Brian Bartell, RLA

Senior Restoration Designer


Brian Bartell is a senior restoration designer and implementation specialist with WRA, Inc. He received his Bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture from West Virginia University, where he developed an affinity for the ecological restoration field.  Brian brings 25 years of restoration planning, design, and construction oversight experience for stream, wetland riparian and specialized habitat projects. His capability encompasses the restoration of stream, wetland and wildlife habitat projects for a variety of public agency and private clients, and spans all stages of project development including project assessment, restoration design, site selection, permitting, construction oversight and post construction maintenance oversight.

With a long history of design/build experience, Brian has an integral appreciation of the complexities of environmental restoration projects.  He understands that it often requires more than a set of plans to make a project a reality, and knows how to work with landowners, contractors, project sponsors and agency representatives to meet or exceed project expectations.  Understanding that ecological restoration projects should work at the landscape level, Brian works to fully integrate all projects with the surrounding environment to maximize ecological uplift.


Less is More: Using Sustainability as a Tool for Innovation in Stream Restoration Design and Construction. Mid-Atlantic Stream Restoration Conference, Baltimore, MD 2015.

Overcoming Hurdles in Headwater Restoration – Plumtree Run Case Study. Mid-Atlantic Stream Restoration Conference, Baltimore, MD 2015.

The Carbon Consideration – What Role Does Atmospheric Carbon Play in Stream Restoration Decision-Making, and How Much Should It? Mid-Atlantic Stream Restoration Conference, Baltimore, MD 2013.

Bartell, B. (2012 July/August) Wetlands Return to Ranarium Farm. Land and Water. 13 – 17.

Restoration of Zero and First Order Low Gradient Coastal Plain Streams. (Poster Abstract). Mid-Atlantic Stream Restoration Conference, Morgantown, WV 2009.


Petersen Ranch Wetland Mitigation Bank, Los Angeles County, California

Soquel Canyon Mitigation Bank, Chino Hills, California

Butte Creek Mitigation Bank, Colusa, California

Macerich/Contra Costa Resource Conservation District, Macy’s Walnut Creek Southern Expansion, Walnut Creek/Concord, California

Coyote Creek Watershed Stream, Wetland and Habitat Mitigation Projects, San Jose, California

Sulphur Creek Mitigation Geomorphology Monitoring, Hayward, California

Elsie Gridley Channel Restoration Assessment, Dixon, California


BS, Landscape Architecture, West Virginia University. 1991.

Related Course Work

GPS Pathfinder Office Training, Earth Vector Systems. 2009.

River Restoration Design Implementation, Wildland Hydrology. 2005.

River Assessment and Monitoring, Pilot View. 2003.

Natural Channel Design & River Restoration, Wildland Hydrology. 2003.

Dale Carnegie Training, Dale Carnegie & Associates, Inc. 2002.

River Morphology and Applications, Wildland Hydrology. 2002.

Applied Fluvial Geomorphology, Wildland Hydrology. 2001.

Developing the Urban Forest, University of Maryland. 1997.

Riparian Habitat Restoration for the Arid Southwest, Wetland Training Institute, 2017.


California Licensed Landscape Architect, #6050

Maryland Licensed Landscape Architect, #3085