Biohabitats is honored and proud to be contributing planning and design services related to stormwater, greywater, and wastewater management. Last month, senior engineer Erin English traveled to Standing Rock and the Oceti Ŝakowiŋ camp, where she had the honor of working alongside Tribal leaders, The Indigenous Environmental Network, and other collaborators in the planning of the new camp. Construction will take place in the spring, when there is no longer a threat of sub-zero weather conditions. We look forward to returning to the site to participate in the installation of this most significant camp and gathering place.

Working with Tribal leaders, Blue Star Integrative Studio, and the Indigenous Environmental Network on the winter camp design

Biohabitats is just one of many organizations that, along with thousands of people, contributed funds, services, and products toward the creation of the new camp. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is dedicating a great deal of its own financial resources and staff to assist with site development. Tribes from all over the U.S. are donating materials and labor. The Indigenous Environmental Network is providing project coordination. Blue Star Integrative Studio is contributing architectural services, Solar City is donating solar power, and the Give Love organization is donating composting toilets. Despite the swell of support, there are still needs. To learn how you can support the creation of this special and sacred place, please take a moment to watch this video.

Baltimore’s Green Network

The landscape of Baltimore, Maryland is defined by many things: its famous harbor and the stream corridors that lead to it, its unique and diverse neighborhoods, its iconic industrial and historic structures, and for the time being, thousands of abandoned buildings and vacant lots. Rather than viewing vacant property as “blight,” however, the City of Baltimore sees it as a unique opportunity to connect, revitalize, and enhance the sustainability of its communities. For the past few months, we have had the honor of working with the City of Baltimore Department of Planning to begin creating the Baltimore Green Network Plan, a comprehensive, interconnected system of functional green spaces across the city.

Throughout the process, we’ve sought the input of an advisory team and a leadership team comprised of representatives from community and non-profit organizations, partnering institutions, and state and federal agencies. We’re now in the process of incorporating public input into the data to create the final vision for a city-wide Green Network. It will celebrate the city’s historic stream corridors, connect open space via safe and increasingly green corridors, promote healthy and safe access to open space for all city residents, provide new opportunities for economic revitalization and stabilization, and increase ecological function of the unique natural resources that define the City of Baltimore.

Former Golf Course Transforming into Urban Eco-Park

In 2012, when Cleveland Metroparks acquired the 155-acre former Acacia golf course in Lyndhurst, Ohio, they recognized its potential to enhance local ecology and become a new gem in the region’s “Emerald Necklace” of green space. They envisioned the new “Acacia Reservation” as a model urban ecological preserve that would provide wildlife habitat, stormwater treatment and filtration, and unique opportunities for people to enjoy and appreciate the plants and wildlife native to northern Ohio. After working with Metroparks to craft an ecological restoration master plan to guide this transformation, we were selected to initiate a design-build project to begin advancing the ecological restoration goals.

Green Infrastructure Gaining Ground in Greater KC

Like many metropolitan areas, the Greater Kansas City region, which contains the confluence of the Kansas and Missouri Rivers, experienced significant sprawl in recent decades. Along with the sprawl has come flooding, pollution, and other environmental degradation. To help address some of these issues, the Mid-America Regional Council, a nonprofit planning organization which serves the bistate region’s nine Counties and 119 cities, intends to craft a complete green infrastructure plan for the region. The plan will build upon and link the region’s many existing initiatives related to climate resilience, air and water quality, and urban ecology. In partnership with BNIM and the non-profit organization BikeWalkKC, we’re helping MARC with initial tasks necessary to begin developing the plan. After collecting data, conducting a systems inventory, and analyzing overlays such as income and brownfields, we facilitated productive dialogues with stakeholders representing the region’s broad range of geographic areas, socioeconomic backgrounds, and perspectives. We also identified the nation’s most promising and relevant green infrastructure strategies related to natural systems.  Our team is currently developing goals and strategies while drafting the framework and prototype atlas that will establish a planned and managed network of natural and semi-natural systems to support the people and ecology of Greater Kansas City. We’ll keep you posted on our progress!

Base map to guide network of Green Infrastructure projects based on high value resource area & pressures or needs


Senior ecologist Ed Morgereth will be in Cape May, NJ January 22-25 for the Delaware Estuary Science and Environmental Summit. Ed and other scientists, managers, and educators will focus on developing practical solutions to the challenges facing the tidal Delaware River and Bay.

The Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill and Ecosystem Science Conference will take place in New Orleans, LA  February 6-9. Ed Morgereth will present Lardner’s Point Park, Ecological Restoration of a Living Shoreline – An Athos Oil Spill Trust Fund Supported Project.

Matt Koozer, Ellen McClure, Crystal Grinnell, and Michael Moore from our Cascadia Bioregion office will join other regional river restoration professional at the River Restoration Northwest Symposium in Stevenson, WA from February 7-10.

Environmental Scientist Suzanne Hoehne will head to La Crosse, Wisconsin February 26-March 1 for the Upper Midwest Stream Restoration Symposium, where she will present a talk on “Restoring Ecological Function to Headwater Streams.”

March 7-9, Ft. Collins, CO, Susan Sherrod will attend the 2017 gathering of the Central Rockies Chapter of the Society for Ecological Restoration, which will include the High Altitude Revegetation Workshop.

Watershed Congress along the Schuylkill River will take place on March 11. If you plan to be there, don’t miss Brett Long’s presentation on the Wissahickon Creek Stream Restoration project.

March 12-14, Michael Spina will attend the annual meeting of the New Jersey Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects.

Senior ecologist Kevin Nunnery will attend the annual gathering of the Water Resources Research Institute in Raleigh, NC March 15-16. The 2017 conference will bring an international perspective through the Nile Project that will relate to problem solving and collaboration here in our state.

On March 16th, senior engineer Pete Muñoz will participate in Go Green Seattle, a regional sustainability learning experience for business and government decision makers.

Biohabitats president Keith Bowers will speak at the 2017 LA Bash, which will take place at the University of Maryland on March 23-25. This year’s conference, which is planned by students for landscape architecture students and professionals in North America, is designed to provoke ideas about the role of art, urbanism, and time in the field of landscape architecture.


Aiman Duckworth, Landscape Architect & Urban Ecologist

As a child, Aiman Duckworth was fascinated with two things: the dream of becoming an astronaut, and an indigenous ancestry which connected him to the Quechua people of the Andes. Perhaps it is no surprise that Aiman’s favorite ecosystem is the one in which the high mountains and the rainforest converge: the cloud forest. It was in later travels in those ecosystems in Costa Rica and Peru that Aiman learned that the line separating culture and landscape is as nebulous as a cloud forest’s enveloping fog.

Aiman, with Machu Picchu and cloud forest in the background

This interest in the interconnectedness of people and the environment ultimately compelled Aiman to pursue a career involving both landscape architecture and urban ecology. Aiman earned an undergraduate degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Maryland, and then went on to earn a Master’s degree in Environmental Management with a concentration in Urban Ecology from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Aiman’s association with Biohabitats actually began several years ago, when he worked as an intern with us while completing his undergraduate degree.


After spending 12 years as a project manager in the private sector, focusing on urban design and site sustainability initiatives, Aiman found himself drawn back to Biohabitats’ ethics and true integration of his disciplines.

“At the end of every day,” he says, “I think that we’re making a real difference in the health of communities and habitats that are inclusive of humans and our built environments, and I am very happy to be a part of that.”

We’re pretty happy about that, too. In fact, we’re on cloud nine.

Zen’s creativity and joie-de-vivre is not limited to her work. Originally from the Philippines, she spent much of her teen and young adult years immersed in the art of “cosplay,” a practice involving dressing up and performing as a fictional character from film, video, or literature. Always one to embrace a challenge, Zen preferred to take on the male roles (she’s the guy with the blonde hair in this photo). After studying Architecture at the University of San Carlos in the Philippines, Zen moved to the U.S. to pursue an Associate’s Degree in Computer Aided Design in Architecture & Engineering at the Community College of Baltimore County, where she was named CAD Student of the Year in 2015-16. While working towards that degree, she visited Biohabitats’ table at her college’s job fair and was impressed with both the variety and creativity of the firm’s projects. “When I got the news that Biohabitats was hiring a CAD Technician, I immediately sent my resume,” she said. “Lo and behold, here I am!” Indeed, Zen is living proof that it pays to attend your college job fair. We know it has for us!


Adam Feuerstein Promoted to Operations Team Leader

Adam Feuerstein, CPA who joined Biohabitats in February 2015 as Chief Financial Officer, has been promoted to Operations Team Leader. In his new post, he will shift his focus from day to day accounting to serve an even greater role in leading the company, shaping a strategic vision consistent with our Values Blueprints and working closely with all team members to ensure a successful future for Biohabitats.

Adam Feuerstein

“Adam fully embodies our core values, believes whole-heartedly in our mission and has the leadership skills necessary to lead the operations of Biohabitats far into the future,” said Biohabitats president, Keith Bowers.

Adam has more than two decades of professional experience in all areas of accounting and human resources. In his time as CFO, he has not only streamlined many of our systems and processes, but he has managed to do so while keeping a consistently full candy dish! Kudos Adam!

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