Ecological Restoration

Post-fire restoration

Working in collaboration with federal, state, and local agencies, as well as dozens of private land owners and non-profit partners to restore areas burned by the High Park and Hewlett Gulch fires, John’s work has produced results that exceeded expectations. In addition to the standard treatments (mulch, seeding, log erosion barriers, wattles), restoration research plots were installed and monitored in the upper Lawrence Creek Watershed. Results show that raking seed into the ground increases vegetation cover by 18%. Mulching and seeding showed a dramatic reduction in weed cover, and an 80% increase in total ground cover compared to untreated areas. Further, treated areas showed little to no effect on cover of desirable post-fire native plant establishment after one year of treatment. Erosion control structures withstood the "thousand year rain" of 2013.

Riparian and wetland restoration

As evidenced by his Colorado Riparian Association Excellence in Riparian Management Award in 2010, John has contributed significantly to the restoration of Riparian communities across Colorado. His projects range from post-flood and post-fire planning for riparian area restoration, to habitat restoration on over a dozen front range riparian areas for: City of Fort Collins Stormwater Utility (Fossil, McClelland, and Burns creeks); Colorado Parks and Wildlife (Castlewood Canyon willow mitigation); The Nature Conservancy (Robert’s Ranch, Campbell Valley); National Resources Conservation Service, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory (Chico Basin Ranch); Colorado Open Lands (Tarryall Creek); City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks (Coal Creek); USFS, Pawnee National Grasslands (Little Owl Creek); Rocky Mountain National Park (Big Thompson River); and many others.

Road decommissioning

John's experience designing and implementing more than a dozen successful road obliteration projects have ranged from the plains to the alpine regions of Colorado, satisfying objectives of the US Forest Service, Colorado Natural Heritage Program, and Bureau of Land Management. Treatments include access control, decompaction, recontouring, erosion control, drainage management, and revegetation. His research and monitoring of past road obliteration projects has provided important insight into the most effective measures for future road obliteration projects.

Alpine restoration

As a restoration planner for the Colorado Fourteeners Initiative, and as the Colorado Northern Regional Director for Wildlands Restoration Volunteers, John has designed and implemented over 20 Alpine Restoration projects, ranging from road obliteration to trail closure and restoration.