Services // Restoration

Steve Mailath, M.Sc., P.Geol.
<br />Principal Hydrogeologist

Hi, I’m Chris Tenszen, Practice Area Lead, Reclamation and Restoration at Trace Associates. I believe that healthy ecosystems are the foundation of our physical and mental health and wellbeing. When nature thrives, so do we, and there has never been more urgency and interest in restoring nature than now. At Trace, restoration is a service that we’re passionate about because it resonates with our staff, and working to restore ecosystems is meaningful and rewarding work that our team is eager to take on.

Restoration covers a wide range of project types – from park naturalization to weed control to watershed rehabilitation. Our restoration projects are often a collaborative effort between our diverse team of professionals including ecologists, biologists, agrologists, foresters, hydrologists, GIS, and other professionals. Whatever ecosystem needs restoring, our team of professionals will work together to complete a project we can all be proud of.

Planning and Design

  • Grant funding applications
  • Community outreach
  • Project planning and management
  • GIS mapping and inventorying
  • Regulatory approvals and compliance
  • Monitoring and data collection
  • Species at risk conservation

Woodland Caribou Habitat Restoration

  • Access management to prevent human usage of linear features
  • Revegetation to restore habitat and ecological function
  • Impeding line of site to reduce predation by wolves
  • Coordinate specialized amphibious equipment
  • Coordinate logistics and winter access

Invasive Species Management

  • Inventories and audits
  • Integrated pest management planning
  • Licensed pesticide/herbicide applicators
  • Vegetation assessment and removal

Wetland / Watercourse Restoration

  • Wetland and peatland assessment, classification, and monitoring
  • Revegetation by seeding, planting, willow staking, and transplants
  • Wildlife surveys and habitat planning
  • Hydrogeological and hydrological assessments
  • Riparian health assessment
  • Bio-engineering
  • Bank stabilization / re-construction
  • Erosion and sediment control

Reforestation / Afforestation

  • Forest health assessment and inventory
  • Experience and relationships with forest nurseries, seed collectors, and contractors
  • Revegetation by seeding, tree planting, live staking, and seed cone induction
  • Surface preparation techniques to improve revegetation success

Native Grassland Restoration

  • Vegetation and habitat assessment
  • Wildlife surveys
  • Habitat improvements
  • Coordination of native plant nurseries, seed collectors, and contractors
  • Seed mix design
  • Revegetation by seedling, planting, live staking, and transplants
  • Soil

Stakeholder Engagement

  • Provincial governments
  • Federal government – Canadian Energy Regulator, 2 Billion Trees program, Nature Smart Climate Solutions fund, Agricultural Climate Solutions
  • Public engagements for environmental impact assessments
  • Municipalities
  • Real estate developers
  • Land trusts
  • Community associations and societies
  • Watershed councils
  • Farmers and landowners
  • Non-government organizations
  • Conservation associations

Reclamation and restoration often overlap, for more information on our reclamation services please visit that page here.

what our clients are saying

“We like Trace. We like Ron, we like Nick, and we like the relationships we’ve built on our projects with them. They have a suite of services that cover the ecological and environmental, and they have demonstrated that they understand what needs to be done, aren’t doing unnecessary work, and they make sure it gets done. Ron told me that the Trace motto is to 'consult better.' This motto is reflected in the service they provide.”

Clark | Qualico Communities

“I appreciate Trace’s candidness, honesty, and straightforwardness. The communication is strong, they are always professional, and they stay on point. They’re good at what they do and are always available when I need them.”

Confidential Client

“Trace provides a level of personal service that we don’t get from other companies. We get straightforward, open communication with Project Managers, including frequent touch-points. Trace always does what they say they are going to do.”

Neil Reid | Midstream Energy Client

“I choose Trace because of their expertise and clarity on what they will deliver, and my trust in them. We share similar values of honesty and communication. They’re very thoughtful in what they do and their expertise is very appreciated. Nothing they do or say leaves you scratching your head.”

Warn Franklin | works with Ron at Trace

“I value our relationship with Trace and can see it continuing into the future.  Having a third party come in to do environmental inspections is very helpful and gives added focus on areas that might otherwise be neglected due to the busy nature of the business. Trace's expertise in the Environmental Consultant field helps keep NorSask on a path of continuous improvement. We very much appreciate the proactive approach that Trace takes to meet our needs.”

Kelly | NorSask