We offer many types of consulting services to a variety of customers. Most commonly we do sustainability consulting, landscape assessment, and conservation management plans. We also offer a wide range of educational services for the public, community groups, and our clients.
Rosmarie Lohnes has become an in-demand speaker and educator at conferences, professional development sessions, community events, and public seminars. Speaking on a wide variety of topics ranging from coastal erosion management to eco-forestry to growing your own vegetables from seed she is an inspiring, knowledgeable and memorable presenter. She has spoken for local garden clubs, NGO’s like the Friends of Nature, Ecology Action Centre and the Bluenose Coastal Action Foundation to name a few, and at scientific conferences like the Restore America’s Estuaries Conference in 2014.
New property owners and developments often begin by clearing land, trees and plants, before knowing what beauty and natural assets may be lost. Our expert consultants can determine ecological issues and property assets before you purchase land or construction begins.
Realtor Support Services
A sophisticated landscape can increase the sale value of a home by 5.5–12.7% (Alex X. Niemiera, Department of Horticulture, Virginia Tech.). We can develop a plan for realtors and their clients to improve the curb appeal and resale value of any house. What can we do to help you sell your house?
Conservation Land Management Plans
This specialized service can be of great benefit to property owners, businesses, town planners, municipalities, and provincial governments. We develop strategic comprehensive management plans to suit a variety of properties and ecosystem types. Ecological forestry plans can help individuals and communities get the most safe use and environmental benefit out of their forested spaces. Living Shoreline erosion management plans can help individuals, towns, and municipalities mitigate erosion and plan for future sea level rise. Water and flood management plans such as rain gardens, drainage, riparian zone restoration are crucial in town and municipal planning.
Rosmarie is available as a guest lecturer for educational institutions and speaks annually to the Ecological Restoration class at St. Mary’s University, Halifax and the Natural Resources and Environmental Technology class at the Nova Scotia Community College, Lunenburg Campus.
We deliver a wide range of educational workshops from our Bridgewater office. Some of these include: sustainable landscape design, Living Shoreline erosion management, seed saving and propagation, dormant pruning, biodynamic gardening, and horticulture as therapy.
Kirsten Ellis, our Operations Manager, specializes in speaking about coastal change, coastal zone management, erosion, and Living Shorelines.She got her MSc from Saint Mary’s University studying Living Shorelines and has presented her research at the Friends of Crescent Beach AGM and at the Restore America’s Estuaries Living Shoreline conference in 2016. In 2015 she presented on Living Shorelines in Mahone Bay with the Ecology Action Centre. She has also led a community discussion about coastal change and Living Shorelines in LaHave (2017).
We also offer Living Shoreline and erosion monitoring training and mentorship services. This service is for people who are interested in learning how to maintain their Living Shoreline as well as monitor erosion and/or coastal change on their property.
We also offer our clients a one-on-one Garden Mentorship Program, this program helps people gain the skills, knowledge, and confidence to be self-sufficient in their own landscapes.
Another important part of our work is sharing our expertise with young people, schools, and community groups and we often work together with like-minded organizations on environmental and community food projects. We participate in local sustainability events such as the Growing Green Sustainability Festival, and volunteer our time to the Hodge Podge Community Garden and Bridgewater Edible Tree Program.