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 »

The River to Recovery: Fisheries Monitoring on the Napa River

The Napa County Resource Conservation District (RCD) has been operating the Napa River Rotary Screw Trap for nearly a decade. This collection device monitors fish populations in the Napa River Watershed, with particular focus on steelhead and Chinook salmon. Learn more about our collaboration with the RCD in our latest video story!   Additional Resources … Continue Reading »

New Research Article: Sea Level Rise and Impacts to Tidal Marsh Habitat and Species

WRA’s Jordan Rosencranz, former Southwest Climate Science Center (SWCSC) fellow and research ecologist with the Western Ecological Research Center, United States Geological Survey, is lead author of a new research publication on sea level rise and impacts to tidal marsh habitat and species in southern California. The research, titled “Sea-level rise, habitat loss, and potential … Continue Reading »

WRA Participates in NAHB ESA Practitioner Panel

Through WRA’s involvement in the California Building Industry Association, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) invited Amanda McCarthy, PhD PWS, to join a panel of practitioners and to speak about WRA’s experiences working with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) for consultation on impacts to listed species under the Federal Endangered Species … Continue Reading »

Federal Agencies Propose Major Changes to the Endangered Species Act

On July 19, 2018, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries (collectively, Agencies) announced proposed revisions to Endangered Species Act (ESA) regulations. The proposed changes have the potential to affect ESA permit timelines, delisting of species, designation of Critical Habitat, and whether species listed as threatened in the … Continue Reading »