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 »

WRA to Present Posters at the State of the Estuary Conference

  WRA’s experts have been invited to present posters at the 13th Biennial State of the San Francisco Estuary Conference being held October 10-11, 2017 in Oakland.  The posters will be on display throughout the conference and a special poster session reception is scheduled for Tuesday, October 10 at 5:00 pm. Posters The poster abstract program is … 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 Hired as Technical Advisor of Colorado Habitat Exchange

We are proud to announce that WRA, Inc. has been hired to serve as the technical advisor of the Colorado Habitat Exchange. The Exchange is an innovative market-based program for greater sage-grouse conservation in Colorado. The program is expected to be a triple win for landowners, industry and conservation. Landowners will be paid based on the … 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 »

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 »

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 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 »

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 »