ABOUD & ASSOCIATES has decades of experience to offer practical and effective protection, mitigation, and stewardship strategies, including monitoring, to manage vegetation and wildlife in natural areas, prior to or following disturbance. 

Ecological Restoration begins with a preliminary consultation with reviewing agencies and a thorough review of biophysical resources. The typical goal is to establish self-sustaining ecosystems representative of natural heritage features by setting in place sound ecological restoration methods. Effective restoration strategies are developed using the best available science in the most cost-effective manner by applying our expert understanding of ecosystem functions and restoration methods. These strategies are then brought to life through our site specific detailed designs and construction specifications, construction administration and monitoring.

 

Gray Tree Frog (Hyla versicolor) .  Guelph 

 

 

 

Tree Cavity .  Vaughan

 

 

 

 

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:
 - Natural Systems Design
 - Habitat Restoration
 - Edge Management Plans
 - Ravine Stewardship Plans
 - Compensation Plans

 

 


 - School Yard Naturalization
 - Corporate Campus Naturalization
 - Natural Interpretation Design
 - Monitoring
 - Contract Administration

 

 

SELECTED PROJECT EXPERIENCE


     
 

Molise Kleinburg Community Ecological Management Plans

Corporate Client, Vaughan, 2007-present

 

Located on a former golf course adjacent to the Humber River Valley, our certified arborists, ecologists and landscape architects collaborated in-house to develop comprehensive ecological restoration and management strategies for natural features integrated throughout this new 95-hectare residential community, which to date includes:

  • Vegetation community preservation plans;

  • Detailed tree management plans;

  • Detailed multi-phased existing treed feature transplanting strategy to reuse 100 golf course trees in Natural Features and Parks;

  • Multi-phased valley edge management plans;

  • Wetland channel restoration planting plans converting three online ponds to a low flow channel and habitat features;

  • Amphibian habitat pond restoration planting plans;

  • Degraded slope mitigation planting plans;

  • Pumping station mitigation planting plans; and

  • Multi-year monitoring programs. 

Based on a comprehensive biophysical inventory and assessment, innovative plans and management strategies were developed in compliance with municipal and conservation authority policies with the goal of promoting self-sustaining ecosystems using site specific ecological models.

 

 

Wetland Channel  . Vaughan

Wooded Swale - Macleans Woods during planting Early Fall 2005 Wooded Swale - Macleans Woods after 3 growing seasons Summer 2008 Wooded Swale - Macleans Woods after 5 growing seasons Summer 2008
Wooded Swale - Macleans Woods during planting Early Fall 2005
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Creditview Crossing Community Woodlot Management Plans

Corporate Client, Brampton, 2009-present

 

Aboud & Associates was retained by a land development consortium to develop conceptual and detailed Woodlot Management Plans for three woodlots integrated into the Creditview Crossing community in the City of Brampton. In developing the management plans for the interior and edge ecosystems of each individual woodlot, Aboud & Associates performed the following tasks:

  • Ecological Land Classification (ELC) assessment;

  • Identify potential safety hazards and ecological deficiencies;

  • Identify the existing informal trail network and develop formal trail opportunities;

  • Develop detailed planting plans to mitigate impacts in both edge and interior woodlot ecosystems and to improve overall ecological conditions;

  • Collaborate with project engineers to design a bio-swale to maintain woodlot hydrological functions:

  • Develop an occupants stewardship brochure; and

  • Develop a multi-year monitoring program to ensure long-term success.

Woodlot 1 Birds Eye View  . Brampton

 
 

 


 

 
 

Speed River Riparian Bioengineering Slope Stabilization

Private Home Owner, Guelph, 2011-present

 

Aboud & Associates was obtained by a homeowner with property adjacent the Speed River in Guelph to complete a shoreline restoration plan to protect a historical home from an eroding riverbank dominated by exotic and invasive species. This included completion of an aquatic habitat assessment to evaluate the sensitivity of the fish and fish habitat at the site and level of risk associated the proposed restoration work, obtaining a permit to complete in-water work and working closely with the Grand River Conservation Authority and Crozier & Associates (Project Engineer) to develop an innovative solution utilizing native species bioengineering techniques and fish friendly stone to stabilize the eroding shoreline and improve habitat quality.

 

 

Speed River  . Guelph

Wooded Swale - Macleans Woods during planting Early Fall 2005 Wooded Swale - Macleans Woods after 3 growing seasons Summer 2008 Wooded Swale - Macleans Woods after 5 growing seasons Summer 2008
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Deer Pit Stormwater Facility

Town of Erin, Erin, 2009-present

 

A former abandoned gravel-pit located at the north edge of the Town of Erin and adjacent the Erin Community Centre and Elora Cataract Trail, this new stormwater management facility mitigates flooding issues that date back to over 100 years in neighbouring residential and recreational areas. and reduces downstream flooding and erosion potential in the Credit River.

As the lead ecological consultant Aboud & Associates completed a vegetation impact study of vegetation communities and individual significant trees, prepared conceptual restoration design of wetland and deep pool facilities, developed enhanced landscape element design briefs, prepared detailed restoration and mitigation design/specifications for the stormwater pond and vegetation adjacent to the Elora Cataract Trail.

 

 

Deer Pit . Erin

Preliminary Landscape Concept Preliminary Design Brief
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Kitchener Woodlot Restoration

Corporate Client, Kitchener, 2007-present

 

Following the accidental removal of a portion of a small upland woodlot, Aboud & Associates was retained to assess the impact of the damage to the woodlot, prepare a a detailed inventory and appraisal of individual trees, characterize the woodlot edge, design conceptual and detailed mitigation plans, a maintenance plan, and develop a multi-year monitoring program.

After five years of monitoring the mitigation and enhancement treatments have already restored the impacted area. The planted and naturally occurring trees and shrubs have formed a dense thicket at the woodlot edge and have increased in size by up to 300 percent.

 

 

 

Bush Honeysuckle (Diervilla Lonicera) . Kitchener

Before Planting - May 2007 During Planting - May 2007 One Year After Planting - October 2008
Two Years After Planting - October 2009 Three Years After Planting - September 2010
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McLean’s Woods and Kleinberg Woodlots 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 Edge Management Plans (EMP)

Several Corporate Clients, Vaughan, 2002-present

 

Located adjacent to the Humber Valley River Valley and the Kortright Centre for Conservation, the Vellore Village Community is dominated by a patchwork mosaic of woodlots, including McLean’s Woods -a Life Science ANSI. In compliance with municipal and conservation authority policies, our certified arborists, ecologists and landscape architects collaborated in-house to create comprehensive edge management plans for each of the five woodlots now part of a large residential community.

 
Edge management plans began with an assessment of edge vegetation communities and individual trees. Individual woodlot restoration plans were developed to include tree thinning, debris removal, native tree/shrub plantings, wildflower seeding, and creation of natural habitat structures, trails, and interpretive signage.

 

 

 

Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina)  . Vaughan

Wooded Swale - Macleans Woods during planting Early Fall 2005 Wooded Swale - Macleans Woods after 3 growing seasons Summer 2008 Wooded Swale - Macleans Woods after 5 growing seasons Summer 2008
Buffer Plantings and Standing Peg Habitat Structure - Woodlot 6 one month after planting Spring 2006 Buffer Plantings and Standing Peg Habitat Structure - Woodlot 6 after 5 growing seasons Summer 2010 Mulching Early Fall 2005
Deep Root Watering Fall 2005 Community High Visibility Edge and Trailhead aerial view Fall 2007 Community High Visibility Edge during planting Early Spring 2006
Community High Visibility Edge three months after planting Summer 2006 Community High Visibility Edge after one growing season planting Spring 2007 Community High Visibility Edge after five growing seasons Summer 2010
Community High Visibility Edge after five growing seasons (from bottom of slope) Summer 2010 Hedgerow wildlife linkage enhancement plantings aerial view Fall 2007 Bumble bees (Bombus sp.) on Grey Coneflower (Ratibida pinnata)Summer 2010
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Ravines of Warden Woods

Corporate Client, Toronto, 2007-present

 

An exclusive enclave infill development on the banks of Massey Creek, Aboud & Associates was initially retained to prepare the Arborist Report, and upon its completion and approval, to act as the lead ecological and landscape architectural consultants throughout the approvals, implementation and monitoring phases: liaise with City Staff, and prepare Ecological Land Classification Assessment, Hazard Tree Risk Assessment, Exotic Vegetation Management Plan, Ravine Stewardship Plan, Streetscape Plan, Rear Yard Compensation Plans, Compensation Planting Plans in Moreau Trail Park, Property Demarcation Plans, Contract Administration, Construction Review and a Multi-Year Monitoring Program.  


  

 

New Planting in Tree Shelter .  Toronto

 

 

 

 


 

 
 

 

Valleys of Thornhill Community Edge Management Plan (EMP)

Several Corporate Clients, Vaughan, 2005-present

 

Drawing from Aboud & Associates’ two decades of experience of preparing Edge Management Plans in the City of Vaughan; the Valleys of Thornhill Edge Management Plan integrates many of the successful restoration techniques throughout the edges of over 10 km of natural features in this 400-hectare community located in the heart of the Maple/Thornhill expansion area. A multi-phased/year plan, our landscape architects and ecologists are currently performing contract administration and implementing an ecological monitoring plan. 


  

 

Continuous Buffer Plantings .  Vaughan

Upper Thornhill Estaes Aerial View Under Construction August 2009 Daylighting a tributary of the West Don River July 2010 High Visibility Restoration Plantings
Upper Thornhill Estaes Aerial View Under Construction August 2009 Daylighting a tributary of the West Don River July 2010
 

 

 

 


 

 
 

 

Upper Thornhill Estates - Edge Management Plan (EMP)

Several Corporate Clients, Vaughan, 2003-present

 

The Upper Thornhill Estates Terrestrial Resources Edge Management Plan (EMP) first characterized the terrestrial natural resources of this new master planned community designed to accommodate 11,500 residents. With over 16 km of natural feature edges Aboud & Associates conducted an inventory and site analysis, prepared detailed, multi-phased ecological restoration plans of edges of woodlots, valleylands, and significant hedgerows. Innovative ecological models, such as pit and mound forest restoration, were used to promote ecological processes of re-vegetation of natural feature edges. An interpretive guide was created to inform new occupants about the value and importance of natural heritage features and provide suggestions to promote natural heritage stewardship. A multi-year monitoring program is ongoing to measure the success of restoration.


  

 

Black-eyed Susans (Rudbeckia Hirta) .  Vaughan

Upper Thornhill Estaes Aerial View Under Construction August 2009 Daylighting a tributary of the West Don River July 2010 High Visibility Restoration Plantings
Stewardship Brochure Large Restored Buffer after final exotic vegetation control work completed Large Restored Buffer seeding day
Large Restored Buffer after one growing season Large Restored Buffer after three growing seasons Closeup of Rudbeckia hirta
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Wrigley Canada Ecological Ravine Stewardship Plan

Corporate Client, Toronto, 2004-2006, 2010-present

 

This Ravine Stewardship Plan of the Wilket Creek Ravine, was prepared in accordance with the City of Toronto Ravine Protection By-law . The comprehensive multi-year rehabilitation and mitigation plan required extensive site analysis comprised of arborist reports, OMNR Ecological Land Classification, and a detailed analysis of soil and vegetation of the top of bank, slope and riparian communities to design multi-phased mitigation and ecological restoration methods. 

The plan also incorporates the opportunity for self-guided nature interpretation of the site by employees and visitors through natural trail design and a spiral contemplation garden. 

 

 

Wilket Creek Ravine .  Toronto

Wilket Creek Ravine, Toronto Wilket Creek Ravine, Toronto Wrigley Canada Ravine Management Plan Section

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West Humber River Valleyland Naturalization Master Plan

City of Toronto, Toronto, 2001-2002

 

Aboud & Associates was retained by the City of Toronto to prepare a master plan that included naturalization and restoration tasks, time scheduling and budgeting for implementation to be carried out by and coordinated with the City of Toronto. The study area is of a wide open valley of the Humber River, stressed by invasive plant species, soil erosion and human traffic. Aesthetics and functionality of the plan incorporated ecological principles of natural succession.

 

 

 

West Humber River .  Toronto

West Humber River, Toronto West Humber River, Toronto West Humber River, Toronto
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Ecosystem Demonstration Plots, Highway 407

Canadian Highways International Constructors, Brampton, 1999

 

As a part of the initial construction of Highway 407 ETR, Aboud & Associates designed seed mixes and installed plots (800 square metres) to determine the effectiveness and success of establishing a meadow system of indigenous species in the valley land of the Credit River adjacent the 407 ETR.

 

 

Monitoring Plots - Highway 407 .  Brampton

Site Preparation Planting - Seeds are sown and rolled into the soil Monitoring of plots to measure success of the plantings
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Thornhill Woods Community - Vegetation Assessment & Woodlot Edge Management Plans

Several Corporate Clients, Vaughan, 1996-2010

 

Conduct a detailed biophysical inventory of vegetation resources of a 400-hectare block community plan, using aerial photography and detailed site reconnaissance. A detailed survey of woodlots, valleylands, hedgerows, wetlands and heritage tree features was prepared and mapped. Detailed assessment of features to be preserved included identification of hazard trees, areas requiring mitigation plantings, a tree tagging and monitoring program, recommendations of trail assignments and treatments, and the location of user entrances into woodlots. Aboud & Associates was then retained to provide contract administration, construction review for implementation of the mitigation plans, as well as undertaking a multi-year monitoring program.

 

 

Baker's Woodlot-Block 10 , Vaughan

Woodlot 4 - Block 10, Vaughan Woodlot 7 - Block 10, Vaughan Woodlot 6 Edge Management Planting - Block 10, Vaughan
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