Professional, Environmental Services

Safe Harbor is an Environmental Consulting Group on Cape Cod, MA, providing State and Local permitting, project management and compliance monitoring. Safe Harbor utilizes natural systems for innovative mitigation and restoration strategies. 

Safe Harbor utilizes affordable, high performance, low impact systems for maintaining required site conditions (Performance Standards). Safe Harbor has worked to apply numerous, sustainable natural systems to address frequent problems: steep and very steep slope stabilization; storm water management; inland and coastal habitat restoration; coastal dune restoration. Our strategies consider natural and financial resources.  Coastal Construction Management protects property owners and contractors from unnecessary violations, enforcement delays and fines.  Safe Harbor specializes in sustainable, habitat restoration systems. We develop solutions to environmental problems by understanding the cause of the problem.  Sustainable solutions protect natural and financial resources.

Safe Harbor designs compliance techniques to minimize impacts to natural resources during construction projects.  Environmental permitting requires careful attention to detail and deadlines. Prior to submission,We develop a site management plan that integrates necessary project sequencing, resource area delineations, various use designations and specific mitigation for construction activity. Safe Harbor provides a built in liaison with regulatory agencies. We attend and participate in public hearings, providing detailed technical responses as necessary.  Safe Harbor protects the property owner's liabilities.

Coastal restoration site
Coastal restoration site

We install erosion control systems or exclusionary fencing to meet any requirements. Safe Harbor makes long term commitments to projects until they are completed: inspecting erosion control systems; providing emergency response; processing project change protocols and working with the contractor to solve unforeseen problems. Most importantly, we create , maintain and protect the constructive relationship between the property owner and local regulators. A portion of our work also include representing property owners or contractors who have unintentionally violated State Wetlands Protection and local Conservation Commission bylaw regulations. We are experienced at providing successful mediation and settlement.

Environmental Planning
Environmental Planning

Safe Harbor's core values are reflected through our Educational Initiatives. We direct a significant amount of energy and effort towards environmental education. We offer multiple topic, environmental education presentations,  presented annually, at Colleges, High Schools, public and organizational events. All of our innovative strategies and techniques have been made Public Domain and are supported by free publications. 2000 Cape residents receive our environmental newsletter OCEAN (Outer Cape Environmental Awareness Newsletter). This e-newsletter links communities, groups and individuals seeking solutions to shared environmental problems. We believe the best way to protect our natural resources is through education and understanding.

We are available for free consultations on your project. gordonsafeharbor@yahoo.com

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Healthy Beach Plum bushes symbolize the habitat values of indigenous vegetation to provide food and shelter for native animals.

Removing invasive Queen Ann Lace, originally brought over by Pilgrims as wild carrots.

Removing invasive Queen Ann Lace, originally brought over by Pilgrims as wild carrots.

INVASIVE PLANT MANAGEMENT

Invasive (non-native) plants in our sensitive resource areas crowd out native species. Invasive plants are fast growing and aggressive. They easily out compete native vegetation for nutrients, sunlight and moisture This crowds out native species and reduces native plant biodiversity. Reductions in native plant population stress native animals by reducing  food and shelter options. This overall  pattern creates economic impacts.

Invasive plants appear in disturbed areas because their growth rate easily out competes native vegetation that may have been present prior to the disturbance. This requires careful re-vegetation on construction sites. Our Intern Vida is shown above, removing Queen Anne's Lace, or "wild carrot" from a sensitive, coastal habitat restoration. This invasive is removed after flower and before seeding, by gently (so seeds aren't  released) pulling up the stems, root and all.

Large scale removal of invasive plants must be matched with re-planting of native species or the invasives will simply reappear. Large scale invasive plant removal should be done with a three year management plan, to give slower growing native vegetation the chance to become dominant.

A warning to homeowners removing invasive vegetation themselves: please DO NOT  put the removed vegetation in compost piles! This will spread the seeds to dozens of other homes. Bag the removed plants and dispose of them with household trash. On Cape Cod, our trash is incinerated to produce electricity.

Free Consultations, 508-237-3724 gordonpeabody@gmail.com