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Twin Cities Wetland Preserve Sacramento County, California Wildlands’ 255-acre Twin Cities Wetland Preserve was established in 2007 and contains 15 acres of restored vernal pool, riparian scrub, and seasonal wetlands and 12 acres of preserved vernal pool wetlands. Located in the Southeastern Sacramento Valley Vernal Pool Region, the site also provides over 200 acres of Swainson’s hawk foraging habitat. Wildlands recently sold the Preserve’s last remaining vernal pool preservation acreage to solve a client’s mitigation obligation associated with a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biological opinion. As documented in its most recent annual report, the Preserve is in excellent condition…

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Dear Friends, The year of 2016 marks our 25th Anniversary—it is truly amazing how time flies when you are having fun! Reflecting back to the beginning, Wildlands had a vision of a conservation strategy. We truly had no idea that our pioneering efforts would become such an integral part in the development of the mitigation banking industry as we know it today. Incorporated in 1991, Wildlands embarked on an uncharted journey to develop the first entrepreneurial wetlands mitigation bank in the West. Little did we know we would also have to create the framework for the concept because it had…

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This employee spotlight features Brian Monaghan, Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Brian was born and raised in Palos Verdes in sunny Southern California. At American University in Washington, D.C. (Go Eagles!), Brian graduated with a degree in Political Science. He got his first introduction to the banking industry in 1994 as an assistant project manager for a start-up wetland mitigation banking firm in the same city where he attended college. It was a lean and mean outfit, so Brian was able to learn all aspects of the business from the ground up, from permitting to land management and market analysis….

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2016 California Land Conservation Conference March 8-10, 2016 Los Angeles, CA Wildlands participated as a sponsor of the 2016 California Land Conservation Conference, described as “the largest land and water conservation gathering in the state.” The annual conference is organized by the California Council of Land Trusts and attracts over 500 attendees, including land trust organizations, public agencies, foundations, and conservation professionals. For more information about the California Council of Land Trusts click here.   2016 AEP Conference April 3-6, 2016 San Diego, CA Wildlands is a sponsor and exhibitor at this year’s Association of Environmental Professionals (AEP) Conference, Cities…

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Wildlands recently participated in Pathways to Nature – an outdoor, hands-on educational outing for local 4th and 5th grade students. The goal of this activity was to connect these young students with nature and encourage them to get outside to see the powerful effects of preserving, conserving and utilizing natural resources found at a cattle ranch. Pathways to Nature was hosted by Chet and Angela Vogt on their cattle ranch – 3 Creeks Ranch, and organized by The Glenn-Colusa CattleWomen in Glenn County, California. Many industry professionals volunteered their time and work, including Wildlands’ own biologist, Jacob Robinson. Jacob drew from…

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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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