WRA, Inc. Announces Geoff Smick as Chief Executive Officer

WRA, Inc. is excited to announce that its Board of Directors has appointed Geoff Smick as the new Chief Executive Officer. Geoff is a 14-year veteran with WRA and has exemplified strong leadership and commitment to company goals and operations having served as President since 2014. Geoff will continue to serve his clients in WRA’s … Continue Reading »

2018 ACES Conference Features WRA Conservation Finance Expertise

Members of WRA’s conservation strategies team including Matt Richmond and Jane Rice will attend the 2018 ACES: A Community on Ecosystem Services conference December 3-6, 2018 in Washington, D.C. This year’s event will convene an international community of professionals, researchers, and policy experts in an open forum to share experiences, methods, and tools for assessing … Continue Reading »

California Water Use Ordinance Mandates New Approaches for Landscape Construction Projects

by Isaac Swanson and Ingrid Morken California’s water use regulations are complex and often times difficult to navigate for compliance depending on the project type. According to to the California Water Boards, “our changing climate requires Californians to use water more wisely … small changes make a big impact.” The Model Efficient Landscape Ordinance (MWELO) requires … Continue Reading »

New Research: Implications for Marsh Restoration in the Northern Gulf of Mexico

WRA’s Katie Fedeli is co-author of a recently published study focused on habitat restoration and recovery efforts in northern Gulf of Mexico following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The article, “Recovery of Salt Marsh Invertebrates Following Habitat Restoration: Implications for Marsh Restoration in the Northern Gulf of Mexico” was a collaboration by Industrial Economics, Inc., … Continue Reading »

Oak Knoll Groundbreaking September 12, 2018

  On September 12, 2018, the Oak Knoll development project broke ground after nearly decades of planning. WRA’s Amanda McCarthy, Kari Dupler, and Susie Bennett attended the event as guests alongside our client SunCal, government officials including Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and Oakland City Council President Larry Reid, and local community leaders. The site, formerly … Continue Reading »

WLA/WRA Blog Series: Part Seven Water Rights for Restoration Now Available

The Western Landowners Alliance and WRA have partnered up on a blog series focused on how landowners can leverage the opportunities offered by conservation finance to further both conservation and economic goals. Each blog will provide an understanding of key concepts, market players and trends, and financial, risk and land management considerations particular to a topic. … Continue Reading »

WRA Expands North Bay Presence with New Petaluma Office

WRA, Inc. is proud to announce that we are further expanding our geographic reach in the Bay Area with an office in Petaluma. WRA has opened the new office to offer more focused attention to our current and future clients in the North Bay and northernmost counties in the state, while also providing a local … Continue Reading »

The Foothill Yellow-legged Frog: Status Update and Steps for Compliance

By Brian Freiermuth, Wildlife Biologist Foothill Yellow-legged Frog Life History The foothill yellow-legged frog (FYLF), Rana boylii, is visually one of the more non-descript frogs in California, but it must gamble for survival.  Although FYLF breed in relatively calm parts of streams, these areas are prone to scour from large late-season rains,  or dry out … Continue Reading »

WRA Salt Marsh Harvest Mouse Expert to Present at the 2018 Bay-Delta Science Conference

Members of WRA’s wildlife and fisheries team including Daniel Chase, Katie Smith, and Stewart Desmeules will attend the Bay-Delta Science Conference being held September 10-12, 2018 in Sacramento. This year’s event will convene a community of scientists, practitioners, resource agency staff, and other stakeholders working on Bay-Delta issues through a theme of “Our Estuary at … Continue Reading »

WRA Welcomes Salt Marsh Harvest Mouse Expert Katie Smith

Katie Smith, a leading expert in the salt marsh harvest mouse (SMHM), joins WRA, Inc. as a wildlife biologist. “We are thrilled to have Katie join our team and share her expertise in endangered species ecology, especially her expertise with the salt marsh harvest mouse and its critical habitat, to assist our clients with projects … Continue Reading »