Urban Growth and Flood Resiliency: Navigating Environmental and Social Challenges in Urban Settings

Wildlands is embarking on a series of Flood Resilience articles that delve into flood-resilient projects’ social and environmental challenges and opportunities. This article specifically focuses on urban landscapes, the backdrop for some of our society’s most pressing challenges and promising opportunities.

With all the benefits of urban development, there are various environmental and infrastructure management challenges, intermingled with social challenges that all present as important considerations in our environmental restoration, recreational, and community enhancement work. They range from increased risk of flooding to impacts on water quality and aquatic habitat degradation and displacement. However, as cities continue to expand and redevelop, the need for effective flood mitigation, water quality, and ecological restoration solutions to manage these development impacts is gaining an increasing amount of recognition. These solutions, when implemented, can bring about a positive change, improving the environment and our quality of life, instilling hope for a more resilient and sustainable future.READ MORE

Reedy Creek Stream Restoration Project receives final credit release!

We are thrilled to announce that the Reedy Creek Stream Restoration Project has received its final credit release! As the first-ever design-build project to generate stream and wetland mitigation units for the City of Charlotte Umbrella’s Mitigation Bank, this is an impressive milestone for Wildlands and the City. This project successfully transformed deeply incised and eroded channels into natural, stable streams within a thriving ecosystem and expanded the City’s contract delivery options for mitigation credits!


Thanks to our client’s support and team members’ collaborative efforts, we restored over 26,000 linear feet of stream and six acres of wetlands. With the enhanced natural habitats and beautiful nature trails, this project serves as a serene retreat within city limits. Join us in celebrating this major achievement for our company and the City of Charlotte!


The Wildlands Engineering Team continues to make an impact in our communities

Wildlands recently wrapped up another year of charitable endeavors, impacting over 30 unique organizations through dedicated volunteer efforts and substantial financial contributions.

Through Wildlands’ One+One Initiative, each employee is allotted eight hours per year for community engagement. Since this program’s inception in 2015, the enthusiasm of our team members has been the driving force behind the success of our One+One Initiative. From helping to build affordable houses to participating in writing letters to school-age kids, our team members donated over 560 hours of their time in the past year alone, demonstrating a collective commitment to impacting our surrounding communities. Companywide, 76% of the allotted hours for volunteering were utilized, which reflects the dedication and generosity of our team in supporting meaningful causes and making a tangible impact within our communities.

As we look ahead, our goal is to expand the reach of our program, partnering with new organizations and working towards alleviating pressing needs in our communities. By fostering a culture of giving back, we aim to not only enhance our company’s social footprint but also inspire others to make a positive impact in their communities. Here’s to making a great impact in 2024!

This past year, Wildlands supported and sponsored a classroom for the Letters to a Pre-Scientist program. Through penpalship, this organization has given many of Wildlands’ employees the ability to connect with students from all over the country and inspire them to explore a future in the environmental and water resources industry. Click here to read more about our scientists’ inspiring experience with this program »


Stewardship Corner | Mosses, Liverworts, and Lichen

From the Stewardship Corner | Mosses, Liverworts, and Lichen

An often-overshadowed part of the plant kingdom, mosses, liverworts, and hornworts, make up a small world of their own in ecological communities. Often found growing on stones, stumps, and moist shady corners, these organisms play a quiet but vital role in initiating soil formation, slowing water passage, and recycling nutrients. They also provide habitat for macroinvertebrates, and for them, a mossy mat might feel like a fully grown forest. Unlike other plants, these green fuzzy mats do not form vascular systems that can move nutrients and water throughout their bodies, they instead rely on water and nutrients to come to them. This is why you often find them growing in wet, damp, low lying areas where water and moisture can find them.

Like ferns – mosses, liverworts, and hornworts do not produce flowers or seeds, and instead reproduce through spores. Because of their simpler requirements, these plants can grow where nothing else can, and often act as a pioneer species setting the stage for ecological succession. Their spores can travel miles before landing and spread by the millions. They are also a great indicator of air quality due to their sensitive nature, a welcoming sign while on a walk in the woods.

Lichen is another great indicator of air quality, and although they might look similar and grow alongside their counterparts, lichen is a wholly different form of fascinating life. Lichen is the result of a mutualistic relationship between algae and fungi. While they are not a plant, they still perform photosynthesis as a composite organism. Small but mighty, these species are considered to be keystone species in many ecological communities. How many different species of mosses, liverworts, hornworts, and lichen have you come across recently?

Pictured from Wildlands project sites:

  1. Tortula Moss (Tortula muralis) – Honey Mill Mitigation Site, Surry County, NC
  2. Delicate Fern Moss (Thuidium delicatulum) – Key Mill Mitigation Site, Surry County, NC
  3. Star Moss (Syntrichia ruralis) – Alexander Farm Mitigation Site, Alexander County, NC
  4. Broom Forkmoss (Dicranum scoparium) – Honey Mill Mitigation Site, Surry County, NC
  5. Medusa Moss (Hedwigia ciliata) – Carpenter Bottom Mitigation Site, Gaston County, NC
  6. Great Scented Liverwort (Conocephalum conicum) – Carpenter Bottom Mitigation Site, Gaston County, NC
  7. Lichen (Parmeliaceae) – Lone Hickory Mitigation Site, Yadkin County, NC

📸 Photos by Dominic Dixon, Stewardship Associate | Charlotte, NC Office

  • Tortula Moss (Tortula muralis) – Honey Mill Mitigation Site, Surry County, NC

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