The Foothill Yellow-legged Frog: Status Update and Steps for Compliance

By Brian Freiermuth, Wildlife Biologist Foothill Yellow-legged Frog Life History The foothill yellow-legged frog (FYLF), Rana boylii, is visually one of the more non-descript frogs in California, but it must gamble for survival.  Although FYLF breed in relatively calm parts of streams, these areas are prone to scour from large late-season rains,  or dry out … 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 »

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 »

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the Central Marin Ferry Connection Bridge

On May 20, 2016, the Transportation Authority of Marin (TAM) and supporting partner agencies celebrated with Marin community members at the opening of the Central Marin Ferry Connection Multi-Use Pathway over Sir Francis Drake Boulevard in Larkspur. The new bridge provides a safe and convenient bicycle and pedestrian connection from San Rafael through the Cal Park Hill … Continue Reading »

WRA Fisheries Expert to Present at American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting

The Western Division of the American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting is being held this year in Reno, Nevada.   The theme of the 41st annual meeting hosted by the California-Nevada Chapter is: Fisheries, Society, and the Scientific Method – Challenging Our Perception of Science, Policy, and Management.  The conference focus will be on using the scientific method to find answers … Continue Reading »

Special Status Updates for Two Emblematic California Species

by Jason Yakich WRA’s wildlife team has been tracking recent legal changes related to two species of conservation concern in California – the tricolored blackbird and monarch butterfly.  The following is a summary of the proposed changes and potential implications of these regulatory updates. Tricolored Blackbird Overview The tricolored blackbird (Agelaius tricolor) is virtually endemic … Continue Reading »

Revised USFWS Survey Guidelines for Listed Large Branchiopods

By Rob Schell The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) Recovery Plans list actions that will assist in the recovery of listed vernal pool branchiopods, including a variety of listed fairy shrimp and vernal pool tadpole shrimp species. These plans include separate actions to develop survey guidelines and to conduct directed species status surveys or … Continue Reading »

WRA Fish Salvage Summary Report 2012-2014

By Daniel Chase, WRA Wildlife and Fisheries Biologist   Fish rescue and relocation, frequently referred to as fish salvage, can be an integral component of in-stream or in-water projects. When sensitive fish species are present at a project site and dewatering is necessary, fish rescue and relocation is typically required as a permit condition for … 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 »