Presidential Memorandum Issues Support for Mitigation Banking and New Policy Guidelines

President Obama recently released a Presidential Memorandum supporting private investment in natural resource conservation and restoration. Mitigation and conservation banking, in particular, were lauded as the environmentally superior and preferred approach to natural resource impact mitigation. Current studies suggest that private sector investment in compensatory mitigation is currently $1.3 – $4 billion dollars with 40% … Continue Reading »

WRA Botanist Joins Plant Pathogen Working Group

Tanner Harris, Senior Biologist at WRA, has joined a committee of restoration practitioners that is part of the “Working Group for Phytophthoras in Native Plant Habitats”. Phytopthora, which means “plant destroyer”, is a large group of fungus-like water molds that can cause severe dieback in natural plant populations. Perhaps the most well-known Phytophthora species is … Continue Reading »

Top 6 Maintenance Tips to Tame El Niño

The weather models continue to call for a potentially extreme El Niño event this winter in central and southern California. Being prepared for what Mother Nature has to offer is your first line of defense in protecting your assets. Names like “Godzilla El Niño” and “Bruce Lee El Niño” are commonplace and hint at the … Continue Reading »

WRA Freshwater Ecosystem Expert Featured in Ecesis Newsletter

The Winter edition of Ecesis, the newsletter of the California Society for Ecological Restoration, is hot off the presses and features an article by WRA Wildlife Biologist Joan Damerow titled “Biodiversity and Vulnerability of Aquatic Insects in California”. Dr. Damerow is a freshwater ecologist specializing in biological monitoring, water and habitat quality, and aquatic invertebrates.  She … Continue Reading »

2015 WRA Staff Promotions

Congratulations to our hardworking team who earned promotions in 2015! Kate Allen, Associate Wildlife Biologist Nathan Bello, Senior Associate Mitigation Specialist Nicholas Brinton, Fisheries Biologist Shawn Carroll, Wildlife Biologist Sundaran Gillespie, GIS Analyst Chris Gurney, Senior Associate Plant Biologist Jonathan Hidalgo, Associate Environmental Planner Peter Kobylarz, GIS Manager Leslie Lazarotti, Senior Associate Regulatory Permitting Specialist Leslie Mace, Contracts Manager Matt … Continue Reading »