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20
Nov
2013

Advance Conservation Project in San Joaquin Valley Will Boost Flood and Giant Garter Snake Protection

The Department of Water Resources (DWR) has begun an innovative program in the San Joaquin Valley to help local levee-maintaining agencies implement flood control projects while preserving habitat for the endangered giant garter snake. The “advance conservation” program identifies and sets aside habitat, in this case snake habitat, before agencies begin work that could result in

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20
Nov
2013

I See Red

5 Tips to Identifying a Sub-adult/Adult California Red-legged Frog On August 9th, Westervelt Ecological Services, in partnership with engineering and environmental consulting firm Dudek, hosted a workshop at Big Gun Conservation Bank, in Placer County, California.  The Bank, owned and managed by Westervelt, is home to the largest known California red-legged frog populations in the

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10
Aug
2013

Notes from the Field

Alabama and Mississippi As an associate biologist for Westervelt’s southeast office, Andrew Parsons covers a lot of ground while overseeing our banks in Alabama and Mississippi.  Along the way, he makes some interesting cultural discoveries and gets up close and personal with the various species that call our banks home. For example, on a recent

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10
Jul
2013

Notes from the Field

Construction at Meridian Ranch Mitigation Bank Construction is underway at Westervelts 377-acre Meridian Ranch Conservation Bank and will focus on rehabilitating and restoring the degraded vernal pool and swale features throughout the property. Prior to Westervelts acquisition of the property in 2008 it had been historically farmed in dryland grains and also used as a

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28
Jun
2013

I Spy with My Trail Camera Eye!

Gopher Tortoises Spotted at Chickasawhay Conservation Bank Trail cameras at Chickasawhay Conservation Bank captured several photos of two subadult gopher tortoises.  Distinct markings on the shells of the tortoises confirm that these are two individuals and not just one very busy tortoise.  John McGuire, Project Manager for the bank, speculates that the two juveniles probably

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17
Jun
2013

Cosumnes Floodplain Mitigation Bank Service Area Expansion

Westervelt Ecological Services is pleased to announce the expansion of the service area for Cosumnes Floodplain Mitigation Bank! The bank was approved by the U.S Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), U.S Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) on September 30, 2009, to offer Floodplain Mosaic Wetlands (riparian wetlands and seasonal

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28
Mar
2013

A Building-Block Approach to Service Areas

National Wetland Newsletter In the recent issue of the National Wetlands Newsletter, published by The Environmental Law Institute, Westervelt’s Vice President Greg DeYoung and Senior Conservation Planner Hal Holland delve into the topic of service areas. For a full version of the newsletter follow the link:

27
Mar
2013

Notes from the Field – Alabama

March Feral hogs are becoming an increasing problem through the country. With few natural predators  populations of wild pigs are poised to explode in many areas.  WES is not immune to such problems. Several of our Banks have pigs on them. In many cases, rooting by pigs can cause tremendous damage to native biodiversity. Pigs

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