The following is a representative list of NEI clients
and brief descriptions of each project. Active links in
the list lead to a slide show with more details.
US Army Corps of Engineers / San Antonio River Authority, City of San Antonio - San Antonio, Texas:
Intensive urban wildlife habitat restoration on highly degraded, severely sloping stream banks along one mile of the
San Antonio River near the historic downtown district. Included an extensive effort to eradicate dominant invasive
species such as Johnsongrass, and then re-establish the site with a palette of native grasses, wildflowers, trees
and vines. NEI has provided technical input to correct a number of design deficiencies in the project,
as well as playing a key role in coordinating and making presentations to various city agencies and community groups.
Construction and maintenance activities will continue through 2008, and NEI will produce an Operations and Maintenance Manual
to be delivered to city parks management staff at the conclusion of the project.
Fish and Wildlife Service, Lacassine National Wildlife
Refuge - Lake Arthur, Louisiana.
Prairie Restoration project will eventually contain
up to 11,000 acres of depleted rice farms in the long-term
plan. The first 220 acres of the Duralde Prairie was
planted in 1998 by Neiman Environments, Inc. with custom
harvests by Native American Seed from a globally imperiled
Gulf Coast prairie.
1600+ Ranch in Central Texas:
NEI developed a long term land management plan to establish a perpetual mitigation land bank as
recognized by the USFWS. Two species of endangered neo-tropical songbirds, two species of endangered
cave beetles and a single endangered specie of salamander have been documented through extensive
biological monitoring. The acreage is also a haven for native whitetail deer and Rio Grande wild turkey.
An extgensive Karst cave component overlyas the aquifer recharge zone, and native grassland restoration
efforts are progressing through a variety of soils and topography. NEI prepared, enrolled, and
maintains the "wildlife exemption" plan on file with the appropriate county appraisal district.
Henke Wildlife Ranch - 1008 acres, Ramirez, Texas:
NEI designed seed specs and installation procedures to qualify the owner to receive a USFW Foundation grant
to restore native habitat. Also accomplished the planting in a record eight days on this abandoned,
worn-out watermelon farm in deep South Texas brush country.
Sheldon State Park - Houston, Texas:
A Native Coastal Prairie restoration to serve as a centerpiece for the ongoing expansion of the park's
site-based outdoor education center. Worn-out rice and soybean fields were restored with seed harvested
by NAS from the critically imperiled USFWS Attwater Prairie Chicken Wildlife Refuge.
New Bremen Reserve - Wildlife conservation based residential development near Houston:
This 460-acre site will be divided into five exclusive homeowner tracts, with native wildflowers, grasses and
woodland corridor riparian areas as featured amenities. NEI performed and coordinated in-depth vegetation and wildlife
surveys, with design and reintroduction of 66 native prairie species on the site. We also compiled and narrated a
multimedia presentation for a meeting of investors. The project continues into the future with long-term
management oversight responsibilities.
Composite Technology Industries (W.R. Grace) - Fort Worth,
In 1991, NEI undertook reclamation
of a 28-acre site next to CTI that had been previously used as
a dumping ground. This ongoing project under Neiman's
leadership was developed in coordination with students
and teachers from the nearby elementary school, and
serves as an "outdoor classroom." In 1993
it won a national award for excellence in developing
environmental curriculum for grades K-5. The project
was featured in a television documentary by the Nickelodeon
channel in 1995 and '96. Neiman continues the educational
components of this project thanks to a working grant from
the Rainwater Foundation of Fort Worth, Texas.
Corporate Land Bank - Dallas, Texas:
Inc. implemented a long-term restoration of approximately
1100 acres of waste farm land owned by IBM. It was prepared
and planted to native prairie grasses, wildflowers and
trees. Project began in 1987, and ongoing long-term
management of the land continued until 1997 when the
land base was sold for urban development.
Texas Tech University -
Satellite campus, Junction, Texas
NEI was called in to supervise and help implement a riverbank restoration
project along the South Llano River in the winter of 1999-2000. Several
government agencies on the local, state and national levels were also
involved in the project, which was staffed by a group of young volunteers from AmeriCorps.
Roadside Beautification Project - Interstate 37, Texas:
A contractor hired by the Texas Highway Department for this job used NEI's specialized equipment
and expertise for a roadside wildflower planting along IH37, extending over 250 acres across 12 counties.
Meadowbrook Farms Golf Course - Houston, Texas:
Golfer Greg Norman wanted to use native prairie plants in the non-play areas of this course west
of Houston, so NEI was chosen to assist in the design and implementation of the project. Intensive
planning was needed to integrate the work into the timelines and special demands of golf course
development, including an education component to familiarize the course designers with
the characteristics of the plants.
Department of Energy
-Ellis County, Texas:
In 1992 NEI was chosen to develop a twenty-year land management
plan covering the 8000 acres acquired for the Superconducting SuperCollider
project near Waxahachie in Ellis County, Texas. The plan included a proposal for the largest
prairie restoration project ever undertaken, the creation
of a major public education program, and the set-aside
of sites to explore the possibilities of sustainable
agricultural practices. Custom harvesting of local prairie
remnants and planting on the SSC site was accomplished
prior to the decommissioning of the project by the U.S.
Parkhill Prairie - Collin County, Texas:
Restoration work was done on this blackland prairie northeast of
the Dallas-Ft. Worth metroplex during the late 1980's.
This project was funded by a cooperative effort of the
voters of Collin County, Texas Parks and Wildlife, and
the Texas Nature Conservancy. Neiman Environments, Inc.
was chosen to custom harvest native seeds from nearby
prairie remnants and to conduct site preparation and
planting at Parkhill.
Right: Bill Neiman on the job at
the San Antonio River project, 2007.