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16
Aug
2018

Giant Garter Snake at Grasslands Mitigation Bank

This Sunday an adult female giant garter snake (Thamnophis gigas; GGS) was captured at Westervelt’s Grasslands Mitigation Bank by permitted biologist and species expert Eric Hansen and his crew. The 273-acre Grasslands Mitigation Bank was established in 2015 and is located next to the Volta Wildlife Area, which supports one of the few known GGS

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25
Apr
2018

Preble’s Meadow Jumping Mouse to Remain Protected

On April 16, 2018, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decided that the Preble’s meadow jumping mouse (Zapus hudsonius preblei) will remain protected under the Endangered Species Act. The mouse was listed as threatened in 1998. The decision by USFWS is good news for the WES Rocky Mountain Regional office, which has recently proposed the

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29
Mar
2018

Fly Rod Chronicles Visits California

Curtis Fleming and the gang from Fly Rod Chronicles recently traveled to sunny California to fish the Lower Sacramento River. They visited Redding’s The Fly Shop and met renowned fly fisher, Mike Mercer. They even took a minute to discuss habitat restoration with WES Sacramento’s own Greg DeYoung. Check out the video to see what

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13
Mar
2018

Rare Bird Sighted at Burke Ranch Conservation Bank

Looking for Lapland Longspurs! This winter Westervelt Ecological Services played host to a few rare birds at the Burke Ranch Conservation Bank, located in Solano County, California. Two dozen Lapland longspurs (Calcarius lapponicus) were observed flocking and foraging around the vernal pool grasslands in late February. The flock was predominately Chestnut-collared longspurs, with a few

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20
Jul
2017

Westervelt Welcomes Summer Interns

Cory White Cory White is an intern for Westervelt’s southeast office and assists primarily in land management and monitoring. Coming from just east of Pittsburgh, he currently attends Pennsylvania State University, majoring in Environmental Resource Management (ERM). His academic interests are geared towards environmental engineering. He is a rising senior and plans to graduate in the

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20
Jun
2017

Cosumnes Floodplain Mitigation Bank Receives Final Credit Release

The 472-acre Cosumnes Floodplain Mitigation Bank is located at the confluence of the Cosumnes and Mokelumne Rivers in Sacramento County, California. The project restored wetlands and low floodplain riparian forests to the property by breaching an agricultural levee on the Cosumnes River and constructing tidal channels to allow routine (e.g., annual) flood events and tidal

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15
Aug
2016

Sutter Basin Conservation Bank

2012 Giant Garter Snake Monitoring Report Westervelt Ecological Services recently received the results from the second year of post-construction monitoring of giant garter snake (Thamnophis gigas) (GGS) presence and distribution at the Sutter Basin Conservation Bank (SBCB).  Monitoring has been conducted every other year, since the habitat was established in 2008, to evaluate habitat performance

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15
Aug
2016

Meridian Ranch Mitigation Bank – Approved

Westervelt Ecological Services is pleased to announce the approval of Meridian Ranch Mitigation Bank, in Butte County, California. The 377-acre bank is comprised of rolling annual grassland supporting vernal pool and vernal swale habitat. The Bank has received approval from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,

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16
Jul
2015

Grasslands Mitigation Bank – Approved!

Westervelt Ecological Services is pleased to announce the approval of our Grasslands Mitigation Bank (GRMB) by state and federal natural resource agencies to restore Giant garter snake (Thamnophis gigas) (GGS) habitat and seasonal wetlands on 281 acres in Merced County. GRMB is the only project in the area offering mitigation credits to offset impacts to

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