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‘Wood’ You Believe It?  Engineered Wood Structures as
a Restoration Approach—See it for Yourself

Organized by Biohabitats, Inc., Meadville Land Services, Environmental Quality Resource, Arundel Rivers Federation, and GreenVest

Just a 30-minute bus ride from the conference hotel is Bacon Ridge Branch, the site of the first stream in Maryland to be restored using only wood, harvested on site, for structure.

We will pick you up at the conference hotel, provide a bag lunch, and take you to two stream restoration sites in nearby Anne Arundel County, Maryland. We will bring you back to the conference hotel in time for dinner.  The sites will require walking on level to gently rolling land and knee boots are the ideal footwear. We will talk/answer questions about the projects on the short (30-min) bus trip to and from the sites as well as during the tour.

First, you will visit a 4,100-ft long design-build stream restoration project that used 80 engineered wood structures harvested on-site to restore an actively incising stream and reconnect the stream to its forested floodplain.  Permitted in 2018 and funded by the DNR Trust Fund, this project for the Arundel Rivers Federation was designed by Biohabitats and constructed by Meadville Land Services during the fall of 2018 and winter of 2019. 

The second project, located downstream on Bacon Ridge Branch, will be under construction during our field tour.  This 18,000-ft long full-delivery stream restoration project uses all wood structures harvested on-site with the same goals outlined above. This project client is GreenVest, with funding from the Maryland State Highway Administration’s full delivery stream restoration services contract. Biohabitats is the designer and EQR is the contractor. 

Who “wood” miss this opportunity to see an approach to stream restoration that dramatically reduces a project’s cost and carbon footprint?   Join us!