Even on the rocky coast of Maine, erosion is a common problem for shore land property owners.
The typical treatment for an eroding slope is to blanket the slope with a layer of riprap. The blasted stone rarely resembles the local bedrock, and is usually uninteresting and inappropriate for the area.
We believe erosion is better treated by restoring the structure of the shore and respecting the natural beauty of the region. Stable Maine shorelines typically combine exposed bedrock with some soil and lots of tree roots to hold it all together.
We use techniques drawn from the principles of bio-engineering to analyze and stabilize eroded slopes.
“Something there is more needful than expense,
And something previous ev’n to taste – ’tis sense.”
— Alexander Pope from An Epistle to Lord Burlington, 1731