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25
May
2012

Cogongrass: El Diablo Verde

Cogongrass (Imperata cylindrical) is an ever-present threat to not only our mitigation banks in Alabama, Florida and Mississippi, but most banks in the southeast. A native grass of Korea, Japan, China, India, and tropical eastern Africa, it is nonnative and invasive throughout the southeastern United States. Cogongrass grows in dense patches, up to six feet

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22
May
2012

Ring of Flowers

Floristic Monitoring at Van Vleck Mitigation Bank The picture above was taken earlier this month while Westervelt Ecological Services (WES) completed annual floristic monitoring at our Van Vleck Mitigation Bank. The 775 acre site is located in eastern Sacramento County and provides offsite mitigation for impacts to vernal pool habitats and associated grassland species in

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14
Mar
2012

Day in the Field

Hydrologic Monitoring at Van Vleck Mitigation Bank During a recent sunny day I had the privilege of spending time out of the office and in the field helping our senior ecologist complete some hydrologic monitoring at our Van Vleck Mitigation Bank. Although I would never complain about getting to spend the day outside in the

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6
Mar
2012

WES Assists in the Construction of the Southeast’s First “Nature Playground”

The Southeast Office of Westervelt Ecological Services participated in a collaborative effort to build the southeast’s first “nature playground” in Auburn, Alabama. Knowing that children between the ages of 3 and 12 only spend 1% of their time outdoors, the playground was designed to encourage appreciation for the outdoors. Unlike traditional parks, the nature playground

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