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18
Dec
2012

Notes from the Field

Rain has reached the Central Valley of California and over the last month enough rain has fallen that our Cosumnes Floodplain Mitigation Bank has started to flood.  As the water on the property rises, animals and insects seek refuge on higher ground.  While visiting the site last week, I witnessed this migration first hand.  It

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29
Oct
2012

Community Outreach

Building a Better Company and Community Community outreach is an important part of our vision and values here at Westervelt Ecological Services (WES).  Last week, our team in Sacramento spent the morning volunteering at a local park, raking, trimming and hauling debris.  The focus within the park was a community garden space that had fallen

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14
Sep
2012

Calling All Dusky Gopher Frogs

In a recent report released by the Society of London and the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the world’s 100 most endangered species are presented.  Of all the species that made the list, the Dusky gopher frog, Lithobates sevosus is the only mainland U.S. species in the report.  Ironically, it is found in the

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31
Aug
2012

Field Report

The Humor of Working in the Field Due to the nature of our business here at Westervelt Ecological Services we tend to spend a fair amount of time in the field.  On a daily basis, our crew can be found, trudging along through fields and sloughs – mapping, monitoring and mowing along the way.  It’s

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31
Jul
2012

Counting Plants

Monitoring at Cosumnes Floodplain Mitigation Bank During the winter of 2010/2011 Westervelt Ecological Services planted over 9,000 plants at our Cosumnes Floodplain Mitigation Bank.  Tidal channel banks were planted with pole cuttings of willows (Salix lasiolepis, S. laevigata, S. lasiandra), Fremont cottonwood, Buttonwillow, and Oregon ash to accelerate near water cover.  Floodplain Riparian Habitat was

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18
Jul
2012

Construction Season at Westervelt Ecological Services

Worker Environmental Awareness Program (WEAP) Its construction season here at Westervelt Ecological Services and with every construction project WES starts with a WEAP.  No, we aren’t passing around a box of Kleenex, WEAP stands for Worker Environmental Awareness Program.  It’s a program used to educate personnel about the existing on-site and surrounding biological, cultural and

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11
Jul
2012

Photo Points at Pensacola Mitigation Bank

Capturing photo points on our mitigation banks is a useful way to highlight restoration success. The photos below were taken at Pensacola Bay Mitigation Bank where we are restoring hardwood and pine flatwood landscapes.  The top photos in each grouping were taken in 2008 and the bottom photos were taken in the spring of 2012.