WRA’s GIS Team to Present at Esri User Conference in San Diego

Esri is the developer of ArcGIS, a mapping software used by private, government, natural resource, and utilities enterprises to asses and model geographical data essential to successful project management, problem solving, and execution. The annual Esri User Conference hosts approximately 16,000 attendees and brings together cross industry leaders from a breadth of fields interested in learning … 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 »

WRA Open for Environmental Consulting in San Diego

WRA is excited to announce the opening of our new San Diego office. San Diego is a natural fit for us.  We have worked on a broad range of important projects in the region for over 30 years, are very familiar with local regulations, and have excellent relationships with all of the local regulators.  For … Continue Reading »

How California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Permits Affect You

  Projects with environmental impacts in Califonia don’t happen without agency participation.  The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is the oldest wildlife conservation agency in the country and to this day is a linchpin in the protection of California wildlife.  If you have ever hunted or fished in California, you’ve received a CDFW recreational … Continue Reading »

When to Create a Mitigation Bank as a Permitting Asset: A Guide to Banking for Developers

Land development is a tricky business that juggles many moving pieces simultaneously.  One of those key pieces is compensatory environmental mitigation required under numerous state and federal laws.  Many developers know firsthand how much compensatory mitigation requirements can affect their project, especially in California.  More difficult still is getting regulatory agencies to agree with the … Continue Reading »

Hiding Among Us: Identifying a Non-Native Rush

By John Krapek Hiding Among Us is a WRA blog series in which we focus on the trickier side of botany – namely, identifying weedy plants that could have unfortunate implications for habitat restoration and, often, on meeting regulatory agency performance criteria for restoration sites and other projects with re-vegetation components.  In this post, we … Continue Reading »

How the CNPS Rare Plants List Affects CEQA Environmental Review

Many projects requiring CEQA review involve CNPS listed plants, which may have left you asking: What is CNPS, anyway? A consortium of scientists, botanists, and enthusiasts, the California Native Plants Society (CNPS) has a mission to accurately review and categorize the rarity of native plants in California.  The resulting list of sensitive plant species produced … Continue Reading »