WinterCreek was hired to complete the design and construction of a combination native plant landscape & environmental restoration project for the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Central Oregon (UUFCO). This on-going project covers 22 acres of a ponderosa pine plant association in west Bend.
This is a perfect project for us. Combining ecological restoration with created landscapes is our specialty. It allows us the opportunity to approach the project from a restoration perspective, and to apply those concepts in the design and construction of a created landscape focused more on aesthetic value and principles of landscape architecture. The congregation is also seeking certification as Earth Advantage Gold; a green building program in which our work in sustainable design and construction grants them the maximum points possible under the landscape category.
The project continues to expand. We have been asked to complete additional restoration and stabilization work in many associated areas outside the original project location, and have hired new crew members to complete those tasks.
We realized early in the project that we have an opportunity to study the impact of construction disturbance on soil microbial populations. There are few studies specifically addressing construction impacts on soil health, but quite a bit of anecdotal evidence suggesting a rapid decline in populations due to disturbance. We are engaged in a study attempting to quantify effects to soil microbial populations from construction at the UUFCO site. We're excited for this opportunity to incorporate science into landscape design and construction.