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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.

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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