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18
Jun
2014

Approved! – Colusa Basin Mitigation Bank

Westervelt Ecological Services has received approval of Colusa Basin Mitigation Bank (CBMB) by State and federal natural resource agencies to restore giant garter snake (Thamnophis gigas) habitat and other wetlands on 160 acres in Colusa County. The first issue of credits will soon be available. Approval of CBMB adds to a larger matrix of conservation

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27
May
2014

Approved! – Dutchman Creek Conservation Bank

Westervelt Ecological Services is pleased to announce the approval of Dutchman Creek Conservation Bank. Approval of Bank by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife adds an additional 501 acres in Merced County, California, for the protection of state and federally listed species and their habitats. Westervelt worked

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14
May
2014

Eastern Coachwhip Snake Spotted at Big Sandy

We happened upon this impressive Eastern Coachwhip at our Big Sandy Mitigation Bank in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama this week. This non-venomous snake is one of the largest native snakes in North America, with adults averaging from 50-72 inches long. Local lore attributes its name to the belief that the snake will attack and beat humans

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14
Apr
2014

Tracking the Flow of Water

A Time Lapse Video of Cosumnes Floodplain Mitigation Bank Cosumnes Floodplain Mitigation Bank is a 472-acre floodplain restoration site located at the confluence of the Cosumnes and Mokelumne Rivers, in Sacramento County. The Cosumnes River is one of the last undamed rivers in California that fluctuates water levels due to the tidal influence of the

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28
Mar
2014

Stream Restoration at Alabama River Mitigation Bank

The Alabama River Mitigation Bank’s (ARMB) in-channel stream restoration project is complete!  This project was instrumental in the restoration efforts being undertaken at ARMB. The in-channel stream work involved Priority One (P1) and Priority Two (P2) Restoration, per U.S. Army Corps of Engineers requirements. The restored, low gradient channel replaces 2,895 linear feet (LF) of an

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26
Feb
2014

Approved! – Alabama River Mitigation Bank

Westervelt is pleased to announce the recent approval of a new bank! Alabama River Mitigation Bank provides a compensatory mitigation alternative for stream and wetland impacts in a region currently under-served with mitigation options. Located in Wilcox and Monroe Counties, the vast majority of the bank’s service area includes the Lower and Middle Alabama River

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12
Feb
2014

Preparing for Rain!

Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPP) It’s no secret that California is experiencing its worst drought in recent history. In fact, the State Department of Water Resources recently took a survey of the Sierra Nevada snowpack and found the water content at only 24 percent of average for the time of year.  With rain finally

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28
Jan
2014

Notes From the Field

Monitoring at St. Marks Mitigation Bank St. Marks Mitigation Bank is a 1450-acre wetland site ideally located adjacent to a vast assemblage of conservation lands alongside the St. Marks and Aucilla River drainages in Florida. Substantial portions of the mitigation bank include areas identified as potential rare species habitat. During a recent survey a total

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10
Jan
2014

News from Big Gun Conservation Bank

One of the Largest California Red-legged Frog Populations in California! A recently published paper, “History and Status of the California Red-legged Frog (Rana Draytonii) in the Sierra Nevada, California, USA”, has confirmed what we here at Westervelt have been touting about our Big Gun Conservation Bank all along – “Big Gun Diggings supports by far

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