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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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14
Feb
2012

Soaking Up the Sun

Maintaining Basking Sites for California Red Legged Frog at Big Gun Conservation Bank Back in 2010 we announced the approval by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service of our Big Gun Conservation Bank.  The Bank, located in Michigan Bluff, outside Foresthill, is home to what may be the largest remaining documented population of California red-legged frogs

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6
Feb
2012

Endangered Species Monitoring at Burke Ranch

Here at WES we are just weeks away from the first round of sampling for California Tiger Salamander (CTS) larvae at our Burke Ranch Conservation Bank, assuming the rains continue.  The California Tiger Salamander is listed both as a federally threatened and California State threatened species.  It is a terrestrial salamander with a broad, rounded

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26
Jan
2012

Flowers and Fire

Recently, we highlighted our cooperative burn conducted on our Pensacola Bay Mitigation Bank in the Garcon peninsula of Florida.  The site has a number of listed plant species including the carnivorous white-topped pitcher plant, which is a Florida state listed species.  Many other cool (and rare) plants such as the snake mouth orchid, pot of

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13
Jan
2012

Burn Baby Burn!

Prescribed Burn at Pensacola Bay Mitigation Bank Prescribed burning is a complex task best left to experts in the field; and the more experts involved in such a project, the better.  Recently, Westervelt Ecological Services’ John McGuire and the Garcon Point Stewards combined their expertise to jointly burn roughly 200 acres in the Pensacola Bay

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6
Jan
2012

Fall Planting

The Timing of Restoration They don’t let me out of the office much these days, but I was recently invited to revisit a property our team here at WES worked to restore back in 2008.  Historically, this area was part of a riparian flood zone that, during years of intense rain, was inundated by water

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7
Dec
2011

Van Vleck Mitigation Bank

This video shows the vernal pool creation process on our Van Vleck Mitigation Bank in Sacramento County, California. This beautiful 775 acre vernal pool oasis is a sea of color during the early part of spring. The bank provides Preservation credits for fairy shrimp habitat, Swainson’s hawk foraging habitat and Creation credits for vernal pool

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24
Oct
2011

Cosumnes Floodplain Mitigation Bank

On August 24, 2011 Westervelt Ecological Services celebrated the completion of the Cosumnes Floodplain Mitigation Bank.  This video shows the timeline for development of the project from site selection to reintroducing natural hydrology and finally rapid establishment of the historic floodplain.  This 472-acre site located at the confluence of the Cosumnes and Mokelumne Rivers, in

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