Projects involving the creation of preserves or mitigation areas to offset sensitive species and habitat impacts caused by residential, commercial, and infrastructure development unfailingly require long term preserve monitoring and management plans. Having completed and implemented over 100 habitat and species mitigation and restoration projects involving the combined input of hydrologists, engineers, agency staff, and the public for wetland and upland habitats alike, WRA is both knowledgeable and experienced in a wide array of related monitoring methods, management tools, and enhancement techniques in support of preserve/mitigation projects.
A few examples of the monitoring and adaptive management techniques regularly utilized by WRA to meet the performance criteria of our clients’ projects include:
- rotational grazing in a native prairie grassland
- focused weed control in a restored riparian forest
- adjusting water depth in a mitigation wetland
Representative WRA preserve management sites include Pacific Commons Preserve in Fremont, the largest vernal pool habitat complex created in the Bay Area; Silver Creek Preserve in San Jose, encompassing a large serpentine grassland restoration effort; and a multi-special status species habitat preservation at the Glenwood Preserve in the Santa Cruz Mountains.