Wildlands Engineering named a top employer in North Carolina!

Wildlands Engineering was recently named as one of the 2017 Best Employers in North Carolina by Business North Carolina, NC SHRM and Best Companies Group.

This awards program was designed to identify, recognize, and honor the best employers in North Carolina, benefiting the economy, workforce, and businesses in the state of North Carolina. The list is made up of 35 companies.

The process for selecting the 2017 Best Employers in North Carolina included two parts. The first part is an evaluation of each nominated company’s workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems, and demographics. The second part consisted of an employee survey to measure the employee experience. The combined scores determined the top companies and the final ranking. Best Companies Group managed the overall registration and survey process, analyzed the data, and determined the final rankings.

Wildlands is honored to be recognized alongside such great North Carolina companies! To view the complete list of top companies, click here.

 

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The next phase of our Reedy Creek Stream Restoration project gets approval.

On March 27, Charlotte City Council approved the next phase of the Reedy Creek Stream Restoration progressive design-build contract. The next phase of the contract will include construction and monitoring services. Reedy Creek is Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services‘ (CMSWS) first design-build contract and will deliver approximately 26,000 Stream Mitigation Units (SMUs) to the City’s Umbrella Stream and Wetland Mitigation Bank, while protecting and restoring streams in the Reedy Creek Nature Preserve and surrounding properties. Construction is expected to begin in summer 2017.  Learn more about the Reedy Creek Stream Restoration project by visiting: www.reedycreekrestoration.com

 

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Wildlands’ completes construction on Candy Creek Stream Mitigation Project.

Construction has recently been completed on Wildlands’ Candy Creek Stream Mitigation project in Guildford County, NC, south of the City of Reidsville. The project will provide 15,456 stream mitigation units (SMUs) on Candy Creek and nine of its tributaries in the Haw River Basin.The project will create significant ecological improvement through exclusion of cattle from the stream, restoration of aquatic and terrestrial habitats, and the removal of two farm ponds. The project will also decrease nutrient and sediment loads from the watershed by eliminating widespread, severe bank erosion, connecting the onsite streams to their floodplains, and restoring native riparian buffers. The project includes categorical exclusion documentation, existing conditions assessment, landowner coordination, conservation easement acquisition, stream restoration design, permitting, construction, and seven years of post-construction monitoring.

 

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NC stream restoration
NC stream mitigation, NC stream restoration

Construction wraps up on our Vile Creek Stream and Wetland Mitigation Project.

Wildlands is pleased to announce that construction is complete on the Vile Creek stream and wetland mitigation project in Alleghany County, NC.  The project includes the restoration and enhancement of 7,900 feet of streams and restoration of 6.5 acres of wetlands.  The wetlands restoration includes the expansion of Southern Appalachian Bog habitat which is intended to support populations of bog turtles (Glyptemys muhlenbergii).  In addition, Vile Creek drains to Little River within the project conservation easement, which is a hatchery supported trout stream stocked by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (WRC). Vile Creek also holds trout which migrate from Little River and fish habitat was constructed as an element of the project. The floodplains and wetlands on the site were planted with native tree and shrub species. Shrubs were planted on much of the site so that the bog habitat areas will not be overly shaded. By closeout, the project will result in 5,146 stream mitigation units (SMUs) and 5.82 wetland mitigation units (WMUs).

 

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Vile Creek Mitigation Project
NC wetland mitigation, NC stream mitigation

Wildlands adopts a portion of Little Sugar Creek in Charlotte!

Wildlands adopts a streamWildlands is pleased to announce our adoption of a portion of Little Sugar Creek (LSC) in Charlotte, NC. Our adopted portion of stream stretches from Morehead Street to Charlottetowne Avenue. Through this program, the Wildlands team has committed to cleaning our portion of LSC at least twice a year. This is just a small token of our dedication to improving the water quality and ecological health of our watersheds.

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Construction is underway on the Chantilly Ecological Sanctuary at Briar Creek

Mecklenburg County and the City of Charlotte have partnered on this stream enhancement and storm water quality retrofit project along Briar Creek near the Chantilly neighborhood.  Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Service’s overall goals of the project are to restore Briar Creek, Edwards Branch, and the Chantilly Tributary, improve water quality through improved storm water BMPs, and obtain stream mitigation credits for the City of Charlotte’s Umbrella Mitigation Bank.

Prior to the project, the Doral and Cavalier apartment complexes were located within the 100-year floodplain of the project site. Mecklenburg County purchased and removed the flood-prone buildings as part of the FEMA flood mitigation buyout program, which provided the space necessary to expand the existing community park, incorporate storm water quality retrofits, and restore portions of degraded streams. Over 9,000 LF of stream restoration and enhancement will be performed, two storm water quality BMPs will be installed within the floodplain of Briar Creek, and the ground will be prepared for greenway and recreational trails to be expanded in the future. Extensive hydraulic analysis was required to support a floodplain no-rise certification. Wildlands also prepared a feasibility study and an alternatives analysis for the Chantilly Tributary and BMP components of the project. Wildlands Realty negotiated five donated storm water easements on private parcels. Construction began in summer 2016 and is currently ongoing.

Win Taylor receives Professional Wetland Scientist certification

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAJoin us in congratulating Wildlands team member, Win Taylor, for receiving his Professional Wetland Scientist certification! This certification is awarded by the Society of Wetland Scientists Professional Certification Program, which evaluates each applicant based on a combination of academic coursework, continuing education training, years of working experience in the field, letters of recommendation, and an essay describing an area of expertise. Congratulations, Win!

Wildlands’ stream mitigation project reaches the “close-out” milestone

Wildlands is thrilled to announce that our Scaly Bark Creek Mitigation Project has received approval for close-out from the Interagency Review Team. This is Wildlands’ first full-delivery contract with the North Carolina Division of Mitigation Services to reach the close-out milestone, a seven-year achievement. This project consisted of 4,875 linear feet (LF) of stream restoration, 3,596 LF of stream enhancement level II, and 700 LF of stream preservation. As a result of these successful efforts, this project delivered 6,453 stream mitigation units to the North Carolina Division of Mitigation Services. CLICK HERE to learn more about the Scaly Bark Creek Mitigation Project.

 

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stream mitigation, environmental mitigation
stream mitigation, environmental mitigation

Henry Fork Construction is Complete

Wildlands is pleased to announce that construction has been completed on Henry Fork Stream and Wetland Mitigation Full-Delivery Project. Located in Catawba County, NC, this project is expected to deliver 4,500 stream mitigation units and 4.0 wetland mitigation units at closeout. As a value-added benefit of the project, Wildlands also acquired the entire 50-acre parcel and included this area within the established permanent conservation easement, establishing a permanent 100-foot buffer on the Henry Fork River and with the vision of a more holistic bottomland wetland forest ecosystem restoration. The mitigation activities removed four golf course ponds, along with reestablishing step-pool channel in the upper tributaries and meandering stream-wetland complex channels where streams enter the floodplain of the larger river.

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