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 »

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging at WRA

By Pema Lin, Vice President of People Operations My name is Pema Lin, and I’m the Vice President of People Operations at WRA. People Operations is just a fancy way of saying that I think deeply about the intersection of humanity and how we work to achieve great things.  Since I started at WRA, I’ve … 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 »

Pema Lin, VP, People Operations Joins WRA

WRA, Inc. is pleased to announce the addition of Pema Lin as Vice President, People Operations. Pema has more than 15 years of experience in recruiting and human resources (HR) across a variety of industries. “I am happy to have Pema join our team,” said Geoff Smick, WRA Chief Executive Officer. “Not only is she … Continue Reading »

Steelhead Migration Restored in a Napa River Tributary with Removal of a Century-old Dam

A Look at the Upper York Creek Ecosystem and Aquatic Habitat Restoration Project By Erik Schmidt, Regulatory Permitting Specialist, WRA, Inc. Since 1997, the handful of steelhead hanging on in York Creek, part of a larger Central California Coast population group, have been federally listed as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act. The National Marine … Continue Reading »

NMEBC 2020 Goes Virtual!

WRA is a proud sponsor of the 2020 National Mitigation and Ecosystem Banking Conference (NMEBC). NMEBC Virtual will be held on August 17-19, with pre and post extended content and engagement. Entering its 23rd year, NMEBC is committed to advancing and protecting the environment in a financially sustainable way. This annual event connects mitigation providers, … Continue Reading »

2019 WOTUS Rule Implemented Except in Colorado

By Myla Ablog, WRA, Inc., Aquatic Resources Permitting Specialist On June 22, 2020, the Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) implemented the new Navigable Waters Protection Rule (2019 Rule) that defines “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) in all states except Colorado where a federal judge stayed the implementation. This is an … Continue Reading »

The Foothill Yellow-legged Frog: Status Update and Steps for Compliance

Updated June 11, 2020 (originally published September 13, 2018) 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 … Continue Reading »