Critter Gallery

Canebrake Rattlesnake,
Crotalus horridus - venomous common inhabitant of SE Coastal Plain

"She Turned Me Into a Newt".... Salamander actually of the genus Plethodon!

‘Slug Fest’ – mating dance of the common garden slug

“That’s some pig” Yellow Garden Spider (Argiope aurantia)

Kemps Ridley Turtle, (Lepidochelys kempii) – nesting on a Virginia beach… in daylight?

Corolla Wild horses

Corolla Wild horses

Corolla Wild horses

Brilliantly colored moth

Young deer with no fear

Eastern hog-nosed Snake (Heterodon Platirhinos) – quick to play dead

Gray Treefrog (Hyla chrysoscelis) – master of disguise!

Red Drum (Sciaenops ocellatus) – catch and release fellas

Yogi and BooBoo tracking a deer!

Hornets Nest… Tire gauge added for scale!

American Bullfrog (Lithobates catesbeianus) – I kissed a frog and I liked it!

Greater Road Runner (Geococcyx californianus)… the coyote’s after you...

Dancing Desert Lizard… Road Runner is after you.

Red Tail Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) – on way to wildlife rehab

Common Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentine) – if he gets a hold of you he won’t let go until the next full moon

Two headed snake? Black snake looking for a snack in a Wood Duck Box. (see video)

Yellow-bellied slider (Trachemys scripta scripta) – one in the hand…

Eastern Kingsnake (Lampropeltis getula) – vibrate tails in dry leaves to mimic rattler

Green Before Green Was Cool

Emerald Forest Incorporated was born in 1989 when the founder and current president saw a niche for a company specializing in the restoration and creation of wetland habitats. This need for a service was spawned by the requirements for restoration or compensation imposed by government agencies during the environmental permitting process. We decided to go green before going green was cool.

Today Emerald Forest has grown into a multi-faceted firm specializing in the restoration and creation of local native habitats throughout the mid-Atlantic region of the US. Our staff provides over 45 years of knowledge and hands-on experience in the fields of landscaping, horticulture, forestry, ecology and environmental regulatory procedures and permitting.


From our principal office in Chesapeake, VA and satellite office in Moyock, NC, we have been instrumental in the design, implementation and management of native habitats, stormwater ponds and wastewater wetlands in Virginia, North Carolina Maryland and Delaware for over 25 years. We provide our unique services to industry, non-profits, local municipalities, property owners and various agencies of State and Federal Government.

Have you ever crossed the Blue Star Memorial Bridge, (Dominion Boulevard), any of the Elizabeth River Tunnels, the Martin Luther King Parkway or the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel in Hampton Roads, Virginia?

We were involved with those projects!

Have you ever traveled the Route 95 Woodrow Wilson Bridge over the Potomac River, the Route 1 Bridge over Neabsco Creek, State Route 234 or the Fairfax County Parkway in Northern Virginia?

We helped make those crossings possible!

Have you ever driven on Route 288, the John Rolfe Parkway, Creighton Road or the Route 95 Bridge over the Appomattox River in the Richmond/Petersburg, VA metro area?

Our work was partially responsible for those projects too!

Have you ever traveled west on VA Routes 58, 460, 64 or 66; or NC Route 64 or the North South Corridors of Route 17, or Interstates 85 or 95?

Yup we worked on those projects!

Have you ever fished, swam or boated in the Chesapeake Bay or any of its tributaries; any of the coastal rivers and sounds or Eastern North Carolina or the Atlantic Ocean from Cape Henlopen Delaware to the mouth of the Cape Fear River near Wilmington NC?

We had something to do with that as well!

Do you like seafood….check!
Do you like clean water………check!
Not a fan of flooding or storm surge………check!
Do you enjoy spending time in State Parks and forests………check!
Native habitats and our work to create and restore these areas help make these things possible!
Emerald Forest is well-respected by General Contractors, Consulting and Engineering Firms, local academia and government agencies. We have been featured in various media publications and were nominated for the Federal Environmental Excellence Award for our SAV restoration work associated with the Woodrow Wilson Bridge replacement in Washington DC. Samples of our stream restoration work are featured in the Norfolk District, US Army Corps of Engineers Stream Attribute Assessment Methodology Manual.
We are a small business with big ideas! How can we help you with your project?

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