USFWS Proposes Foothill Yellow-legged Frog for Listing Under the Federal Endangered Species Act

By Brian Freiermuth, WRA ‌Senior Wildlife Biologist and Project Manager On December 28, 2021, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) announced through the Federal Register that it is proposing to list 4 of 6 defined Distinct Population Segments (DPSs) of Foothill Yellow-legged Frog (FYLF; Rana boylii) under the Federal Endangered Species Act (ESA). The … Continue Reading »

New CEQA Statutory Exemption for Habitat Restoration Projects

By Erik Schmidt, Regulatory Specialist Law Provides for Initial 3-year Period with CDFW Oversight California continues to break new ground in efforts to accelerate critical habitat and ecosystem restoration projects with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Statutory Exemption for Restoration Projects (SERP). The exemption is a key part of the California Natural Resources Agency’s … Continue Reading »

What Is “Blue Carbon”?

By Liz Allen Giant kelp (Macrocystis pyrifera) in Monterey, CA. By now, the concept of planting trees to offset carbon emissions is familiar to most. Through photosynthesis, trees absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere to form the sugars they need to grow, offsetting the carbon dioxide pollution in the air. The same concept applies to … Continue Reading »

California Regulatory Agencies Propose Updates to Bank Enabling Instrument Template

By Andrew Cawley, Mitigation Banking Specialist This month, the California Project Delivery Team (PDT), the interagency group which oversees statewide mitigation and conservation banking programs, is concluding the public comment period for the updated Bank Enabling Instrument (BEI) template. The BEI template is a document that outlines procedures for establishing mitigation and conservation banks within … Continue Reading »

[VIDEO] WRA Celebrates American Wetlands Month, 2020

A special video from WRA CEO, Geoff Smick, in honor of American Wetlands Month. WRA Celebrates American Wetlands Month, 2020 from WRA, Inc. on Vimeo. As part of our American Wetlands Month celebration, we put together a short video on the importance of wetlands, WRA’s history and vision for these critical ecosystems, and a few … Continue Reading »