Increasing overlap between the military’s training and testing operations and endangered plant and wildlife species and habitat within installation borders have heightened the need for off-site mitigation.
This post was originally published on Sonoma County Veg Map. As a companion study to the vegetation mapping program, Dr. Ralph Dubayah from the University of Maryland is producing a map of carbon sequestered in Sonoma County’s live vegetation. This work is funded by NASA (read more in this press release). When natural vegetation (biomass) is … Continue Reading »
Rare plants are finally moving out of the regulatory gray area. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is proposing a regulation that will provide a mechanism for projects to go forward that may have impacts to certain plant species designated as “rare” under the Native Plant Protection Act.
WRA is excited to announce the opening of our new San Diego office. San Diego is a natural fit for us. We have worked on a broad range of important projects in the region for over 30 years, are very familiar with local regulations, and have excellent relationships with all of the local regulators. For … Continue Reading »
Projects with environmental impacts in Califonia don’t happen without agency participation. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is the oldest wildlife conservation agency in the country and to this day is a linchpin in the protection of California wildlife. If you have ever hunted or fished in California, you’ve received a CDFW recreational … Continue Reading »
Land development is a tricky business that juggles many moving pieces simultaneously. One of those key pieces is compensatory environmental mitigation required under numerous state and federal laws. Many developers know firsthand how much compensatory mitigation requirements can affect their project, especially in California. More difficult still is getting regulatory agencies to agree with the … Continue Reading »
By John Krapek Hiding Among Us is a WRA blog series in which we focus on the trickier side of botany – namely, identifying weedy plants that could have unfortunate implications for habitat restoration and, often, on meeting regulatory agency performance criteria for restoration sites and other projects with re-vegetation components. In this post, we … Continue Reading »
A $28 million community improvements plan, known as Measure E was set in motion in 2009 to upgrade parks and construct community infrastructure in the City of Pleasant Hill (City). While the plan included some much-needed modernization for the City, it was also important to preserve city-defining trees in the process. These trees are treasured … Continue Reading »
Many projects requiring CEQA review involve CNPS listed plants, which may have left you asking: What is CNPS, anyway? A consortium of scientists, botanists, and enthusiasts, the California Native Plants Society (CNPS) has a mission to accurately review and categorize the rarity of native plants in California. The resulting list of sensitive plant species produced … Continue Reading »