Meet Our Village Ecologist
By Steve Zimmerman, Riverwoods Ecologist
Riverwoods is surrounded by a variety of unique remnant woodland communitie as that give the Village its interesting character. Many challenges and opportunities arise as we interact with these woodlands and the wildlife that utilizes them. As the Village Ecologist my goal is to “bring the science of ecology to all land-use decisions” made in the Village to ensure that the health of the woodlands persists and improves for many years to come.
I began working as a Senior Ecologist for Applied Ecological Services, Inc. (AES) nearly 14 years ago and recently became a Certified Arborist. AES is a long-standing ecological restoration firm. I am based out of our West Dundee, Illinois branch office. Our main office and native plant nursery (Taylor Creek Restoration Nursery) are located in Brodhead, Wisconsin. We also have ecological contracting services provided by our Huntley, Illinois office.
Over my career with AES, I have had the opportunity to manage many exciting ecological-based projects involving woodland/prairie/wetland restoration and management, stream and shoreline restoration, fisheries management, and watershed /green infrastructure planning. Many aspects of these projects include natural resources surveying, developing native vegetation restoration plans, acquiring and administering permits, preparing bid and construction documents, and overseeing construction projects. In addition, I have given dozen’s of ecological restoration related presentations to a wide variety of clients.
My primary duties as the Village Ecologist include assisting the Village and residents with woodland stewardship/restoration, planting of native trees, shrubs, and understory, conducting tree surveys and wetland delineations, review and approval of proposed landscaping for Village-wide developments, approval of tree removal requests, and implementing the Village’s Ecological Cost-Share Programs.
As the Village Ecologist, I will do my best to provide exceptional expertise, service, and value while helping to protect and improve the Village’s delicate woodlands for years to come.