Legal Implications for Future Mitigation Banking Instruments

Dr. Ben Guillon, Chief Investment Officer for WRA, Inc., was retained by the U.S. Department of Justice (U.S. DOJ) to serve as an expert witness in the case “Pioneer Reserve, LLC vs. the United States” before the United States Court of Federal Claims. This case is particularly important for the mitigation banking industry because the … Continue Reading »

Advanced Delineation Training: 11/3-4, 2016

WRA’s Bay Area delineation experts Amanda McCarthy, PhD and Tanner Harris will co-lead a two-day advanced wetland delineation training at the Romberg Tiburon Center (RTC) for Environmental Studies November 3-4, 2016. This training program, provided in joint collaboration with the San Francisco Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) and RTC, will expand upon the wetland delineation principles discussed in … Continue Reading »

WRA Spotlight: Stormwater Experts

WRA’s multidisciplinary team includes a diverse range of talented professionals including individuals with environmental, restoration, and landscape architecture backgrounds that focus on green infrastructure and stormwater design and management. Our team includes individuals certified in stormwater design and permit compliance during construction including the following: Construction General Permit Qualified SWPPP Practitioner (QSP) Construction General Permit … Continue Reading »

WRA Recognized as 2016 Best Place to Work

  WRA is proud to be recognized as a six-time recipient of the North Bay Business Journal’s Best Places to Work winner’s list. Congratulations and sincere thanks to all of our dedicated and hard working team members for this incredible honor! Read the full article in the Journal here and some of our staff feedback below. “People are our number … Continue Reading »

USDA Selects Winners of Conservation Innovation Grant

WRA, Inc. is proud to be part of the team selected by USDA together with I2 Capital and Upper Green River Conservancy to receive a Conservation Innovation Grant. The grant will be used to develop a new model of conservation bank for greater sage grouse in the Pinedale area of Wyoming. This new model will … Continue Reading »

WRA Botanists Go Above and Beyond In Search of Rare Plants

WRA botanists are often tasked with determining what, if any, rare plant species have potential to occur on a project site. To do this, we start by searching databases for known rare plant occurrences in the vicinity and then compare the habitat requirements of each species to the conditions found on the project site. In … Continue Reading »

WRA’s Jonathan Hidalgo Serves as New AEP SF Bay Area Chapter President

Last month, Jonathan Hidalgo, AICP, Associate Environmental Planner at WRA, Inc., was elected by the Association of Environmental Planners (AEP) San Francisco Bay Area Chapter Board members to serve as the chapter’s new president. “I am honored to be elected to this important leadership role and give back to an organization that has provided me … Continue Reading »

Latest Ecesis Newsletter Features WRA’s Expertise in Restoration Technology

The latest edition of Ecesis, the newsletter of the California Society for Ecological Restoration, features an article by WRA’s Geoff Smick and Sundaran Gillespie. The article focuses on unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, and their growing use in modeling, mapping, and monitoring vegetation for restoration projects. Click here to read the full article (see page 10). Contact Geoff Smick for questions about … Continue Reading »

WRA Opens New Emeryville Office Location

After 35 years in the Bay Area, WRA, Inc. is expanding our geographic reach on a local, yet strategic scale.  We are excited to announce that our new Emeryville office is officially open for business!  WRA has opened the new office to offer more support for our current and future clients in the East Bay. … Continue Reading »

WRA Welcomes Former USFWS Expert Ken Sanchez

Ken Sanchez, a 23-year veteran of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife’s Sacramento Field Office, joins WRA, Inc. as a Senior Associate Biologist. ”We are thrilled to have a national expert in section 7 Endangered Species Act (ESA) consultation and conservation banking as part of our team,” said Tim DeGraff, Chief Executive Officer. “Ken’s contributions to … Continue Reading »