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 »

WLA/WRA Blog Series: Part Seven Water Rights for Restoration Now Available

The Western Landowners Alliance and WRA have partnered up on a blog series focused on how landowners can leverage the opportunities offered by conservation finance to further both conservation and economic goals. Each blog will provide an understanding of key concepts, market players and trends, and financial, risk and land management considerations particular to a topic. … 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 »

WRA Welcomes Salt Marsh Harvest Mouse Expert Katie Smith

Katie Smith, a leading expert in the salt marsh harvest mouse (SMHM), joins WRA, Inc. as a wildlife biologist. “We are thrilled to have Katie join our team and share her expertise in endangered species ecology, especially her expertise with the salt marsh harvest mouse and its critical habitat, to assist our clients with projects … Continue Reading »

The River to Recovery: Fisheries Monitoring on the Napa River

The Napa County Resource Conservation District (RCD) has been operating the Napa River Rotary Screw Trap for nearly a decade. This collection device monitors fish populations in the Napa River Watershed, with particular focus on steelhead and Chinook salmon. Learn more about our collaboration with the RCD in our latest video story!   Additional Resources … 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 »

San Rafael Sunset Criterium 2018

The family-friendly San Rafael Sunset Criterium cycling race will be held Saturday, July 28, 2018 along 4th Street in downtown San Rafael. One of the most common forms of American road bike racing, the criterium is a multi-lap race held on a closed course. These races are extremely fast and are accessible for spectators to … Continue Reading »

in·sight newsletter [Summer 2018]

The latest edition of WRA’s in·sight newsletter is out now. The Summer 2018 edition features exciting news and blog posts as recap of upcoming conferences and events. Click here to catch up on all our latest news!

UC Davis/WRA Research Poster Featured at the International Congress on the Biology of Fish

WRA’s Dan Chase will attend the International Congress on the Biology of Fish July 15-19, 2018 in Calgary, Alberta. A research poster on the genetic sequencing, distribution, and salinity tolerance for two invasive goby (Tridentiger) in the San Francisco Bay will be featured as a collaboration between the Todgham Lab from University of California, Davis and WRA. … Continue Reading »

Ben Snyder Joins WRA to Lead Engineering Service Line

Ben Snyder joins WRA, Inc. as Senior Water Resource Engineer and will direct WRA’s new engineering service line, providing a suite of engineering and design services for our clients. “We are extremely excited to have Ben on board, said Chief Executive Officer Tim DeGraff. “His expertise now gives WRA a fully integrated platform to bolster our … Continue Reading »

Silicon Valley Clean Water Project Wins AEP 2018 Outstanding Environmental Analysis Award

The Association of Environmental Professionals (AEP) held their annual conference in Palm Springs March 25-28, 2018 in Rancho Mirage, California. The Silicon Valley Clean Water Wastewater Conveyance System and Treatment Plant Reliability Improvement Project Environmental Impact Report (EIR) was recognized with AEP’s top honor – the Outstanding Environmental Analysis Award. WRA wishes to congratulate our … Continue Reading »

Federal and State Regulatory Agencies Approve Antonio Mountain Ranch Mitigation Bank

State, Federal Agencies to Protect Nearly 800 Acres to Offset Ecological Impacts   WRA is proud to announce another huge mitigation banking milestone. On June 6, 2018, regulatory agencies approved the final bank instrument for the nearly 800-acre Antonio Mountain Ranch Mitigation Bank in Placer County, California.  After working with the Interagency Review Team for nearly five … Continue Reading »

WRA Announces Addition of Permitting and Mitigation Expert Leslie Allen

Leslie Allen joins WRA, Inc. as a Senior Regulatory Permitting Specialist focusing on projects affecting streams, wetlands, and endangered species. With more than 20 years of experience and a passion for coastal and shoreline habitats, Leslie lends her expertise to clients to navigate an increasingly complex regulatory permitting process. “Leslie is a recognized leader in … Continue Reading »

USFWS Site Visit: Ridge Top Ranch Wildlife Conservation Bank

The Ridge Top Ranch Wildlife Conservation Bank is a 745-acre ranch located in Solano County, California. The property supports two federally listed wildlife species: California red-legged frog and Callippe silverspot butterfly. On April 11, 2018, bank sponsor Ridge Top Ranch LLC and staff from WRA, Inc. provided a tour of the property to 11 U.S. Fish … Continue Reading »

Tidewater Goby Workshop September 21-23, 2018

WRA’s Daniel Chase is among a panel of expert instructors for the upcoming Tidewater Goby Ecology & Management workshop September 21-23, 2018 at the Pt. Reyes National Seashore in Marin County, California. The event is co-hosted by the Cal/Neva Chapter of the American Fisheries Society and the Western Section of The Wildlife Society and will cover … Continue Reading »

Northern Mockingbird Article Featured in San Diego Audubon Society Newsletter

WRA’s Anna Prowant contributed an article to the Summer 2018 edition of San Diego Audubon Society’s newsletter Sketches. Her article, Creature Feature: The Northern Mockingbird, can be found on page 7 of the issue. Click here to read the full issue. Anna volunteers as an Educational Docent at the Anstine-Audubon Nature Preserve. Learn more about the chapter … Continue Reading »

Napa River Rotary Screw Trap Open House May 6

On Sunday May 6, 2018 the Napa County Resource Conservation District (RCD) will host an open house at the Napa River Rotary Screw Trap. For nearly a decade, the RCD has been using the rotary screw trap, a fish collection device, to monitor fish populations in the Napa River Watershed, with particular focus on steelhead … Continue Reading »

Panel Recap: BPC Shoreline Restoration and Resiliency Workshop

Through WRA’s involvement in the Bay Planning Coalition’s Sustainable Waterfronts Committee, WRA had the opportunity to participate in the Shoreline Restoration and Resiliency Workshop on April 17, 2018 hosted at the Port of San Francisco Commissioner’s Room in the Ferry Building. The perfect backdrop to such a workshop, San Francisco Bay is the center of much discussion … Continue Reading »

CNPS-SCV Wildflower Show April 28, 2018

The California Native Plant Society Santa Clara Valley (SCV) Chapter is hosting its 44th Annual Wildflower Show on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at West Valley College. Th is free event will feature hundreds of species of wildflowers and native plants, lectures, tours, demonstrations, and children’s activites. WRA’s Elan Alford, CNPS-SVC San Mateo Rare Plants Chair, will present Digging … Continue Reading »

Reptiles and Amphibians Workshop: Anstine-Audubon Nature Preserve

Join Anna Prowant, WRA biologist and Anstine-Audubon Nature Preserve Education Docent, on Saturday, April 21, 2018 11am-12pm for a Reptiles and Amphibians talk! Anna will discuss reptiles and amphibians of southern California. More information about the event is on the Preserve’s Facebook page. Details about the Preserve is available on their website.

Enviro-Business Career Fair April 23, 2018

WRA is excited to participate in the Enviro-Business Career Fair at San Diego State University April 23, 2018 from 1:30-4:30pm. Hosted by the Enviro-Business Society (e3), the event will take place in the Montezuma Hall, located within the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union.   WRA’s Amanda McCarthy and Anna Prowant will be at Table 25 to talk … Continue Reading »

Living With Water: Walk the Shoreline April 22, 2018

Hosted by the Studio for Urban Projects/Bionic Team for the Bay Area Resilient By Design Challenge, join WRA for this free Earth Day event Sunday April 22 11am-2pm! WRA’s Amanda McCarthy will among the speakers for this 2.5-mile shoreline walking tour. Starting at Pickleweed Park in San Rafael, participants will examine habitat restoration and sea level … Continue Reading »

Register for LandPaths/WRA Serpentine Ecology Workshop

WRA is excited to continue our partnership with LandPaths to lead a serpentine ecology workshop at the Bohemia Ecological Preserve in Sonoma County on April 27, 2018. Join WRA Botanist Aaron Arthur and Serpentine Ecologist Tanner Harris for an informative program including a 2-mile tour of the remote property while learning about the unique plants found … Continue Reading »

in·sight newsletter [Winter 2018]

The latest edition of WRA’s in·sight newsletter is out now. The Winter 2018 edition features exciting news and blog posts, a recap of upcoming conferences and events, and a link to our Spring Environmental Checklist! Click here to catch up on all our latest news!

Spring Environmental Checklist

RARE PLANT SURVEY Conducting a full season of rare plant surveys before designing your project can help you avoid last-minute redesigns and costly project delays. The first step is conducting a habitat assessment to determine whether rare plants have potential to occur on your site and whether surveys are needed. Because different rare plants bloom … Continue Reading »

New USGS Research Article: Coastal Wetlands Response to Sea Level Rise

WRA’s Jordan Rosencranz, former researcher with the U.S. Geological Survey, is co-author of a USGS-led study on coastal wetlands and sea-level rise. The article, “U.S. Pacific coastal wetland resilience and vulnerability to sea-level rise” was published in the Science Advances journal on February 21, 2018. Read the full article here. Additional Resources USGS: New USGS-Led Study Could Help … Continue Reading »

Expanding Opportunities for Environmental DNA Sampling

by Daniel Chase and Patricia Valcarcel The molecule that contains the genetic instructions for life, and is found in every species on the planet, is now opening new doors and providing a powerful tool for biologists and natural resource managers.  Deoxyribonucleic acid, more commonly known as DNA, is fundamental to life.  For decades, scientists have … Continue Reading »

Registration Open for Wetland Delineation Training 2018

WRA’s wetland delineation experts Tanner Harris and Aaron Arthur will lead a 40-hour comprehensive, hands-on introductory wetland delineation course March 19-23, 2018. More details and to register.

Endangered Coho Salmon Return to Redwood Creek

In January 2018, nearly 200 adult Coho salmon were released back into Redwood Creek in Marin County, California. This is the story of their unusual journey home.

WRA Fisheries Expert to Present at the American Fisheries Society Cal-Neva Annual Meeting

The Cal-Neva Chapter of the American Fisheries Society 52nd Annual Meeting will be held February 28-March 2 in San Luis Obispo. The theme of the meeting is “Outside the Bubble”. The conference, which brings together academics, scientists, regulators, and others dedicated to the fisheries community, will focus on the critical need to engage with those … Continue Reading »

WRA Featured in Landscape Architecture Magazine

WRA Principal George Salvaggio was recently interviewed by Landscape Architecture Magazine discussing how his team’s design practice integrates in to a multidisciplinary office. Read the full article here. 

Colorado Ecosystem Services Partnership Event Explores Carbon Sequestration

WRA will host the Colorado Ecosystem Services Partnership (CESP) event on December 4, 2017 at the Colorado State Land Board. The program will explore carbon sequestration in the state. Carbon crediting plays a vital role in mitigating global climate change and can also provide valuable revenue streams for private and public landowners. Tim Plass, will provide … Continue Reading »

WRA Eelgrass Expert to Present at CERF Conference

The Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation will hold its biennial conference November 5-9, 2017 in Providence, Rhode Island. CERF publishes a leading journal titled “Estuaries and Coasts” providing a platform for which scientists can share their work.  Scientists gather at the event to share research in progress and findings. WRA eelgrass expert, Gwen Santos, will … Continue Reading »

Environmental Law Conference Panel Features WRA ESA Expert

WRA’s Endangered Species Act (ESA) expert Ken Sanchez will join a panel at the 2017 Environmental Law Conference at Yosemite®. Session 27: Receding and Advancing Jurisdictional Boundaries and the Interplay Between Federal and State Wetlands and Species Regulations will take place Sunday, October 22nd at 11 a.m. The panel will provide a comprehensive overview of … Continue Reading »

WRA Supports 12th Annual ‘Moonlight on the Marsh’ Gala

WRA is proud to support the Friends of Ballona Wetlands as a sponsor of this year’s Moonlight on the Marsh gala. The event will be held Saturday, October 7, 2017 at the CenterPointe Club in Playa Vista. The non-profit’s mission is to champion the restoration and protection of the Ballona Wetlands, one of the last … Continue Reading »

Natural Areas Conference to Feature WRA’s Conservation Finance Expertise

The 44th annual Natural Areas Conference will be held in Fort Collins, Colorado October 10-12, 2017. This year’s conference focuses on collaboration as a key to natural areas management. WRA’s Denver-based conservation finance team, focused on innovative investment strategies for conservation projects in the U.S. and abroad, is honored to be part of this year’s … Continue Reading »

WRA to Present Posters at the State of the Estuary Conference

  WRA’s experts have been invited to present posters at the 13th Biennial State of the San Francisco Estuary Conference being held October 10-11, 2017 in Oakland.  The posters will be on display throughout the conference and a special poster session reception is scheduled for Tuesday, October 10 at 5:00 pm. Posters The poster abstract program is … Continue Reading »

WRA Sponsors Rivers & Lands Conservancy ‘Pride of Place’ Gala

            WRA, Inc. is a proud sponsor of the fourth annual Rivers & Lands Conservancy fundraiser. The Pride of Place in the Great Outdoors gala event will be held on Thursday, October 12, 2017 at the Crestmore Manor in Riverside, California. The Conservancy is a private nonprofit focused on conserving open … Continue Reading »

WRA Supports BionicTeam in Resilient by Design Bay Area Challenge

WRA, Inc. is honored to be part of the BionicTeam, a consortium of experts led by San Francisco-based landscape architecture and urban design firm Bionic, selected as one of the top 10 teams in the Resilient by Design Bay Area Challenge. The Challenge will form partnerships between the public and private sectors to develop community-based solutions … Continue Reading »

WRA to Co-Present at the 2017 Land Use Law Conference

WRA, Inc. is honored to be part of the 2017 Land Use Law conference, hosted by CLE International. On September 18-19 in San Francisco, developers, planners, regulators, and attorneys will gather to discuss critical topics facing California land use law and policy. WRA President Geoff Smick will co-present a session on Monday, September 18th from 1:45-2:45 pm … Continue Reading »

Ecosystem Renewal, The Earth Partners, WRA, CIM successfully partner on Texas mitigation banks

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 27, 2017 Harris County, Texas: Over the past year, Ecosystem Renewal (ER) and The Earth Partners (TEP) have successfully partnered to develop large-scale wetland mitigation solutions for the rapidly growing greater Houston area. They permitted and constructed one of the largest wetland banks in Texas slated to provide over 5,000 freshwater and … Continue Reading »

WRA Team Bike Challenge 2017

Congratulations to our WRA bike enthusiasts for another great showing in the 2017 Team Bike Challenge! Read more in the Marin County Bike Coalition blog post!

WRA is a Certified Small Business in Alameda County

WRA, Inc. is now certified as a Small Business with Alameda County’s Small, Local, Emerging Business (SLEB) Program! Services and Experience Our East Bay office team, located in Emeryville, offers a full suite of environmental consulting expertise including plant, wildlife, and wetland ecology; environmental planning; regulatory compliance and permitting; mitigation solutions; landscape architecture; and GIS. We are … Continue Reading »

Endangered Species Habitat Expanded in Marin

The Creekside Marsh near Hal Brown Park is home to the endangered salt marsh harvest mouse, California Ridgway’s rail, and many other tidal marsh species.  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers filled this marsh and many other tidal wetlands in the watershed with dredge spoils in the late 1960’s when the earthen channel for the … Continue Reading »

WRA Initiates the Development of a Carbon Co-op with Sempervirens Fund

WRA, Inc. is kicking off the development of a first of its kind forest carbon crediting program in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California. The program is being developed in partnership with Sempervirens Fund, California’s oldest land trust, and is funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. The program, formerly referred to as the … Continue Reading »

WRA Guest Column Featured in North Bay Biz Wine Issue

The March 2017 North Bay Biz magazine features WRA’s guest column on the increasing use of drones in the agricultural industry, especially for vineyards. WRA has supported the North Bay wine industry for several decades, from vineyard site selection, development, permitting, and maintenance. Recent advances in Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) technology, ‑aka drones‑now allows for substantial … Continue Reading »

WRA Hosts Colorado Ecosystem Services Partnership Event on Strategic Land Conservation in the West

WRA hosted a Colorado Ecosystem Services Partnership (CESP) event on February 23, 2017 at the Colorado State Land Board. More than 20 attendees braved a winter storm and came from as far as San Diego, California to attend three presentations focused on “Strategic Land Conservation in the West.” Program and Presenters Erik Glenn, Executive Director … Continue Reading »

2017 National Mitigation & Ecosystem Banking Conference

WRA is a proud sponsor of the 2017 National Mitigation and Ecosystem Banking Conference (NMEBC). Entering its 20th year, NMEBC is committed to advancing and protecting the environment in a financially sustainable way. This year’s event will take place May 9-12, 2017 in Sacramento. The program includes interactive sessions, panels, moderated forums and training opportunities. A … Continue Reading »

WRA Co-Sponsors Bank Tank® at NMEBC 2017

A platform to connect with investors at NMEBC 2017 In its second year at the National Mitigation and Ecosystem Banking Conference, Bank Tank® is a program that connects investors with environmentally sustainable projects and land opportunities. Whether you are seeking funding, own land with natural asset potential, or are looking to invest in sustainable opportunities, don’t miss … Continue Reading »

WRA to Moderate Land Conservation Mitigation Summit

WRA’s experts are attending the 2017 Land Conservation Conference, hosted by the California Council of Land Trusts. One the third day of the conference, WRA’s Ken Sanchez will moderate the Mitigation Summit scheduled for Thursday, March 9th. Panelists from regulatory, government, non-profits, and consultant sectors will cover a variety of topics including: Regional conservation investment … Continue Reading »

Registration Open for Wetland Delineation Training 2017

WRA’s wetland delineation experts Amanda McCarthy, Tanner Harris, and Aaron Arthur will co-lead a 5-day basic wetland delineation training at the Romberg Tiburon Center (RTC) for Environmental Studies March 20-24, 2017. This training, provided in joint collaboration with the San Francisco Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) and RTC, will focus on procedures used to … Continue Reading »

Corps Issues Nationwide Permits for 2017

One of the most used authorizations for work in “waters of the United States” is the Nationwide Permit (NWP) under the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) Regulatory Program. Over 60,000 NWPs are authorized each year by the Corps with more than 700 in California alone. These authorizations cover a wide variety of activities associated … Continue Reading »

USDA Selects Winners of Conservation Innovation Grant

WRA, Inc. is proud to be part of the team selected by USDA together with I2 Capital and Upper Green River Conservancy to receive a Conservation Innovation Grant. The grant will be used to develop a new model of conservation bank for greater sage grouse in the Pinedale area of Wyoming. This new model will … Continue Reading »

San Francisco Bay Herring Spawn Potential Map

by Dan Chase Pacific herring (Clupea pallasii) are found in large schools throughout the California’s coastal zone and are an important forage species that sustains a valuable commercial and recreational fishing industry in San Francisco Bay.  While primarily found off shore, the species moves into bays and estuaries in the winter to lay their eggs. These … Continue Reading »

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