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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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18
Mar
2013

Prescribed Burning at Southeast Banks

Last year, Westervelt Ecological Services reported on a prescribed burn at their Pensacola Bay Mitgation Bank. This year, WES is at it again!  This time a prescribed burn took place at two banks, Pensacola Bay Mitigation Bank and St. Marks Mitigation Bank. The prescribed burn at Pensacola Bay Mitigation Bank was a cooperative burn with

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27
Feb
2013

Notes from the Field – California

February This month marks the beginning of our monitoring season for vernal pool species at several of our sites.  So far we have completed sampling at Burke Ranch Conservation Bank, Mariner Conservation Bank and Dutchman’s Creek.  Photos below highlight some of those efforts. An adult California tiger salamander (Ambystoma californiense) and Tadpole shrimp (Lepidurus packardi)

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7
Feb
2013

Fire: A Habitat Must-Have

Fire. At once terrifying and mesmerizing. Memorable public service campaigns of bygone eras were full of misinformation suggesting that fire is unnatural and must be kept off the landscape. For many wetlands and habitat of imperiled species, however, the use of fire is requisite, otherwise our forests and wetlands can become overgrown with debris, brush,

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30
Jan
2013

St. Marks Mitigation Bank

The Christmas Bear “Bears are made of the same dust as we, and breathe the same winds and drink of the same waters. A bear’s days are warmed by the same sun, his dwellings are overdomed by the same blue sky, and his life turns and ebbs with heart-pulsings like ours and was poured from

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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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