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Phase II: EcoSod An Alternative Native Sod Solution for Highway Construction

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Transportation
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
61555
Program Year/Program:
2006 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
DTRS57-04-C-10004
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Bitterroot Restoration Inc.
445 Quest Lane Corvallis, MT 59828
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2006
Title: Phase II: EcoSod An Alternative Native Sod Solution for Highway Construction
Agency: DOT
Contract: DTRT5706C10017
Award Amount: $724,130.00
 

Abstract:

The Surface Transportation and Uniform Relocation Assistance Act requires the use of native grasses and wildflowers within highway corridors. A major problem for the revegetation industry has been the ability to predictably establish native vegetation from seed. The production of native sods would allow for the most sensitive period of establishment-germination and initial seedling growth-to be bypassed in order to meet FHWA requirements for erosion control and weed suppression. Traditional sod production techniques, however, are geographically limited, environmentally problematic, and may act as a vector for the introduction of weed species. Bitterroot Restoration Inc., proposes to develop "EcoSod", a lighweight, highly transportable native sod designed for short duration growing cycles. EcoSod will be constructed from weed-free geotextiles, which increase the transportablity of materials and field survival of installed sods. Phase II research will result in: 1) establishment of field trails in Washington, California, and Wyoming; 2) development of propagation protocols for regional facilities; and 3) substantial cost and weight reductions from Phase I prototype.

Principal Investigator:

Tim W. Meikle
Director of R&D
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Business Contact:

Denise Laussade
Chief Financial Officer
4069614991
Small Business Information at Submission:

Bitterroot Restoration Inc.
445 Quest Lane Corvallis, MT 59828

EIN/Tax ID:
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No