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26
Feb
2014

Approved! – Alabama River Mitigation Bank

Westervelt is pleased to announce the recent approval of a new bank! Alabama River Mitigation Bank provides a compensatory mitigation alternative for stream and wetland impacts in a region currently under-served with mitigation options. Located in Wilcox and Monroe Counties, the vast majority of the bank’s service area includes the Lower and Middle Alabama River

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12
Feb
2014

Preparing for Rain!

Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPP) It’s no secret that California is experiencing its worst drought in recent history. In fact, the State Department of Water Resources recently took a survey of the Sierra Nevada snowpack and found the water content at only 24 percent of average for the time of year.  With rain finally

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28
Jan
2014

Notes From the Field

Monitoring at St. Marks Mitigation Bank St. Marks Mitigation Bank is a 1450-acre wetland site ideally located adjacent to a vast assemblage of conservation lands alongside the St. Marks and Aucilla River drainages in Florida. Substantial portions of the mitigation bank include areas identified as potential rare species habitat. During a recent survey a total

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10
Jan
2014

News from Big Gun Conservation Bank

One of the Largest California Red-legged Frog Populations in California! A recently published paper, “History and Status of the California Red-legged Frog (Rana Draytonii) in the Sierra Nevada, California, USA”, has confirmed what we here at Westervelt have been touting about our Big Gun Conservation Bank all along – “Big Gun Diggings supports by far

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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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