8
Apr
2019

Site Protections and Funding for Compensatory Mitigation Project

By: Lucy Harrington, Rocky Mountain Region Director Long term protection for compensatory mitigation sites can be complicated but are a necessary component to the Clean Water Act compensatory mitigation program. Some of the biggest threats to the mitigation program are the lack of appropriate site protection instruments and identifying accurate funding amounts for long term

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26
Mar
2019

Planting Mixtures: Natives and Numbers

By: Kristen Qualls Land Stewardship Technician, Southeastern Region During the month of February, Westervelt Ecological Services’ (WES) Southeastern Region Land Stewardship Team planted 892 acres of wetlands at two WES mitigation banks: Alabama River and Pensacola Bay. Planting season typically occurs during the winter months for greater tree survival. This is due to dormancy and

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3
Oct
2018

The Fly Rod Chronicles and WES Team Up in Colorado

Recently, the Westervelt team met up with the team from The Fly Rod Chronicles to help viewers make the connection between healthy river systems and the sport that they love. Segments were filmed on different sections of river, including a Westervelt Restoration Project near La Salle, Colorado. These pictures were taken at the confluence of

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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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