Wetlands provide critical habitat for hundreds of plant and animal species. They also play an important role in reducing the impacts of flooding by controlling the flow of surface water. Wetlands protect lakes, rivers and streams from potentially damaging land-use activities by acting as a natural filter. They prevent soil erosion and even help slow the onset of global warming by removing and trapping greenhouse gases from the environment. Because wetlands play such an essential role, the need to protect and restore them has never been greater.
The biologists at Cason & Associates understand that wetlands are among the most biologically productive natural ecosystems in the world. When wetlands become damaged or destroyed by human or natural activities, Cason & Associates has the knowledge, experience and resources to provide native habitat planning and restoration services. These services range from developing wetland restoration plans to hands-on activities such as plan implementation and wetland management. Components of a successful wetland restoration include habitat improvements focused on creating a natural environment ideal for resident birds to breed, a stopover habitat for migratory birds, spawning areas for native fish species, habitat for reptiles and amphibians and a diverse community of native plants.
Education and experience are vital to the success of any project. Each biologist at Cason & Associates holds a degree in an environmentally related field, and regularly participates in various educational events to stay abreast of new findings and techniques. Their training and experience include wetland delineation, wetland restoration project development, invasive species management and habitat improvement. Staff biologists are well versed in state and federal laws regarding wetland regulations and permitting, and work closely with regulatory agencies. In addition, the staff have experience coordinating larger projects, which require effective communication between several parties.