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

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Transportation
Amount:
$724,130.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
DTRT5706C10017
Solitcitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Branch:
N/A
Award Year:
2006
Phase:
Phase II
Agency Tracking Number:
DTRS57-04-C-10004
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Small Business Information
Bitterroot Restoration Inc.
445 Quest Lane, Corvallis, MT, 59828
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
174417584
Principal Investigator
 Tim Meikle
 Director of R&D
 (406) 961-4991
Business Contact
 Denise Laussade
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (406) 961-4991
Research Institution
N/A
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.

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