The Benefits of Public-Private Collaboration for Land Preservation

The Tri-Valley area in Alameda County is a vibrant Bay Area suburb that encompasses the cities of Dublin, Livermore, and Pleasanton. The region, marked by rolling hills and sprawling residential developments, is experiencing rapid growth. The area’s open spaces and grazing lands support sensitive species and habitats, including federal and state-listed species, but currently lacks … Continue Reading »

2018 ACES Conference Features WRA Conservation Finance Expertise

Members of WRA’s conservation strategies team including Matt Richmond and Jane Rice will attend the 2018 ACES: A Community on Ecosystem Services conference December 3-6, 2018 in Washington, D.C. This year’s event will convene an international community of professionals, researchers, and policy experts in an open forum to share experiences, methods, and tools for assessing … Continue Reading »

Spring Environmental Checklist

RARE PLANT SURVEY Conducting a full season of rare plant surveys before designing your project can help you avoid last-minute redesigns and costly project delays. The first step is conducting a habitat assessment to determine whether rare plants have potential to occur on your site and whether surveys are needed. Because different rare plants bloom … Continue Reading »

Ecosystem Renewal, The Earth Partners, WRA, CIM successfully partner on Texas mitigation banks

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 27, 2017 Harris County, Texas: Over the past year, Ecosystem Renewal (ER) and The Earth Partners (TEP) have successfully partnered to develop large-scale wetland mitigation solutions for the rapidly growing greater Houston area. They permitted and constructed one of the largest wetland banks in Texas slated to provide over 5,000 freshwater and … Continue Reading »

Endangered Species Habitat Expanded in Marin

The Creekside Marsh near Hal Brown Park is home to the endangered salt marsh harvest mouse, California Ridgway’s rail, and many other tidal marsh species.  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers filled this marsh and many other tidal wetlands in the watershed with dredge spoils in the late 1960’s when the earthen channel for the … Continue Reading »

WRA Hosts Colorado Ecosystem Services Partnership Event on Strategic Land Conservation in the West

WRA hosted a Colorado Ecosystem Services Partnership (CESP) event on February 23, 2017 at the Colorado State Land Board. More than 20 attendees braved a winter storm and came from as far as San Diego, California to attend three presentations focused on “Strategic Land Conservation in the West.” Program and Presenters Erik Glenn, Executive Director … Continue Reading »

Colorado Ecosystem Services Partnership Event

WRA, Inc. and the Colorado State Land Board host an upcoming Colorado Ecosystem Services Partnership (CESP) event scheduled for February 23, 2017 in Denver. The theme of the event is “Strategic Land Conservation in the West.” Speakers include Erik Glenn, Executive Director of Colorado Cattleman’s Agricultural Land Trust and Kelly Bennett, Managing Partner of Ponderosa … Continue Reading »

Callippe Preserve Recognized for Continued Environmental Stewardship

    One of WRA’s legacy projects, the Callippe Golf Course and Preserve in Pleasanton, California, has again been recognized for environmental stewardship. The property has retained a status as a “Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary” since 2006 as authorized through a program of Audubon International. Read a recent press release here. Starting in 1999, WRA … Continue Reading »

Legal Implications for Future Mitigation Banking Instruments

Dr. Ben Guillon, Chief Investment Officer for WRA, Inc., was retained by the U.S. Department of Justice (U.S. DOJ) to serve as an expert witness in the case “Pioneer Reserve, LLC vs. the United States” before the United States Court of Federal Claims. This case is particularly important for the mitigation banking industry because the … Continue Reading »

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 »