A recent article published in National Mitigation Banking Association’s Winter 2015 newsletter focuses on the success of federally-protected species translocation at Ridge Top Ranch Wildlife Conservation Bank. The results, in combination with available credits to mitigate future impacts, provide an opportunity to bolster financial value for conservation banks and increase the potential return for investors … Continue Reading »
by Kate Allan The salt marsh harvest mouse is an elusive Bay Area native that you may have come across in nature guides, open space signage, or construction and restoration work in a salt marsh. It is a small brown mouse with a white or reddish belly found only in salt marshes around the San … Continue Reading »
There is a shortage of housing stock in the Bay Area. Environmental protections and development constraints are greater than ever. Land values are climbing higher than at the height of the 2008 bubble. Many developments that began the planning process in the 2007-2008 era were shelved because of the national financial crisis. Now many of … Continue Reading »
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 »