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ECT’s Patrick Judd, PLA, manages this project and leads the overall design process. He works closely with ECT’s Matt Carmer, PWS, CWB, who is assessing habitats for threatened and endangered species along two segments of the trail, including Zeeb Road and Huron River Drive D2. Judd is a Professional Landscape Architect and part of ECT’s Water Resources service line. Carmer is a Professional Wetland Scientist and Certified Wildlife Biologist and part of ECT’s Natural Resources service line.

“The scenic Huron River Valley is a genuinely admired landscape setting and greatly appreciated resource by the residents and visitors of Washtenaw County,” said Project Manager Patrick Judd. “ECT is proud to provide thoughtful design services for a desirable destination project that considers the local ecology, cultural history and environmental protection for recreational benefits.”

The project is funded by Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission, Washtenaw County Road Commission, Department of Natural Resources, the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation, St. Joseph Mercy Health System, and more than 1200 donors.

“These trails and carefully thought out initiative are being managed by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. The Iron Belle trail in Michigan, for example, will connect Ironwood in Upper Peninsula and Belle Isle State Park in Detroit. When complete, these trails will connect 48 counties and 240 townships. The 1,204-mile hiking trail will be the longest state-designated trail in the nation,” said ECT Vice President and Water Resources National Director Sanjiv Sinha, Ph.D., P.E. “ECT is delighted to help connect citizens with the wonder of the outdoors.”

The Huron River Drive D2 segment is expected to be complete in November 2019.

Project Manager Patrick Judd, PLA

As senior manager of Ann Arbor’s Landscape Architecture/Green Infrastructure Studio, Mr. Judd’s work experience includes site master-planning, design and construction administration of corporate and commercial sites and public recreation lands, including non-motorized trails, Native American lands, whole system farm planning, as well as stream and wetland restoration. He is well versed in Midwest native plant communities, rainwater management, and land sculpting, which allows ecosystem services integration for projects. Mr. Judd brings a pragmatic eye to the design and planning process. His combination of knowledge about native plants habitats, site programming and social interfaces leads to an ability to translate that knowledge into design criteria for the preparation of site master plans and construction documents — critical for a project that must respond to the needs of both the environment and people.

About Environmental Consulting & Technology, Inc.

Environmental Consulting & Technology, Inc. (ECT), serves private- and public-sector clients by integrating science, engineering, technology, planning and management systems to provide practical solutions to complex challenges. Founded in 1988, ECT’s corporate commitment of highly qualified, experienced professionals, empowers the company to consistently provide superior services within budget and on schedule. We enjoy a well-deserved reputation as trusted strategic advisers to a host of market-leading clients in pivotal components of the economy. Our clients operate in an environment where the need to maintain and enhance their position and contribution to the economy is constantly being challenged by the increased pressure to use natural resources wisely. ECT is growing as clients increasingly request our considerable expertise, experience, and understanding of their business to help them with these challenges.