WRA Joins Sea Level Rise Panel at AEP Cities in Transition Conference

On April 5, 2016, WRA, Inc. joined a panel of experts addressing sea-level rise at the Association of Environmental Planners (AEP) annual conference in San Diego. The panel was moderated by land use attorney Alan Murphy from Perkins Coie, LLP and also included Dilip Trivedi, PE coastal engineer at Moffat & Nichol; Aleka Seville, MPP … Continue Reading »

WRA Fisheries Expert to Present at American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting

The Western Division of the American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting is being held this year in Reno, Nevada.   The theme of the 41st annual meeting hosted by the California-Nevada Chapter is: Fisheries, Society, and the Scientific Method – Challenging Our Perception of Science, Policy, and Management.  The conference focus will be on using the scientific method to find answers … Continue Reading »

WRA Waterfront Expert Joins Port of San Francisco Resilience Advisory Team

Justin Semion, WRA Principal and one of the company’s foremost waterfront experts, is a member of the Port of San Francisco’s newly formed Waterfront Plan Resilience Advisory Team. Waterfront Plan The Port’s Waterfront Plan Working Group is assisted by seven advisory teams to address these needs and recommend updates to the Waterfront Plan. The Port … Continue Reading »

WRA Experts to Present at Regional Wildlife Society Conference

Members of our wildlife team are in Pomona, California February 22-26, 2016 attending The Wildlife Society – Western Section Annual Meeting. WRA is proud to be a sponsor of this year’s event that will draw in more than 600 practitioners and academics who study and manage wildlife species, habitats, and issues related to their conservation. Associate Wildlife Biologist Rob … Continue Reading »

impactDeals Features WRA Conservation Finance Expertise

round table on model conservation finance transactions at the impactDeals Forum in Washington, DC. He presented some of the company’s recent success in complex transactions and asset management strategies. Ben sits on a steering committee that organized the event, hosted by i2Capital. The forum brought together more than 120 investors, finance experts, and thought leaders from a diverse range … Continue Reading »

Special Status Updates for Two Emblematic California Species

by Jason Yakich WRA’s wildlife team has been tracking recent legal changes related to two species of conservation concern in California – the tricolored blackbird and monarch butterfly.  The following is a summary of the proposed changes and potential implications of these regulatory updates. Tricolored Blackbird Overview The tricolored blackbird (Agelaius tricolor) is virtually endemic … Continue Reading »

Presidential Memorandum Issues Support for Mitigation Banking and New Policy Guidelines

President Obama recently released a Presidential Memorandum supporting private investment in natural resource conservation and restoration. Mitigation and conservation banking, in particular, were lauded as the environmentally superior and preferred approach to natural resource impact mitigation. Current studies suggest that private sector investment in compensatory mitigation is currently $1.3 – $4 billion dollars with 40% … Continue Reading »

WRA Botanist Joins Plant Pathogen Working Group

Tanner Harris, Senior Biologist at WRA, has joined a committee of restoration practitioners that is part of the “Working Group for Phytophthoras in Native Plant Habitats”. Phytopthora, which means “plant destroyer”, is a large group of fungus-like water molds that can cause severe dieback in natural plant populations. Perhaps the most well-known Phytophthora species is … Continue Reading »

Top 6 Maintenance Tips to Tame El Niño

The weather models continue to call for a potentially extreme El Niño event this winter in central and southern California. Being prepared for what Mother Nature has to offer is your first line of defense in protecting your assets. Names like “Godzilla El Niño” and “Bruce Lee El Niño” are commonplace and hint at the … Continue Reading »