Mianus River: Woodland Trail and Fishing Access Platform

Mianus River: Woodland Trail and Fishing Access Platform

The newly completed woodland trail and fishing access point are the latest installation in a five year project at Mianus River Park, CT. Following recommendations from the Mianus River Park Ecological Master Plan which we developed in 2013, our team set out to design a better entrance to the park that would enhance the user experience while protecting the local environment. In the past, high visitation rates and excessive foot traffic have caused ongoing shoreline erosion, sedimentation of the riverbanks, and loss of understory vegetation.

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Restoration Master Plan for Cummings Pond

Restoration Master Plan for Cummings Pond

In Stamford, Connecticut, community members and local environmental stakeholders expressed concerns over the degradation and pollution of Cummings Pond, which has been altered over recent decades by urban development and sediment deposition. In response, our team has provided research-driven consultation and ecologically-principled recommendations that take into account the larger context of the pond.

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Propagating Plants for NYDEC

Propagating Plants for NYDEC

New York City spends billions of dollars to protect its drinking water system, arguably the City's largest capital asset. Since 2016, One Nature has propagated plants for riparian stream corridor restoration project in the New York City's West-of-Hudson Reservoir system. These plants, grown with no chemical herbicides or pesticides, are critical to ensuring that the forests around the reservoirs are healthy enough to filter pollutants from the drinking water. Seeds are collected from the Catskill Mountains, started by our partners at the NYC Greenbelt Center in Staten Island, and grown-to-size in our plant nursery. At least 5,000 trees are delivered each fall to partner Soil and Water Conservation districts for installation.

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Main Street Pop-Up Park

Main Street Pop-Up Park

In 2014, One Nature partnered with Green Teen volunteers and Hudson Todd to transform a vacant lot in Beacon, NY into a temporary pop-up park. All across the world, real estate speculation causes land in dense urban areas to lay vacant, sometimes for decades. This project creates a temporary landscape so that the land can be ecologically and socially productive until such time that development occurs.

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Creating an Edible Landscape

Creating an Edible Landscape

The project includes raised agricultural beds surrounded by a meadow cattle fence that protects the plants while integrating the entire area into the landscape. We’ve also added fruit trees and shrubs in an arbor that includes native peaches, apples, blackberries, and raspberries. In the front of the property we installed an evergreen hedge composed of Northern White Cedars and Tamaracks. Lastly, we created a streetside planting strip containing witchhazels, bayberries, chokeberries, and an assortment of herbaceous wildflower species.

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Forest Playground Construction Complete

Forest Playground Construction Complete

When planning began last winter for the design and build of the Wee Woods, a woodland playground at the Wee Play facility at Beacon’s Memorial Park, the project’s overseers set out with a clear vision of the kind of park they wanted to build, and a guiding philosophy that emphasized the importance of naturalized play in the development and cultivation of young minds...

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Shadow Analysis of a Proposed Development in Westport, CT

Our team provided an analysis of the impact of new shadow created by a proposed development in Westport, CT. The proposed project site is on the western side of the Saugatuck River. The site is covered primarily by deciduous trees which lose their leaves during the cold season, allowing sunlight to penetrate to the forest floor until Spring leaf-out. There is also a large intertidal wetland at the toe of the sloped site.

Our team used a georeferenced 3D computer modelling software to establish an existing conditions model of the site. After we modeled the existing shade conditions, we added the “proposed” and “alternative” building scenarios to the model. We used architectural plans submitted to us by a third-party to model the dimensions of the proposed and alternative buildings. We specifically modeled conditions at noon, 2 pm, and 4 pm on the Spring Equinox and the Summer Solstice.

Our modeling efforts suggested that the most severe shadow impacts to existing wetland will occur during springtime late afternoons. Fall equinox shadow patterns cast by the new structure would mirror those as during spring equinox conditions. However, Spring impacts would outweigh the Fall because leaves have not yet come out on surrounding deciduous trees and therefore the building creates much more new shadow.


The Highlands Current features One Nature

The Highlands Current features One Nature

"Quinn is the principal and founder of One Nature, an environmental design firm whose main office is down an alley off the west end of Main Street in Beacon. Its native-plant nursery is down another alley nearby. No matter which alley you go down, the mission is the same: Creating spaces in which nature and culture can interact in a way that benefits both."

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