ecological inventories & management plans

Ecological inventories identify as many species as possible that live or use your land. Typically, inventories focus on plant species, and occur throughout the growing season. This provides optimal chances for locating species during their most identifiable growth stages. The output of an inventory is a species list that can be maintained indefinitely.


  • Inventories can be handy metrics for validating your restoration progress

  • Property owners knowledge of their property leads to more enjoyment. With knowledge comes a more intimate relationship with your land 

  • Occasionally, inventories identify rare & endangered species, which can lead to grants or funding to specifically help this species on your land

  • Funders often want a species list to see how ecologically rich your property is. Diversity on a property leads to more competitive grants. 



Management plans evolve from the site assessment and initial inventories, and lay out a framework to quide your ecological restoration activities. Management plans can be all inclusive and look back at historical records for your property, dig deep into soil types and makeup, discuss in technical detail the latest science of the plant and animal communities on your property, and a whole host of other items. Plans can also be simple and provide landowners with the basic blueprint for obtaining their ecological restoration goals while staying within their budget. 


  • Knowledge leads to better understanding, which gives landowners a deeper appreciation of, and relationship to, their land

  • Funders usually require a managment plan because it shows the landowner's commitment to the restoration process

  • Plans are key to identifying management details within the scope of availabile resources

  • Plans lead to successful ecological restoration




Checking out plants and critters in an Iowa prairie remnant with our niece, Anna.