Pathogen Poses Threat to Habitat Restoration and Open Space Projects in California

By Isaac Swanson, Tanner Harris, and Kari Dupler Phytophthora is a water-borne fungus transmitted through contact with infected soil, water, or leaves. Some Phytophthora species are relatively innocuous, but others–like Phytophthora ramorum, the cause of Sudden Oak Death–can be deadly to woody shrubs and trees and even to some grass and marsh species native to … 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 »

WRA Botanists Lead Serpentine Ecology Workshop at LandPaths’ Bohemia Ecological Preserve

On May 6, 2016, WRA Botanist Tanner Harris and former WRA Botanist Aaron Arthur led a serpentine ecology workshop at the 1,000-acre Bohemia Ecological Preserve located near Occidental, California.  Due to their unique physical and chemical properties, serpentine soils are known to harbor unique floras often with a number of rare and endangered plants.  Bohemia … Continue Reading »

WRA’s GIS Analysis Featured in Latest BayGeo Journal

WRA’s GIS work is featured in the latest BayGeo Journal in an article titled “Sea Level Rise and Resilient Design in Tidal Marsh Restoration Projects”. In the Fall edition of this biannual publication for San Francisco Bay Area geospatial community, the article details how innovative GIS analysis can support resilient design for restoration projects that need to anticipate and accommodate affects of climate change, such as sea … Continue Reading »

Land and Water Magazine Features WRA’s Restoration Design at Breuner Marsh

Land and Water Magazine, a natural resources and restoration publication, features WRA’s innovative restoration design for Breuner Marsh in their November/December 2015 edition. The article, titled “Tidal Marsh and Seasonal Wetland Restoration on the San Francisco Bay Margin” highlights the East Bay Regional Park District’s Breuner Marsh Restoration project. This project which was recognized as an outstanding … Continue Reading »

Breuner Marsh Recognized with Top Honor at the 2015 San Francisco Estuary Conference

WRA congratulates the East Bay Regional Park District for the Breuner Marsh Restoration and Public Access Project, one of six outstanding environmental projects honored at the 12th biennial State of the Estuary Conference on September 18, 2015. District Board members Diane Burgis and John Sutter accepted the award. Breuner Marsh was recognized for its outstanding environmental benefits to … Continue Reading »

WRA Stream Restoration Expert to Present at the Mid-Atlantic Conference

WRA’s stream restoration expert, Brian Bartell, will be part of a workshop panel on sustainability and presenting a case study about headwater restoration at the Mid-Atlantic Stream Restoration Conference being held September 23-25, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. Brian will participate as one of four expert panelists on the conference’s workshop #3 on Wednesday, September 23rd.  … Continue Reading »

Breuner Marsh Resilient Design Featured at State Climate Change Symposim

WRA’s work on the Breuner Marsh Restoration and Public Access Project will be featured as part of the California Climate Change Symposium in Sacramento August 24-25, 2015. One of the first restoration projects in the San Francisco Bay Area that anticipates and accommodates rising sea levels due to climate change, Breuner Marsh is a case study for resilient design of a new … Continue Reading »

Nesting Observed on Yosemite Slough Bird Island

by Giselle Goulette Working with the California State Parks Foundation, WRA designed a nesting bird island that was incorporated in the restoration of Yosemite Slough, a major wetlands restoration and park development project in southeastern San Francisco.  For the first time since the project’s first phase of restoration was completed in 2012, local shorebirds are using … Continue Reading »

Species Translocation Optimizes Conservation Bank Value at Ridge Top Ranch

A recent article published in National Mitigation Banking Association’s Winter 2015 newsletter focuses on the success of federally-protected species translocation at Ridge Top Ranch Wildlife Conservation Bank.  The results, in combination with available credits to mitigate future impacts, provide an opportunity to bolster financial value for conservation banks and increase the potential return for investors … Continue Reading »