Migratory Bird Treaty Act Uncertainty Continues, Yet Status Quo Remains for California

By Jason Yakich and Patricia Valcarcel. There are two pending updates in relation to the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) and regulation of incidental take (unintentional capture or killing) of birds protected under the MBTA. Although these potential revisions may be contributing to uncertainty about protections elsewhere in the United States, California’s codes protecting … Continue Reading »

Sr. Geomorphologist, Virginia Mahacek to Present at 2020 River Restoration Northwest Symposium

WRA is a proud sponsor of the 2020 River Restoration Northwest annual Stream Restoration Symposium on February 3rd-7th in Stevenson, Washington. Virginia Mahacek, WRA Senior Geomorphologist and long time RRNW member (and past Board of Directors President) will be presenting a talk titled “Opportunities from the Ashes: Pursuing Multiple Benefit Community and Landscape Resilience to … Continue Reading »

Navigating Changes to Federal WOTUS Policy

By Justin Semion, WRA, Inc., Director of Technical Services On January 23, 2020, the Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) finalized the long-anticipated Navigable Waters Protection Rule that defines “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) and clarifies the limits of federal jurisdiction over wetlands, streams, and ditches under the Clean … Continue Reading »

WRA Wildlife Experts to Present at 2020 California and Nevada Amphibian Populations Task Force Meeting

Two wildlife experts from WRA will present research at the 2020 California and Nevada Amphibian Populations Task Force Meeting in San Diego, CA on January 9-10. WRA Senior Wildlife Biologist, Rob Schell, will present his paper: Environmental DNA (eDNA) Sampling as a Method to Detect Rare or Elusive Aquatic Herpetofauna: Two Case Studies. In this … Continue Reading »

WRA Botanists to Exhibit at 2020 Northern California Botanists Symposium

WRA is a proud sponsor of the 2020 Northern California Botanists Symposium, January 13-14 in Chico. This year’s theme is “The Diversity of Northern California Botany: Challenges and Opportunities”. WRA botanists Aaron Arthur and Rhiannon Korhummel will attend and be on-hand between presentations at the WRA exhibitor table — please stop by and say hello … Continue Reading »