A Quarterly News Update
March 2019
Since 1989, the National Wetlands Awards has honored over 200 champions of wetlands conservation. The program recognizes individuals who have demonstrated exceptional effort, innovation, and excellence in wetlands conservation at the regional, state, or local level. Past award recipients share a dedication to protecting the nation's remaining wetlands; educating citizens, students, and agencies about the value of wetlands; and working with a diverse array of organizations and interests to advance wetlands protection.This year, on May 7 th , Westervelt Ecological Services (WES) General Manager and The Westervelt Company Vice President, Greg Sutter will be honored as the 2019 award recipient.

Greg Sutter’s four decades of professional life demonstrate a drive to innovate, improve, and to get “stuff” done in the field of wetland restoration. In each major stage of his career, he has moved past the status quo in restoration, creating tens of thousands of acres of restored wetland preserves and pioneering an ecologically based business model that better delivers effective ecological services.

In his early career, Greg was disappointed with the fractured and meager attempts at wetland compensation under the clean water act
(i.e., “postage stamp” mitigation). Before these fail­ures were documented by the National Research Council in 2001 (“Compensating for Wetland Losses under the Clean Water Act”), Greg was dedicating his career to doing mitigation right. Doing it right the first time included: optimizing site selection; designing based on natural eco­logical processes, hands-on construction, maintenance and monitoring; legally adequate site protection; and comprehensive long-term stewardship planning and funding. Along the way, Greg led teams in creating over eighty wetland restoration and conservation projects, totaling over 60,000 acres, many of which are public/private projects done within a conservation plan­ning framework. He is well on his way to conserving his career goal of 100,000 acres.
In Greg’s most recent career stage, at Westervelt Ecological Services, he has adapted a vertical­ly integrated business model to wetland restoration, creating integration and accountability in the key life stages of wetland projects. This business model helps inform the evolving practice of restoration and mitigation and thus will have a continuing influence on how we restore and care for wetlands into the future.

Congratulations Greg on this huge achievement. We are proud to have you as our Westervelt Ecological Services leader!
Consisting of ~75 acres at the confluence of the Big Thompson River and the South Platte River located in Weld County, CO, the project will improve floodplain connectivity while providing improved habitat conditions for endangered species through river and wetland restoration.

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Named in honor of The Westervelt Company founder, Herbert Eugene Westervelt, this newly approved stream and wetland bank is our 10th bank in the Southeast. It consists of ~290 acres within the Lower Black Warrior watershed in Tuscaloosa and Bibb Counties, Alabama. The project will stabilize streams and revegetate native riparian habitat along 6.5 miles of Big Sandy Creek and its tributaries.

For more information, call the Southeast Region at (334) 821-1999 .

Land Conservation for 300 Acres Near Lincoln, CA

Planting Mixtures: Natives and Numbers
By: Kristen Qualls, Land Stewardship Technician
During the month of February, the WES Southeast 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 trees tend to be less stressed during the winter. For the best ecological results, it is important to not only plant a species within its native range of occurrence, but also within the appropriate habitat of that range.

The Alabama River Mitigation Bank, which is located in Monroe and Wilcox Counties, Alabama, was restored with 110,000 bottomland hardwood seedlings. For maximum diversity, a total of 15 different bottomland hardwood species were planted over six days by a 14-person crew planting 358 acres of wetlands. Although the days were long, cold, and rainy, the crew successfully planted about 17,000 trees per day.

The Pensacola Bay Mitigation Bank located in Santa Rosa County, Florida, was planted with 55,000 longleaf pine and 2,500 bottomland hardwoods. The crew planted 534 acres in three days with a 16-person team averaging 15,700 trees per day in the panhandle.  
VELB Credits Available at the Nicolaus Ranch VELB Conservation Bank
Nicolaus Ranch VELB Conservation Bank is a 42.03-acre site approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to offset impacts to the valley elderberry longhorn beetle (VELB).The Bank offers an excellent opportunity to preserve and permanently protect VELB habitat and expand the riparian community in this area. One VELB credit is equal to 1,800 square feet. Per USFWS Guidelines, one acre of VELB habitat is equivalent to 24.2 units, and one elderberry transplant can be accommodated per unit.

For credit sale inquiries: Jessica Daugherty
Jessica Daugherty
Business Development Manager,
Western Region
Prior to joining WES, Jessica served as the Director of Land Conservation with the Stewardship Council. She was previously the Assistant Director at Placer Land Trust where she served for 11 years. In 2014, Jessica earned the Sacramento Business Journal’s “Top 40 Under 40” award and was selected as one of Auburn Journal’s “People to Watch” in 2016.
Jessica and her family enjoy many outdoor activities, including rafting, rock climbing, mountain biking and fly-fishing. She and her family are lovers of the outdoors and avid skiers.
Eric Skinner
Land Steward, Western Region
Prior to joining WES, Eric worked as a carpenter with Mel Dodson for over 6 years, and has worked on several Western Region Projects, including Bullock Bend Mitigation Bank and Nicolaus Ranch Conservation Bank. In joining the team, Eric says he is most excited to learn the planning and design components as well as property management aspects of conservation.
In his spare time, Eric enjoys spending time with his family. He built his own home and is passionate about living a self-sustaining lifestyle.
Lauren Brunson
Associate Project Planner,
Southeast Region
Prior to joining WES, Lauren served as the Environmental Coordinator for Bay County (FL) Public Works Department for the last 3 years. Originally from Springfield, Illinois, she received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Illinois in 2011, and then went on to receive her Master’s Degree from Auburn University in 2014. She was recognized as one of Auburn’s Top 10 Outstanding Master’s Students and also received the Drummond Award for Outstanding Master’s Student in the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences in 2013. She enjoys spending time with her boys (her husband and 6-month old) as well as 3 dogs and 2 cats. She also enjoys anything outdoors, especially kayaking, fishing, and hiking with her dogs. 
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