The Center for Applied Ecology
Mission. NKU's Center for Applied Ecology--a self-funded Regional Stewardship enterprise--partners with government agencies, non-profits, and private landowners to improve environmental stewardship in the region while providing pre-professional training and work experience to NKU student interns. The Center implements programs and projects, conducts applied research, and educates stakeholders in practical and sustainable solutions to restore, protect, and utilize the region's environmental resources.
History. Established in 1999, the Center has completed or has underway over 170 environmental stewardship projects. Working with Center staff, over 80 NKU students have been employed for over 48,000 hours. The Center's largest project is the Northern Kentucky Stream and Wetland Restoration Program ("Stream Program"), the in-lieu fee mitigation program serving northern Kentucky.
Services. In addition to stream and wetland restoration, other areas of expertise include forest assessment and restoration, invasive species management, rare plant surveys and research, conservation planning, and geographic information system mapping.