Business View Magazine | November 2019

218 BUSINESS VIEW MAGAZINE NOVEMBER 2019 AT A GLANCE ECOTONE WHAT: An ecological restoration company WHERE: Offices in Harford and Howard Counties, Maryland WEBSITE: ecotone Repairing the environment I s the damage that’s been done to our biodiversity and ecosystems reparable? That’s been the focal point of ecological restoration since it emerged as an engineering design practice in the 1960s and so far, the field has provided some very effective answers. One important foundational principle upon which the discipline rests is that of mutual sustainability – with threats of climate change and severe degradation looming large, human beings need to be more cooperative with the land masses, waterways, and other species that constitute their habitat. It’s also one of the tenets of the design- build firm Ecotone, and it’s reflected both in its name and in its corporate focus - an ecotone is a transitional space where biological communities meet and integrate. From its offices in Forest Hill and Columbia, Maryland, the company prides itself on being that vital link between habitat quality and socio-economic development. What began in 1998 as a small consultancy operating out of a basement in Fallston, MD, mostly offering restoration design associated with rivers, has evolved into a full-service ecosystem