Plant community dynamics are more completely understood when combined with the hydrologic and geomorphic information that shapes the underlying physical habitat (soil, water table, chemistry, and disturbance regime). We provide the following botanical services:
Stillwater Sciences uses this interdisciplinary approach to design restoration and management plans that maximize native plant diversity and long-term sustainability, including predicting and planning for impacts of climate change. We develop monitoring schemes that reveal the causes, rather than just the outcomes, of project performance and use spatially explicit models of site conditions and processes to help analyze different restoration scenarios, predict riparian vegetation recruitment, and develop effective revegetation designs and mitigation measures. Vegetation analyses can be combined with fish and wildlife habitat requirements to plan restoration and management actions that benefit the overall ecosystem.
In addition to our field expertise, our in-house botanical laboratory allows us to quickly and efficiently key out plants for reporting and analysis.
From design to post-project implementation, Stillwater scientists contributed to the restoration of Big Bend (poster, pdf, 1.5M), a 250-acre parcel on the Tuolumne River just west of the City of Modesto. Staff studied and reported on re-vegetation efforts, the occurrence of natural recruitment, and the use of improved floodplain by fish for spawning and rearing. We documented the timing and extent of flooding and scour/sedimentation under various natural flow conditions, and incorporated study results into a GIS to validate modeling parameters. Our efforts will support effective management of Big Bend into the future.