so where once it rained/snowed and water soaked back into the ground recharging local creeks, now it sheets off massive amounts of water all at once in flash storm events, overwhelming our local creeks and sewer systems (i.e. causing more flooding). Also when water sheets off asphalt, it carries pollutants, sediment with it into our major waterways. The natural filtering process through soil/wetlands removes pollutants and sediment as it makes its way back into local watersheds (creeks, lakes, ponds, aquifers, etc.). Wetlands also act as sponges to prevent flooding.

We’ve all seen the photos of cars in the 1920’s stuck in mud! Pavement is great idea for getting around, sure, but it’s not a great idea for conserving and cleaning our water. There are far better design options available nowadays that include permeable/pervious paving stone, pervious cement, and other types of pavement/surfaces that allow water to soak through but still offer stability. EOS offers consulting services to assist you in researching these kinds of options.

An axiom now used that addresses how to reverse this process is: “CAPTURE, FILTER, RECHARGE”. CAPTURE means trying to keep all the water on your property/site as long as possible through the use of capture basins and native vegetation. The water is “captured” by basins and vegetation, held there which gives it a chance to soak into the ground and FILTER back into the watershed, thereby RECHARGING local water supplies. Also, research has shown that the most valuable vegetation you can have on the site is woody, deep-rooted vegetation, such as trees and shrubs. Deep rooted plants help recharge local aquifers by allowing water to move deep into the soil often to underground water reservoirs or aquifers. (“Fire-clearing” is affecting this dynamic in very serious ways because it focuses on removing the woody vegetation and what comes in afterwards are often shallow-rooted non-native grasses).

Based on these and other ecological principles,
EOS OFFERS THE FOLLOWING SERVICES:
(also see ad on Garden Scout): Ecological Outreach Services is a showcased Grass Valley, CA landscape designer on GardenScout.com!

Rain/Storm Water Garden Installations
Is your business surrounded by a sea of asphalt? EOS offers the installation of rainwater gardens specifically on the borders of asphalt “seas” in order to capture water that sheets off the asphalt. Gardens are put in with California native plants, the objective of which is to make them as self-sustaining as possible, but also, beautiful.

AR&R–“Asphalt Removal and Restoration”: Working With a Local Licensed Contractor, We Offer Complete Removal of Paved Surfaces to Soil, With Restoration to Native Plants.

Get Rid of that Lawn! We offer Native Plant Landscaping Services/Native Plant Palettes/Recommendations for Your Landscaper to Use, and Can Recommend Water-Saving Designs.

I think that I shall ever see, asphalt as vast as the sea; perhaps unless the asphalt cracks, we'll never get clean water back!

I think that I shall ever see, asphalt as vast as the sea; perhaps unless the asphalt cracks, we’ll never get the water back!

 

Stormwater running directly into storm drain, with no sediment/litter capture covering and it drains directly into Wolf Creek. Anything in its path, including gasoline, oil, antifreeze, or a paper cup, ends up in our waterways.

Stormwater running directly into storm drain, with no sediment/litter capture covering, drains directly into Wolf Creek. Anything in its path, including gasoline, oil, antifreeze, sediment, or a paper cup, ends up in our waterways.

Habitat, Function, Beauty-- Native CA goldenrod planted next to a steep driveway prevents erosion, captures runoff, enhances local habitat , and looks beautiful.

Habitat, Function, Beauty– Native CA goldenrod planted next to a steep driveway prevents erosion, captures runoff, enhances local habitat , and looks beautiful.


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