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Toad Hill Ranch Mitigation Bank, Placer County, CA The Toad Hill Bank received its latest wetland credit release in October, 2015 for achieving the year 3 vegetation and hydrology performance standards for the wetlands created as part of Phases I & II. Photo credit: Dennis Cavallo The bank offers vernal pool and seasonal wetland credits as compensation for impacts to wetlands and associated special-status species habitats within the Bank’s pre-approved service area.   River Ranch VELB Conservation Bank, Yolo County, CA November 1st marked the start of the dormant season for elderberry shrubs, which is the U.S. Fish and Wildlife…

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This employee spotlight features Julie Mentzer, Environmental Director of Operations, PNW. Julie Mentzer grew up in the San Fernando Valley of California. Yes, she’s a Valley Girl! At UC Irvine, Julie studied Social Ecology with a focus on Environmental Analysis and Design. Social Ecology was a combination of equal parts sociology, environmental science, and law; the ideal foundation for her eventual career. Before she came to Wildlands, Julie worked for a few small to medium sized environmental consulting firms. She worked as a wildlife biologist focused mainly on birds and as an environmental compliance specialist for a large fiber optics project in Northern California. In the…

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A Humorous Editorial by Jacob Robinson, Wildlands Biologist Ever have a project that you put off until tomorrow? Well my tomorrow was the day before yesterday and today is two days after tomorrow. Soak that in for a minute or two or three! Yes, good ole’ procrastination is the reason I am finally putting letters to screen at 12:51 pm on a Friday afternoon just in time for that close of business deadline. Sometimes I wonder why I procrastinate, but I think I’ll figure that out later. What really concerns me are the Pros and Cons of procrastination. I assume…

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The Alder Creek Project, approved by the Portland Harbor Natural Resource Trustee Council in May 2014, is the first habitat restoration project to be implemented specifically to benefit fish and wildlife affected by contamination in Portland Harbor. Construction on the project was recently completed, allowing the first of two breaches to connect the project to the Willamette River. The site is already providing habitat for salmon, lamprey, mink, bald eagle, osprey, and other native fish and wildlife. The powerful photos below depict the significant transformation of the site. Before & After Photos of the Alder Creek Restoration Project   Time…

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This year brings another exciting and long anticipated project to realization: the San Luis Rey Mitigation Bank in Oceanside, California (San Diego County). A meandering channel with an accessible floodplain has been created at the 53 acre wetland mitigation bank. Agricultural activities during the past century had caused the river to be channelized, disconnected from its floodplain and denuded of riparian vegetation. The construction has been a significant and exciting effort requiring the excavation of over 650,000 cubic yards of soil. During mass grading, 14 scrapers were operating simultaneously. Fine grading was completed by bulldozers equipped with GPS machine-control systems….

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Buena Creek Conservation Bank, San Diego County, CA –USFWS has granted the final release of Coastal California gnatcatcher habitat conservation credits.  The bank provides compensation for the loss of coastal sage scrub habitat within the pre-approved service area or outside of the service area, as approved by the USFWS on a case-by-case basis. Haera Wildlife Conservation Bank, Alameda County, CA – This bank is now sold out!  The final burrowing owl credit sale was completed in June, 2015.  The bank provided 299 acres of conservation credits for burrowing owl and San Joaquin kit fox habitat and will continue to be…

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The rising temperatures signal the onset of summer and the beginning of construction season in the Pacific Northwest, which means it’s time to resume work on the Alder Creek Restoration Project on Sauvie Island in Portland, Oregon. The Alder Creek Project, approved by the Portland Harbor Natural Resource Trustee Council in May 2014, is the first habitat restoration project to be implemented specifically to benefit fish and wildlife affected by contamination in Portland Harbor. The project, which was partially constructed in 2014, will provide habitat for salmon, lamprey, mink, bald eagle, osprey, and other native fish and wildlife living in…

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I have the very best view from my 12th floor, Downtown Portland office window. Ok, honestly, the landscape outside my window is pretty typical for an urban setting: a few buildings, a tree or two, and if I squint really hard with my glasses on I can see I tiny bit of the Willamette River. What makes my view spectacular is that for some reason my office window is an awesome place for viewing urban wildlife – specifically, urban birds. It all started with the usual suspects: a pigeon flyby, some gulls off in the distance, or the occasional sparrow…

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Wildlands is pleased to announce that restoration is underway at the recently approved San Luis Rey Wetland Mitigation Bank in Oceanside, San Diego County, California. A groundbreaking ceremony was attended by local, state and federal agencies involved with the project including the City of Oceanside, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The San Luis Rey Wetland Mitigation Bank is a 54-acre existing agricultural field that will be restored to native floodplain wetland habitat. The bank is being established to offset unavoidable impacts to wetlands and riparian…

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Wildlands is committed to supporting efforts here in our community, and those efforts can also have an impact abroad. Feed My Starving Children is a highly rated, 501(c)3 charity where 93% of all donations go directly toward packing and distribution of these meals. Over the last four years, thousands of volunteers from the Sacramento area have come together to pack more than 1.8 million meals to feed malnourished children around the world. While we don’t know where meals packed will go before they are packed, we always know they will go to children in need. In 2013, 272,000 of the meals…

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