John Giordanengo, M.S., CERP
John Giordanengo brings more than 21 years of experience in ecological restoration to AloTerra clients, with more than 160 completed projects in grassland, riparian, wetland, alpine, ponderosa pine and sagebrush ecosystems throughout Colorado and Wyoming. His restoration strategies come from a passion for best practices and a science-based restoration approach, and his dedication to excellence earned him the Colorado Riparian Association Excellence in Riparian Management Award in 2010 .
John is fascinated by the science of “locovars,” or the practice of cultivating and seeding with native stock from within a small geographic area, thus preserving and encouraging the native plant balance. He has developed native plant mixes and “palettes” for NRCS and USFS, as well as for numerous municipalities in upland and riparian disturbances following significant flood and fire events in the Big Thompson watershed area in 2012 and 2013. He also managed a team of practitioners and scientists to implement a Stream Visual Assessment Protocol for 45 miles of the Big Thompson River and North Fork Big Thompson following the flood.
John works with regional, state, and local agencies to develop training curricula for weed management, willow restoration, and ecological restoration for the Colorado Outdoor Training Initiative and Wildlands Restoration Volunteers. He works with federal, state, and local agencies to develop protocols, policy and design for bioengineering, application of restoration hydroseres, wetland mitigation, soil amendment and mulch specifications, willow and cottonwood cuttings, site protection measures, floodplain grading, and stream habitat improvements. In 2016, John lead a team of authors and a Technical Advisory Committee to develop Living Streambanks, a Manual to Bioengineering Treatments for Colorado Streams.