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Keith started Biohabitats, Inc., in 1982, a firm focused on ecological assessments, planning and design. Quickly winning commissions to prepare over two dozen Chesapeake Bay Critical Area plans and winning a contract to restore 11 acres of tidal marsh over the I-95 Fort McHenry tunnel in Baltimore’s inner harbor, Keith rapidly established Biohabitats as a firm grounded in solid land use planning and site design but built on a foundation of sound scientific theory and research. Concurrently, Keith launched Ecological Restoration and Management, Inc. (ER&M), a sister company of Biohabitats. At the time, native landscape planting, wetland restoration, soil bioengineering and water quality best management practices, to name a few, were unheard of. Under Keith’s leadership, ER&M was built from the ground-up establishing the skills, specialized equipment and knowledge to implement these types of projects and more.
Today, 34 years later, through Keith’s guidance Biohabitats has grown into a widely successful 70+ person multidisciplinary firm focusing exclusively on conservation planning, ecological restoration and regenerative design while ER&M has equally flourished as one of the primer go-to ecological restoration and land management contracting firms in the nation. Keith currently serves as president of Biohabitats and a partner in ER&M. He remains active in projects, business development and day-to-day operations.
Aside from his leadership in Biohabitats and ER&M, Keith have given back to the restoration community through a variety of venues. Keith has been an adjunct professor in Morgan State’s graduate program in landscape architecture, also serving on it’s board of advisors, guest lectured and served on design studio juries at more than 12 colleges and universities throughout the country and is currently serving on the board of advisors for the University of Maryland’s undergraduate and graduate landscape architecture programs. In 2008 the Board of Trustees of the Conway School of Landscape Design recognized Keith with an honorary degree in landscape design, citing his outstanding contribution to the planet in creating more sustainable landscapes through ecological restoration, regenerative design, and conservation planning. Keith has also served as a board of director to the Irvine Nature Center in Baltimore, Maryland, dedicated to enriching the lives of youth through environmental education, and a board of director to the Wildlands Network, a national organization dedicated to restoring continental corridors, reintroducing keystone species, and rewilding lost habitat.
From 199-2004, Keith served on SER's Board of Directors in a number of positions, bringing a new perspective and appreciation for landscape architects’ role in restoring degraded ecosystems.