WRA GIS Expert Elected to URISA’s GISCorps Core Committee

WRA’s Chris Zumwalt, GISP was recently elected to serve on the Core Committee of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association’s (URISA) GISCorps. The Core Committee is a group of nine members that run the GISCorps through a purely volunteer effort outside of their daily domestic and work responsibilities.  Chris has been a volunteer and … Continue Reading »

TWS-WS Environmental DNA Workshop

The Wildlife Society – Western Section is hosting a three-day workshop July 29-31, 2019 on the fundamentals and practical uses for environmental DNA (eDNA). The workshop will be co-led by Genidaqs Laboratory, leaders in the application and development of eDNA, and WRA wildlife and fisheries experts, Rob Schell and Dan Chase. Attendees will learn about … Continue Reading »

WRA Speaker Joins AEP Wetland Permitting Workshop

On April 23, 2019, The Association of Environmental Professionals (AEP) San Francisco Bay Area Chapter will host a workshop on permitting strategies for projects impacting wetlands. Featured speakers Scott Birkey, partner at Cox, Castle & Nicholson and Dr. Amanda McCarthy, principal at WRA, Inc. will explore recent legal and regulatory updates at federal and state … Continue Reading »

WRA Experts Presenting Restoration Topics at SERCAL 2019

WRA is a proud sponsor of the 2019 SERCAL Conference April 10-12, 2019 in Santa Barbara! This year’s theme is Beyond Recovery: Restoration for the Future, and the event is focused on collective restoration expertise and efforts that work toward resiliency and ecosystem recovery for current and future generations. Kari Dupler is chair for the … Continue Reading »

WRA’s San Diego Office Has Moved!

The San Diego office of WRA, Inc. has relocated to a new space near Balboa Park. The move allows the team to be more centralized to clients near the city’s center while shortening the commute for nearly all team members.   “We are really excited about our new location and ability to better serve our … Continue Reading »

Spring is here and so are the nesting birds: What does it mean for your project?

by Jason Yakich and Patricia Valcarcel, Wildlife Biologists; photo credits Patricia Valcarcel Changes to interpretations of long-standing protections to birds and their nests has caused confusion for project planning and compliance. We outline the difference between federal and state regulations, current interpretations of these regulations, and what it may mean for your project.  On December … Continue Reading »

Michael Nieto Joins WRA as San Diego Office Director

WRA, Inc. is pleased to announce the addition of Michael Nieto as San Diego Office Director. Mike brings more than 16 years of experience in environmental consulting and natural resources management throughout southern California. “I am really excited to have Mike join the WRA family,” said Geoff Smick, WRA Chief Executive Officer. “His technical and … Continue Reading »

WRA Wildlife Experts Present at 2019 TWS-WS Annual Meeting

Members of WRA’s wildlife team are headed to Fish Camp, California near the border of Yosemite National Park February 4-8, 2019 to attend The Wildlife Society – Western Section Annual Meeting. This year’s gathering will explore themes of “Death And Taxas: Extinction and Speciation During the Anthropocene.” Patricia Valcarcel will present on a range-wide habitat suitability model created for the flat-tailed horned lizard (Phrynosoma mcallii). Katie Smith, … 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 »

Registration Open for Wetland Delineation Training 2019

WRA’s wetland delineation experts Tanner Harris and Aaron Arthur will co-lead a 40-hour basic wetland delineation training at San Francisco State University’s Estuary and Ocean Science (EOS) Center in Tiburon, CA on March 25-29, 2019.   This training, provided in joint collaboration with the San Francisco Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) and the EOS … Continue Reading »