In many parts of the Midwest, natural areas have been lost by conversion to agriculture and development, or degraded by negative influences such as non-native invasive species. The science of ecological restoration offers an opportunity for regaining ecological health and biological diversity.

photo of savanna before burning
oak savanna before cutting
photo of prescribed burn
prescribed burn

Ecological Strategies staff combines expertise in restoration ecology science, landscape design and construction, and horticultural practices to address unique and challenging restoration needs. We have expertise in many types of restoration including designing and planting urban woodlands and prairies, removing invasive non-native species from natural areas, and conducting prescribed fires. In addition, we are experienced and available to plan and coordinate volunteer projects and events as a means of implementing restoration activities.

Ecological Strategies provides restoration services to a variety of clients, including private landowners, general contractors, industrial and commercial firms, and federal, state, and local governments.


Volunteers at restoration project
volunteers at restoration project


Lane, Cynthia and Sara Raab. 2002. Great River Greening: a Case Study in Urban Woodland Restoration. Ecological Restoration 20:243-251.

Dunevitz, H. and C. Lane. 2004. Species Lists for Terrestrial and Palustrine Native Plant Communities in East-central Minnesota. A Joint Project of: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Great River Greening, Ecological Strategies, LLC. Web site:

Lane, C., G. Noe, R. Seifert and C. Carr. 2003. Model to Predict Restoration Sites for Maple-Basswood Forest. Report to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

Shaw, D. and C. Carr. 2002. Mississippi River Gorge Ecological Inventory and Restoration Management Plan. Great River Greening, St. Paul Minnesota.

Lane, C., E. Pinto-Torres, H. Thornton and D. LaPuma. 2001. Restoration of Jacquemontia reclinata to the south Florida ecosystem. Report to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Lane, C. 1998. Linwood Park Prairie Restoration plan. Report to the Neighborhood Energy Consortium, St. Paul, MN

Lane, C. 1997. Harriet Island Prairie Management Plan. Report to the City of St. Paul, St. Paul, MN

Lane, C. 1994. Management Plan for the Oak Savanna Ecosystem, Focusing on Habitat Restoration for the Karner Blue Butterfly. Written for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. 58 pp. + figures.

Fellows, Meghan, Jennifer Possley and Cynthia Lane. 2001. Fire and a Tiny Plant. Garden Views, November.