Native Plants Improve Environment, Reduce Maintenance Costs

By Karina Veaudry, PLA Native plants play such a critical role in our ecosystems. They have coevolved with the soils, rainfall patterns, and climatic conditions of a region. Native plants also have specialized relationships with the birds, butterflies, pollinators, and other wildlife of a region, providing nutrition and nesting. A common misconception is that all… Read More »

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Phase I Environmental Site Assessments and Updates

By Mitchell Banach, PG What is a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment? A Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) is a standardized method used by environmental professionals to identify the presence or likely presence of contamination from petroleum products or hazardous substances constituting a recognized environmental condition (REC) at the property and provide an opinion… Read More »

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Pocket Parks Bring Life to Unused Spaces

Ayres’ landscape architects and urban planners recently assisted the City of Kaukauna, Wisconsin, in developing some concepts for re-imagining vacant lots and alleys to help energize their downtown area. Adaptive re-use concept for an alley performance stage at an old loading dock. Photo of existing conditions. By Craig Stoffel Communities can get a whole lot… Read More »

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