WRA Congratulates 2022 Staff Promotions

We are honored to announce our recent leadership and staff promotions! Congratulations to the individuals for their achievements. Thank you for your contributions and we look forward to celebrating your future success at WRA! Leadership Promotion Please join us in congratulating Hope Kingma for her promotion to Biology & Regulatory Permitting Director! Hope joined WRA in … Continue Reading »

Western Joshua Tree’s CESA Review Period Is Near Its End: What Have We Learned And What Should We Expect?

By Tyler Hanson On September 22, 2020 the California Fish and Game Commission voted to consider the petition to list western Joshua tree (Yucca brevifolia) as threatened or endangered under the California Endangered Species Act (CESA), and subsequently listed it as a candidate species the following October. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (CDFW’s) report … Continue Reading »

Field Notes: A Modern Perspective

By Marisa Ishimatsu Data capture is at the heart of all science. Whether it’s recovering photos from camera traps, collecting eDNA samples, or recording species observations, the collection of reliable data that can be easily interpreted and analyzed is essential in every discipline. For centuries the standard has been the trusty field notebook. From Darwin … Continue Reading »

What Is “Blue Carbon”?

By Liz Allen Giant kelp (Macrocystis pyrifera) in Monterey, CA. By now, the concept of planting trees to offset carbon emissions is familiar to most. Through photosynthesis, trees absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere to form the sugars they need to grow, offsetting the carbon dioxide pollution in the air. The same concept applies to … Continue Reading »

Common Monarch Habitat Management Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

By Rei Scampavia Western populations of Monarch butterflies overwinter in groves of trees, such as eucalyptus, along the Pacific Coast (Photo credit: Marisa Ishimatsu) With its distinctive bright orange and black wings, the monarch butterfly is one of the most well-studied, charismatic, and culturally significant insects native to North America. These iconic butterflies migrate each … Continue Reading »

WRA Resilience Experts Presenting at the 2021 Colorado Wildland Fire Conference

WRA is proud to sponsor the 2021 Colorado Wildland Fire Conference in Grand Junction, Colorado the week of  September 20–23. This year’s event will focus on  “Moving Forward in Evolving Wildfire Landscapes” and will bring together individuals and organizations with a focus on reducing community vulnerability to wildfire.  Two WRA experts are presenting at this … Continue Reading »

WRA Restoration Experts Presenting at SERCAL 2021!

WRA is proud to sponsor the 2021 SERCAL conference, which will encompass online technical sessions and panels throughout the week of  September 13–17, 2021. This year’s conference theme is Restoration in our Backyard. Two WRA experts are presenting at this year’s conference: Wetlands Session Panel: Cutting Green Tape, An Introduction Permitting Small Habitat Restoration Projects … Continue Reading »

WRA Landscape Restoration Gains New Leadership with Addition of Jason Mills, Senior Restoration Contractor

WRA, Inc. is excited to announce the addition of Jason Mills as Senior Restoration Contractor for its subsidiary company WRA Landscape Restoration Inc. Mr. Mills’ leadership and expertise in vegetation management and fire ecology in California signifies strategic growth for the company’s support of restoration and resiliency work for public and private clients. As a … Continue Reading »

WRA Congratulates New Principals and 2021 Staff Promotions

WRA, Inc. is excited to announce our new principals and recent staff promotions! New Principals Please join us in congratulating Matt Richmond and Leslie Allen, two existing shareholders, on their  promotion to Principals.  Matt has 21 years of experience, nearly half of those years tenured with WRA. He launched WRA’s Petaluma office in 2018 and … Continue Reading »

Brooklyn Basin: Creating New Possibilities for a Restored Waterfront Community

By Ariella Simke, Freelance Writer; Leslie Lazarotti; Ellie Knecht  On 64 acres of previously industrial waterfront along the Oakland Estuary, a new community with public parks, Bay Trail improvements, and residential and commercial living space is taking shape. Brooklyn Basin is transforming into a lively place to live, work, and enjoy the outdoors. The ambitious … Continue Reading »