Migratory Bird Treaty Act Uncertainty Continues, Yet Status Quo Remains for California

By Jason Yakich and Patricia Valcarcel. There are two pending updates in relation to the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) and regulation of incidental take (unintentional capture or killing) of birds protected under the MBTA. Although these potential revisions may be contributing to uncertainty about protections elsewhere in the United States, California’s codes protecting … Continue Reading »

Sr. Geomorphologist, Virginia Mahacek to Present at 2020 River Restoration Northwest Symposium

WRA is a proud sponsor of the 2020 River Restoration Northwest annual Stream Restoration Symposium on February 3rd-7th in Stevenson, Washington. Virginia Mahacek, WRA Senior Geomorphologist and long time RRNW member (and past Board of Directors President) will be presenting a talk titled “Opportunities from the Ashes: Pursuing Multiple Benefit Community and Landscape Resilience to … Continue Reading »

Navigating Changes to Federal WOTUS Policy

By Justin Semion, WRA, Inc., Director of Technical Services On January 23, 2020, the Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) finalized the long-anticipated Navigable Waters Protection Rule that defines “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) and clarifies the limits of federal jurisdiction over wetlands, streams, and ditches under the Clean … Continue Reading »

WRA Wildlife Experts to Present at 2020 California and Nevada Amphibian Populations Task Force Meeting

Two wildlife experts from WRA will present research at the 2020 California and Nevada Amphibian Populations Task Force Meeting in San Diego, CA on January 9-10. WRA Senior Wildlife Biologist, Rob Schell, will present his paper: Environmental DNA (eDNA) Sampling as a Method to Detect Rare or Elusive Aquatic Herpetofauna: Two Case Studies. In this … Continue Reading »

Bianca McCarron, VP, Finance Joins WRA

WRA, Inc. is pleased to announce the addition of Bianca McCarron as Vice President, Finance. Bianca has nearly 15 years of financial and operational experience in both the consulting and construction sectors. Bianca has successfully led teams through ownership transitions, process improvement, and growth. “Bianca is a great asset for the team as she has … Continue Reading »

WRA Announces Addition of Virginia Mahacek, Senior Geomorphologist

WRA, Inc. is pleased to announce the addition of Virginia Mahacek, Senior Geomorphologist. With 27 years of experience, Virginia brings a suite of expertise and skills that align perfectly with WRA’s Vision and serve the company’s current client base as well as cultivate new connections. “I am really excited to have Virginia join our team … Continue Reading »

New Research Published on Wetland Rapid Assessment Method

WRA Senior Biologist Kari Dupler is lead author of a research paper recently published called “Rapid Assessment of Wetland Condition Reflects Amphibian Community Composition”.  Kentucky has lost over 80% of its wetlands, and because state-wide monitoring was historically minimal, this number is likely underestimated. The Kentucky Wetland Rapid Assessment Method (KY-WRAM) was developed by the Kentucky … Continue Reading »

Miles Gullingsrud, VP, Operations Joins WRA

WRA, Inc. is pleased to announce the addition of Miles Gullingsrud as Vice President, Operations. Miles has more than 15 years of experience leading critical operational support including project delivery, technology, people, and culture. With a professional background in administration, finance, and technology, Miles brings a blended experience of organizational process and operational delivery. “We … Continue Reading »

WRA Poster Presenter at Cal-IPC Symposium 2019

WRA is a proud sponsor of the 2019 California Invasive Plant Council’s annual Symposium on October 15-18 in Riverside. This year’s theme is Evolving Management Perspectives in a Changing World. WRA biologist Tyler Hanson was selected to present a poster at this year’s event titled “Measuring change in a changing world: the power of statistics … Continue Reading »