Habitat Restoration


Successful restoration planning and implementation require a tailored approach to address unique, site-specific, and often complex challenges and ultimately meet the needs of a variety of stakeholders. It also requires a planning and construction team that can quickly adapt to a variety of issues and produce solutions that not only look good on paper, but will be cost-effective and practical during implementation.


No two projects are alike, and as such, HELIX’s habitat restoration experience spans a variety of habitats, geographic areas, project sizes, and client types. Our focus includes on-site habitat revegetation of areas temporarily disturbed during project construction, as well as on-site and off-site habitat restoration of previously disturbed areas, creation of new habitat, and enhancement of existing habitat.

Guiding You through Every Phase, to Project Sign-off

Providing a full range of services to clients throughout California, we have the necessary team in place that can take your project through all of the environmental requirements to final sign-off. Our habitat construction team works side-by-side with our biologists, arborists, environmental planners, landscape architects, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) staff throughout the planning, design, and implementation phases of a project to ensure a seamless transition, necessary compliance, and successful development.


HELIX is involved in all aspects of habitat restoration including:

  • Identification and evaluation of potential sites
  • Conceptual design and constructability reviews
  • Permitting and agency coordination
  • Sensitive species surveys
  • Construction drawings
  • Rare plant propagation
  • Habitat installation
  • Invasive plant and erosion control
  • Long-term maintenance and monitoring
  • Brush management / fuel load management
  • Oak tree mitigation

Adaptive and Innovative Approaches

Habitat RestorationFrom upland to wetland restoration efforts, our completed projects have involved transplantation of individual plant species for desert/xeric shrubland areas (such as cactus, agave, and ocotillo) and coastal/montane areas (including brodiaea, dudleya, and goldenstar), as well as the installation of sensitive species habitat features (including artificial burrows for burrowing owls, vernal pools, and mima mounds). Our adaptive approach to restoration has led us to include progressive techniques such as prescribed burning, which involves complex coordination with regulatory and fire agencies, development of a burn plan, and preparation of smoke management plans. Through our comprehensive services; knowledge of federal, state, and local regulatory requirements; relationships developed with agencies at every level; and insight gained from the many restoration projects that we have successfully completed, HELIX has become the go-to resource throughout California for the design and implementation of habitat restoration projects.


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