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Wisconsin Environmental Firm Makes Site of 2011 Super Bowl “Green” For Green Bay Packers vs. Steelers Battle

January 29, 2011

Long before the Green Bay Packers won the NFC Championship on their way to the Super Bowl in Dallas, there was a “Ëœgreen’ invasion of Wisconsinites in the Lone Star State. Wisconsin-based Applied Ecological Services (AES), one of the leading ecological consulting firms in the world, helped the Dallas Cowboys organization ready its new stadium campus with an eye to Super Bowl XLV, and they did it using money-saving, habitat-friendly, green techniques.

Brodhead, WI (PRWEB) January 28, 2011

Long before the Green Bay Packers won the NFC Championship on their way to the Super Bowl in Dallas, there was a “Ëœgreen’ invasion of Wisconsinites in the Lone Star State. Wisconsin-based Applied Ecological Services (AES), one of the leading ecological consulting firms in the world, helped the Dallas Cowboys organization ready its new stadium campus with an eye to Super Bowl XLV, and they did it using money-saving, habitat-friendly, green techniques.

In addition to its enormous center-field screen, its incredible seating capacity, its glass-backed end zones and trademark swooped roof, the new Cowboys Stadium may be less well known for the green steps it took in planning, designing, and building the new campus. In 2005, AES was hired to provide planning and design support to address the problem of adjacent Johnson Creek, a flood ridden, safety hazard. The eyesore divides the Dallas Cowboy Stadium from nearby Ameriquest Field, home of the Texas Rangers.

What started as a flood control study became a model project for ecological sustainability, habitat protection, and public open space protection. An approximate one-mile stretch of Johnson Creek is now home to a beautiful public open space and ecologically restored creek corridor meandering between the stadium campuses, including recreational features such as a bike trail and pedestrian bridge connecting the two facilities.

Arlington, Texas had a vision to “once and for all” restore one of the most visible and controversial of its natural resources. After decades of flooding, erosion, wildlife habitat degradation, and several failed attempts to fund a restoration plan, Johnson Creek is now the subject of an ongoing $80M federal watershed conservation plan expected to be implemented over the next decade.

Locally, this creek wreaked havoc on its neighbors in the floodplain. Not surprisingly, trails on either side of the creek had fallen in due to the impact its floods had on incised stream banks already weakened by decades of erosive flows. Hundreds of trees have been lost to the floods, which left the banks weak, unsightly and overgrown with invasive plants and blighted with refuse. Families were even relocated from the most flood-prone zones where homes used to be built as close as the five-year floodplain.

This part of Johnson Creek is now the “green” ribbon connecting the venues on both sides of the creek, building rapport with federal agencies and citizens alike for future phases of the restoration plan. Fans attending Super Bowl XLV will see firsthand the work implemented by Wisconsin-based AES as they walk over the pedestrian bridge from parking to the game. Additionally, those watching the game on television will see an overhead shot of the work from pictures broadcast by the blimp.

“We’re all big Packer fans here at AES, so it’s pretty exciting for us that we’ve been working on a project that’s so connected to this Super Bowl, and the Packers are going to win it!” said Jacob Blue, AES Senior Landscape Architect. “”We hope other sports venues are interested in following the model set by the Cowboys ““ preserving, protecting, and restoring native habitat and open space as part of their campus.”

This “green” environmental project will welcome Green Bay Packer fans and further demonstrate the growth and opportunity of Wisconsin-based companies’ impact throughout the country.

About Applied Ecological Services

Established in 1978, AES consulting and design services offer comprehensive, coordinated expertise in ecological science, sustainable civil engineering, landscape architecture and GIS. Consulting and design services are supported by an experienced contracting division that implements on-the-ground ecological projects, backed by one of the largest, most diverse native seed and plant nurseries in the U.S. This unique combination of in-house staff experience – bringing together ecology, engineering, design, data management, contracting and nursery science ““ provides innovation, accountability, flexibility, streamlined project management and most importantly, designs that work.

With its headquarters in Brodhead, Wisconsin, AES also has offices in Minnesota, Illinois, Pennsylvania, New York and Kansas. AES conducts projects throughout the U.S., Canada, Central and South America and occasionally in Europe and Asia. AES scientists and designers are familiar with virtually every biome in the Western Hemisphere. AES contracting and nursery employees are highly skilled, long standing team members fully capable of executing complex projects in challenging situations.

For more information about Applied Ecological Services, access the company website at http://www.appliedeco.com.

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