The 2019 CEQA Guideline Update and What It Means for You

By Rachael Carnes, Environmental Planner While the environmental permitting world is abuzz with talk of the ever-shifting “Waters of the U.S.” definition, the State of California recently released revised CEQA Guidelines, and they could have important implications for your project. The Natural Resources Agency adopted final text, which was approved by the Office of Administrative … Continue Reading »

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 »

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 »

Oak Knoll Groundbreaking September 12, 2018

  On September 12, 2018, the Oak Knoll development project broke ground after nearly decades of planning. WRA’s Amanda McCarthy, Kari Dupler, and Susie Bennett attended the event as guests alongside our client SunCal, government officials including Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and Oakland City Council President Larry Reid, and local community leaders. The site, formerly … Continue Reading »

WLA/WRA Blog Series: Part Eight – Final Thoughts Now Available

The Western Landowners Alliance and WRA have partnered up on a blog series focused on how landowners can leverage the opportunities offered by conservation finance to further both conservation and economic goals. Each blog will provide an understanding of key concepts, market players and trends, and financial, risk and land management considerations particular to a topic. … Continue Reading »

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 »

WRA Welcomes Salt Marsh Harvest Mouse Expert Katie Smith

Katie Smith, a leading expert in the salt marsh harvest mouse (SMHM), joins WRA, Inc. as a wildlife biologist. “We are thrilled to have Katie join our team and share her expertise in endangered species ecology, especially her expertise with the salt marsh harvest mouse and its critical habitat, to assist our clients with projects … Continue Reading »

The River to Recovery: Fisheries Monitoring on the Napa River

The Napa County Resource Conservation District (RCD) has been operating the Napa River Rotary Screw Trap for nearly a decade. This collection device monitors fish populations in the Napa River Watershed, with particular focus on steelhead and Chinook salmon. Learn more about our collaboration with the RCD in our latest video story!   Additional Resources … Continue Reading »

WRA Participates in NAHB ESA Practitioner Panel

Through WRA’s involvement in the California Building Industry Association, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) invited Amanda McCarthy, PhD PWS, to join a panel of practitioners and to speak about WRA’s experiences working with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) for consultation on impacts to listed species under the Federal Endangered Species … Continue Reading »

Silicon Valley Clean Water Project Wins AEP 2018 Outstanding Environmental Analysis Award

The Association of Environmental Professionals (AEP) held their annual conference in Palm Springs March 25-28, 2018 in Rancho Mirage, California. The Silicon Valley Clean Water Wastewater Conveyance System and Treatment Plant Reliability Improvement Project Environmental Impact Report (EIR) was recognized with AEP’s top honor – the Outstanding Environmental Analysis Award. WRA wishes to congratulate our … Continue Reading »