WRA Celebrates International Women’s Day 2022

Women comprise 51% of WRA’s staff and are vital contributors to the work we do as a company. WRA appreciates the leadership and contributions of our team! International Women’s Day is Tuesday, March 8th, 2022. This year’s theme is #BreakTheBias.  “The most important thing one woman can do for another is expand her sense of … Continue Reading »

WRA Congratulates 2022 Staff Promotions

We are honored to announce our recent leadership and staff promotions! Congratulations to the individuals for their achievements. Thank you for your contributions and we look forward to celebrating your future success at WRA! Leadership Promotion Please join us in congratulating Hope Kingma for her promotion to Biology & Regulatory Permitting Director! Hope joined WRA in … Continue Reading »

WRA, Inc. Welcomes Lisa Hulette, Resiliency Policy and Funding Director

WRA, Inc. is pleased to welcome Lisa Hulette as Resiliency Policy and Funding Director. Ms. Hulette has led teams and coalitions that have successfully secured over $220 million in grant funds for natural hazard mitigation and resource conservation projects in California. She brings new grant writing and funding support services to WRA’s resilience planning, design, … Continue Reading »

WRA Congratulates New Principals and 2021 Staff Promotions

WRA, Inc. is excited to announce our new principals and recent staff promotions! New Principals Please join us in congratulating Matt Richmond and Leslie Allen, two existing shareholders, on their  promotion to Principals.  Matt has 21 years of experience, nearly half of those years tenured with WRA. He launched WRA’s Petaluma office in 2018 and … Continue Reading »

Mitigation Banking at Ridge Top Ranch Provides Habitat for Endangered Frogs and Butterflies

By: Ariella Simke, Freelance Science Writer and Geoff Smick, Chief Executive Officer High in the golden hills of southern Solano County, California red-legged frogs (Rana draytonii) hop through the network of restored ponds scattered around the expansive Ridge Top Ranch Wildlife Conservation Bank property. The ponds act as a wildlife corridor, constructed to allow the … Continue Reading »

WRA, Inc. Welcomes Jennifer Hyman, Restoration Engineering Director

WRA, Inc. is pleased to welcome Jenn Hyman, PE, LEED AP, ENV SP as Restoration Engineering Director. With more than 28 years of experience, Ms. Hyman is a licensed civil engineer providing planning, design, and construction management services to support restoration and water infrastructure projects throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Ms. Hyman’s leadership of … Continue Reading »

WRA Adds 14 New Shareholders in 2021

WRA is excited to announce the addition of new company shareholders in 2021: Brian Freiermuth, Sundaran Gillespie, Miles Gullingsrud, Ellie Knecht, Peter Kobylarz, Virginia Mahacek, Bianca McCarron, Karen Morfin, Ingrid Morken, Russell Prange, Michael Rochelle, Andrew Smith, Kirk Uhrlaub, and Chris Zumwalt.  WRA is a private entity (S-Corporation) and proud of our legacy as an … Continue Reading »

WRA Celebrates International Women’s Day 2021

Women comprise a large part of WRA’s staff and are vital contributors to the work we do as a company. WRA appreciates the leadership and contributions of our team! International Women’s Day is Monday, March 8th, 2021. This year’s theme is #ChoosetoChallenge, with an emphasis on ‘from challenge comes change’ and choosing challenge.  “Women challenge … Continue Reading »

California Regulatory Agencies Propose Updates to Bank Enabling Instrument Template

By Andrew Cawley, Mitigation Banking Specialist This month, the California Project Delivery Team (PDT), the interagency group which oversees statewide mitigation and conservation banking programs, is concluding the public comment period for the updated Bank Enabling Instrument (BEI) template. The BEI template is a document that outlines procedures for establishing mitigation and conservation banks within … Continue Reading »

Migratory Bird Treaty Act May No Longer Prohibit Incidental Take, But Don’t Forget State Regulations

By Patricia Valcarcel, Senior Biologist A final rule was published in the Federal Register on January 7, 2021, clearly stating there is no prohibition of incidental take (unintentional capture or killing) of birds under the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA). This rule is a final decision after several years of uncertainty regarding federal protections … Continue Reading »