Ecological Services

New vision for degraded wetlandsVita Nuova practices the art and science of healing the break between human community and nature. Vita Nuova's ecological services combine the design disciplines of engineering, architecture, landscape architecture, and ecological restoration in order to solve environmental design challenges at multiple scales, from small passive recreational parks in urban neighborhoods to large degraded wetlands systems covering hundreds of acres. Vita Nuova specializes in working closely with stakeholders to address pressing needs for open space, food production, environmental education, environmental impact mitigation, and restoration of natural habitat.

Vita Nuova has completed many diverse projects, including an Environmental Landscape Mitigation Plan that addresses the impacts of air pollution to urban dwellers, restoration of major contaminated sites and conservation and preservation of important ecosystems.

Vita Nuova's Ecological Services include:

Eric Rothstein monitors progress at a major restoration site
  • Reference site analysis
  • Hydrologic evaluations and modeling
  • Hydrogeologic evaluations and modeling
  • Soil evaluations
  • Light regime analysis
  • Plant selection/planting plans
  • Monitoring and maintenance plans
  • Adaptive management plans
  • Ecosystem assessments
  • Ecological risk assessments
  • Construction planning and oversight
  • Community stewardship and education planning
  • Interpretive design and venue development
  • Local Food Production
  • Landscape master planning
  • Urban landscape and passive park design

Ecosystem Analysis and Restoration

Vita Nuova analyzes an ecosystem, within a variety of geographic scales, to determine and evaluate the human and environmental factors that impact the ecosystem. This analysis helps communities resolve the environmental challenges impacting an ecosystem. Vita Nuova restores degraded and urban sites to native ecosystems that serve as habitat for local fauna and migratory birds. These systems are designed to filter storm water and effluent, as well as manage waste water and storm water flows. Vita Nuova helps resolve issues related to degraded, contaminated sites by working with nature's healing powers to restore these areas.

Local Food Production

Food production has arisen as a means of sustainability and self-reliance for communities. In addition to providing fresh food to people who may not be able to afford it, certain models of agricultural production can be a significant source of employment. Vita Nuova is working closely with the organic gardening community, USDA and USEPA to introduce models of four season production and urban agriculture. Vita Nuova has developed and maintains its own 'research' farm in order to design better models of food production. These models are incorporated into neighborhood and sustainability plans around the country.


Interpretive Design and Venue Development

As a part of Vita Nuova's ecosystem restoration services, we consider the potential for human encounter and interaction with nature. Vita Nuova designs venues to record the natural and human history of an area and creates opportunities for environmental education. Vita Nuova designs opportunities for safe, interactive and inspiring interaction with nature as a part of its ecosystem restoration services.