Ambler Design specializes in producing willow fascines and live stakes for ecological restoration work throughout the Northeast. Our team has been involved in the supply and installation of dormant live material for bioengineering for state, federal and private projects since 2001. We supply live willow fascines and stakes for riparian habitat restoration, streambank stabilization and other erosion control projects. We also offer installation services for these materials as well as tree planting services for riparian forest restoration. We are located in central Vermont, but will deliver materials throughout the northeast, including Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Please call us at 802-253-4536 to discuss your project needs.

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The material we use is harvested from wild stands of native willow (primarily Salix discolor) in central and northern Vermont. We carefully select our harvest stands to provide the best quality material possible: stands that are young and vigorous; have dense, straight growth; and are free of disease. To help maximize the success of your project, we only use species that will root readily and have high capacity to put out sucker roots. We also feel strongly about the use of local genotypes of native species as opposed to using cultivars or ordering material from distant bioregions. We take great care of our material from harvest through delivery.

Our fascines are 6-8” in diameter, are tightly bound with untreated biodegradable twine at no greater than 2′ intervals, vary from 8-10′ in length, and are constructed of material no greater than 1.5” in diameter. The stakes vary from 0.5″-2” in diameter and can be specified from 18″-36” in length. If there are additional material specifications required for your project, we can usually meet them if it is not too late in the harvesting season.


  • Fascines: $3.50 per linear foot
  • Stakes: $2.00 per stake
  • Please see below for Shipping & Delivery charges
  • Installation of Fascines: $1.50 per linear foot
  • Installation of Stakes: $1.50 per stake
  • Additional charges for installation may apply

Terms and Conditions

Ordering: Our harvest season lasts until approximately April 20, depending on weather. All orders of 5000 lin. ft. or more must be placed by March 21st. Smaller orders can be placed until April 15. Overstock or a long winter may enable us to fill some last minute orders at the end of the season, so please inquire regardless of the date! Call 802-253-4536 to order.

Minimum Order: Our minimum order for fascines is $580. Exceptions may be made for some orders in central and northern Vermont. The minimum order for stakes is $55.

Delivery: We deliver material throughout New England and eastern New York. Delivery dates must be scheduled when the order is placed and may not be changed by the customer. A charge of 10% may apply to delivery date changes.

  • Delivery fees vary by quantity and are as follows:
  • Up to to 2000 lin. ft.of fascines – $65/hr.
  • 2000 lin. ft. or more – price to vary according to project parameters (timing, work force, etc.).

Shipping: We can ship dormant live stakes by UPS. We do not ship fascines by UPS. Shipping is done at the buyer’s risk. Shipments should be unpackaged immediately and properly handled until planting.

Prices: All prices are in US Dollars and are subject to change due to unforeseen changes in our operation costs, such as abnormal weather conditions and fuel prices.

Cancellations: Any cancellation made by the customer will be subject to a cancellation charge. The charge is either 25% of the total order or whatever percentage of the order has already been processed plus an additional 10% of the total. Any reduction in the quantity ordered will also be subject to a charge of 10% of the cancelled quantity plus any amount of that quantity that has already been processed.

Returns: Due to the perishable nature of the material, there are no returns.

Non-Guarantee: We cannot make any guarantees as to the survival rate of our material since it depends on many variables that are outside of our control, such as planting site conditions, weather, quality of installation, post installation care, etc. We do guarantee that we take every measure possible during harvest, processing, storage and transport to maximize its survival and are glad to further explain what these measures are upon request.

Contingencies: We reserve the right the reduce the quantity of any order or cancel an order for circumstances that are beyond our control, such as acts of nature.

Taxes: Any taxes arising from the purchase, use, or resale of the goods such as sales tax or any other local tax are the responsibility of the buyer.

Payment Terms: A 25% deposit will be required at time of order. The remaining balance is due upon final delivery. Terms for publicly funded projects are negotiable. A 2% monthly finance charge will be added to all balances 30 days overdue.

About Ambler Design
Ambler Design is based in Stowe, Vermont and services clients throughout Lamoille, Washington, and Chittenden counties and beyond.
Po Box 1492 Stowe, Vermont
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