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 »

California Water Use Ordinance Mandates New Approaches for Landscape Construction Projects

by Isaac Swanson and Ingrid Morken California’s water use regulations are complex and often times difficult to navigate for compliance depending on the project type. According to to the California Water Boards, “our changing climate requires Californians to use water more wisely … small changes make a big impact.” The Model Efficient Landscape Ordinance (MWELO) requires … Continue Reading »

New Research: Implications for Marsh Restoration in the Northern Gulf of Mexico

WRA’s Katie Fedeli is co-author of a recently published study focused on habitat restoration and recovery efforts in northern Gulf of Mexico following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The article, “Recovery of Salt Marsh Invertebrates Following Habitat Restoration: Implications for Marsh Restoration in the Northern Gulf of Mexico” was a collaboration by Industrial Economics, Inc., … 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 »

WRA Expands North Bay Presence with New Petaluma Office

WRA, Inc. is proud to announce that we are further expanding our geographic reach in the Bay Area with an office in Petaluma. WRA has opened the new office to offer more focused attention to our current and future clients in the North Bay and northernmost counties in the state, while also providing a local … 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 Salt Marsh Harvest Mouse Expert to Present at the 2018 Bay-Delta Science Conference

Members of WRA’s wildlife and fisheries team including Daniel Chase, Katie Smith, and Stewart Desmeules will attend the Bay-Delta Science Conference being held September 10-12, 2018 in Sacramento. This year’s event will convene a community of scientists, practitioners, resource agency staff, and other stakeholders working on Bay-Delta issues through a theme of “Our Estuary at … Continue Reading »

New Research Article: Sea Level Rise and Impacts to Tidal Marsh Habitat and Species

WRA’s Jordan Rosencranz, former Southwest Climate Science Center (SWCSC) fellow and research ecologist with the Western Ecological Research Center, United States Geological Survey, is lead author of a new research publication on sea level rise and impacts to tidal marsh habitat and species in southern California. The research, titled “Sea-level rise, habitat loss, and potential … 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 »

Federal Agencies Propose Major Changes to the Endangered Species Act

On July 19, 2018, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries (collectively, Agencies) announced proposed revisions to Endangered Species Act (ESA) regulations. The proposed changes have the potential to affect ESA permit timelines, delisting of species, designation of Critical Habitat, and whether species listed as threatened in the … Continue Reading »