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  • Woodland Conservation Banking and Invasive Species Removal
  • Woodland Conservation Banking and Invasive Species Removal

Woodland Conservation Banking and Invasive Species Removal

For this awarding winning project, Straughan Environmental coordinated the establishment of an off-site Woodland Conservation Bank for Prince George’s County Department of Transportation. Straughan completed a Forest Stand Delineation (FSD) and Type II Tree Conservation Plan (TCP II) for the 24 acre parcel. After evaluating field conditions, based on the preponderance of naturally occurring seedlings, Straughan recommended the field undergo natural regeneration rather than plant new trees. Straughan developed a custom methodology with GIS technology to determine if the naturally occurring seedlings would meet the afforestation requirements.

Straughan also recommended the innovative approach of using goats to remove invasive species (including Japanese honeysuckle, garlic mustard, Oriental bittersweet, English ivy, and Canada thistle). Goats are a low-impact, environmentally-sensitive treatment option for invasive species management. Straughan coordinated with state and local agencies and the site was ultimately approved as a Woodland Conservation Bank.

Based on our innovative approach, Straughan received an Award of Excellence from the Maryland Quality Initiative (MdQI) and the Small Project of the Year Award from the County Engineers Association of Maryland (CEAM).