At our October Monthly Highlights meeting for N-EWN Partner members, affiliates Christopher Streb, Senior Ecological Engineer at Biohabitats, and Kelsey Broich, Creative Design Specialist with the Institute for Resilient Infrastructure Systems, presented respectively on the Regeneration Principle of ecological restoration projects and landscape design processes.
Streb gave examples of projects Biohabitats has worked on, such as the Reimagine Middle Branch project, which restored 11 miles of continuous living shoreline in Baltimore, MD. He further explored the Regeneration principle, which is meant to ensure that the benefits of restoration projects outweigh the environmental costs, such as transportation and materials- essentially, asking if restoration projects actually restorative. These conversations are critical in planning natural infrastructure projects to ensure maximum return of ecological function and ecosystem services to natural capital investments made.
Meanwhile, Kelsey Broich highlighted the process of creating visual communication about Nature-based Solutions. These landscape architecture renderings and graphics were featured in the new Nature-based Solutions for Biodiversity Handbook, created by a team of interdisciplinary N-EWN affiliates including landscape architects/designers like Broich, engineers, and ecologists.