Applied Ecological Services

AES was established in 1978 by founder and owner Steven I. Apfelbaum, an ecologist who has built a reputation as one of the country’s leading ecologists.  In the 1970s and 80s, Apfelbaum’s earliest projects were groundbreaking remediation projects for which he designed reclamation plans and invented new techniques for implementation. Because no source existed for native seed and plants, he collected native grass and forb seed in the wild to establish a nursery that was capable of producing vegetation materials to accomplish his reclamation plans.
Over the last 35 years, AES has grown into one of the nation’s most respected ecological services companies, with a staff of 120 and offices in Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, Iowa, Kansas, Pennsylvania and New York. Consulting and design services work in collaboration with our experienced ecological contractors – playing a key role in implementing on-the-ground ecological projects. These two divisions are backed by our nursery division – Taylor Creek Restoration Nurseries – one of the largest, most diverse native seed and plant nurseries in the U.S.
At AES, we seek to design landscapes with an infusion of serious ecology.  AES concepts of eco-functional site design rest not only on the time-honored precepts of landscape architecture but they also draw from the wellspring of ecological science and the Land Ethic espoused by Aldo Leopold.