WRA Hosts Colorado Biodiversity Markets Event

WRA recently hosted a Colorado Ecosystem Services Partnership (CESP) event on biodiversity markets in the state.  CESP exists to bring together individuals who are motivated to collaborate and share information on ecosystem service projects in the state.  The event, held at the Colorado State Land Board (SLB) office in Denver, attracted attendees from a variety … Continue Reading »

2016 NMBA D.C. Fly-In

Executive members of the National Mitigation Banking Association (NMBA) joined forces in their annual trip to Washington, D.C. in late March. NMBA members including WRA’s Chief Executive Officer Tim DeGraff and Chief Investment Officer Ben Guillon, who also serves as a Director at Large for the organization, converged on the nation’s capital to continue their bi-partisan approach … Continue Reading »

WRA Waterfront Expert Joins Port of San Francisco Resilience Advisory Team

Justin Semion, WRA Principal and one of the company’s foremost waterfront experts, is a member of the Port of San Francisco’s newly formed Waterfront Plan Resilience Advisory Team. Waterfront Plan The Port’s Waterfront Plan Working Group is assisted by seven advisory teams to address these needs and recommend updates to the Waterfront Plan. The Port … Continue Reading »

impactDeals Features WRA Conservation Finance Expertise

round table on model conservation finance transactions at the impactDeals Forum in Washington, DC. He presented some of the company’s recent success in complex transactions and asset management strategies. Ben sits on a steering committee that organized the event, hosted by i2Capital. The forum brought together more than 120 investors, finance experts, and thought leaders from a diverse range … Continue Reading »

Presidential Memorandum Issues Support for Mitigation Banking and New Policy Guidelines

President Obama recently released a Presidential Memorandum supporting private investment in natural resource conservation and restoration. Mitigation and conservation banking, in particular, were lauded as the environmentally superior and preferred approach to natural resource impact mitigation. Current studies suggest that private sector investment in compensatory mitigation is currently $1.3 – $4 billion dollars with 40% … 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 »

Maintenance Plan Key to Avoid Stormwater to Wetland Conversion

by Megan Stromberg Stormwater treatment facilities are not jurisdictional wetlands; however, stormwater to wetland conversion can occur if they are not maintained according to an approved management plan.  As long as they are maintained according to the plan, and drainage functions as designed, they remain non-jurisdictional. Impacts of Latest Stormwater Regulations Increasingly, developers, land owners, and facility … 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 »

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 »

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 »