Seasons Greetings and Happy New Year from Westervelt Ecological Services!

One of the real joys during this time of year is the opportunity to show our appreciation. We have been fortunate to work with many wonderful people during 2014 and look forward to all we can accomplish together in the year to come. On behalf of everyone at WES, thank you.

As we reflect on 2014 we realize what a busy and exciting year it has been for our business. Our conservation footprint grew by 3,000 acres when our Western Region Office (Sacramento, California) received approval for Colusa Basin Mitigation Bank and Dutchman Creek Mitigation Bank, and our Southeast Region (Auburn, Alabama) received approval for Alabama River Mitigation Bank and Canoe Creek Mitigation Bank.

With our sights set on 2015, we are eager to continue implementing diverse projects aligned with our mission statement, and providing multiple benefits to the species and habitat we work to protect throughout both regions.

Cheers!
NAFO Annual Conference
Big Sandy Mitigation Bank Hosts Lunch and Tour
Big Sandy Mitigation Bank in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, hosted the National Alliance of Forest Owners (NAFO) on November 11, 2014, as part of the organization's 2014 Annual Conference. Approximately 70 members from across the country attended lunch served beneath tents at the junction of two forest roads overlooking the bank. The vista was rife with autumn leaf color - a testament to the bottomland hardwood restoration efforts. Following lunch, which included a Mitigation Banking 101 presentation by Project Manager Sean McGary, attendees took a flatbed hayride through the forest and onto the bank for an up-close tour.

Photos by Amy Tauzin, used with permission from NAFO.
2015 Customer Survey 
A few minutes of your time could earn you a brand new YETI cooler! 

Westervelt Ecological Services respectfully requests your participation in a customer survey to evaluate how well we are serving your business and regulatory needs. The results of the survey are completely confidential and will not be shared, published or used in any external commercial manner. The survey is designed to take no more than 10 minutes to complete.



Click here to take the survey.

All completed surveys will be entered in a drawing for a YETI Tundra 45 Cooler in Tan!

In order to be eligible to win you must submit your completed survey by January 31, 2014. We will announce the winner by email on February 3, 2015.


Foxes and "Hounds"
San Joaquin Kit Fox Survey Technique Utilizes Rescued Dogs

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Located in Merced County, California, the 501-acre Dutchman Creek Conservation Bank, was established to preserve its intact vernal pool/open grasslands complex. This habitat supports a range of listed species including vernal pool tadpole shrimp (Lepidurus packardi), vernal pool fairy shrimp (Branchinecta lynchi), California tiger salamander (Ambystoma californiense) and the San Joaquin kit fox (Vulpes macrotis mutica) ("SJKF"). Surveying for many of these species can be a difficult task, especially for the elusive and nocturnal SJKF, so it is with great anticipation and excitement we have partnered with Working Dogs for Conservation ("WDC") to assist in SJKF survey efforts.

A Montana-based non-profit organization, WDC has developed an intense detection training program using rescue dogs from throughout the United States for search and rescue, narcotics, cadaver, and animal survey operations in a number of countries across the globe.

WDC has over a decade of experience surveying for the kit fox. For these surveys, dogs are trained to identify the hard-to-find scat of the SJKF, which serves as a monitor for the species use of the site - a condition of the bank's approving regulatory agencies. In addition, surveys performed by the dogs and their human handlers identify the most suitable locations for the installation of motion detection cameras, which will be established in 2015 to assist in additional monitoring of the site.
Credit Corner
Stream Credits

Stream credits provide a viable compensatory mitigation alternative for stream impacts as authorized by an Army Corps of Engineers permit, pursuant to Section 404 of the Clean Water Act. Credits may be purchased by a project proponent (the permittee) when project-related impacts occur within a bank's service area, and when approved by the USACE.
Big Sandy Creek, Tuscaloosa Co., Alabama


Purchasing credits provides many benefits to the permittee including: cost-effective mitigation, habitat assurances, elimination of temporal losses of aquatic resource functions, and a greater ecological benefit.

Westervelt Ecological Services offers USACE approved stream credits at the following banks:

 

Working to Preserve Habitat in Solano County
Callippe Silverspot Butterfly
Protecting the Callippe Silverspot and California Red-legged Frog

We're expanding our wings ... butterfly wings, that is! We are excited to announce we are in the process of purchasing approximately 283 acres of federally endangered callippe silverspot butterfly (Speyeria callippe callippe) (CSB) habitat, located on the Ferrari Ranch property in Solano County. This land will be the site of a preserve protecting both the butterfly and the federally threatened California red-legged frog (Rana draytonii) (CRLF). The site is an important conservation achievement as the CSB has very limited populations remaining in California recognized by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), while the CRLF is the largest frog in the western U.S. that has seen its habitat shrink to roughly half of its historic range.

The establishment of this preserve will include placing a USFWS-approved conservation easement on the site to be held by Solano Land Trust. The preserve will be managed for both species and their habitats in perpetuity via a non-wasting endowment held by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF). The project will serve as mitigation for unavoidable impacts to CRLF and CSB from interchange and traffic flow improvement projects being implemented by the Solano Transit Authority.  Preserves such as Ferrari Ranch are important to the recovery efforts of both species.
Out and About
Look for WES at conferences this winter

January
  • California Native Plant Society Conference, San Jose, CA - January 15th-17th, 2015
  • Economic Development Association of Alabama Winter Meeting, Montgomery, AL - January 19th-21st, 2015
  • Florida Economic Development Council Winter Symposium, Fort Lauderdale, FL - January 15th-16th, 2015
  • The Wildlife Society Western Section Annual Meeting, Santa Rosa, CA - January 26th-30th, 2015

February
  • Galt Bird Festival, Galt, CA - February 6, 2015
  • Mississippi Economic Development Council Winter Conference, Jackson, MS - February 4th-6th, 2015
  • Alabama Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers Winters Meeting, Tuscaloosa, AL - February 19, 2015

March
  • Association of Environmental Professionals, Santa Barbara, CA - March 22nd-25th, 2015
  • California Land Conservation Conference, Sacramento, CA - March 3rd-4th, 2015
  • Salmonid Restoration Federation Conference, Santa Rosa, CA - March 11th-14th, 2015
  • Society of Ecological Restoration Conference, Ocean Springs, MS - March 12th-14th, 2015
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You've combed through the website, and already like and follow us on Facebook and Twitter, but you still want to know more about WES? Solution: a brown bag lunch, our favorite in-person opportunity for presenting information about WES to your company. WES provides sandwiches to accompany the hour-long presentation. You emerge from your lunch break with a satisfied stomach and new information to consider. Who doesn't love free lunch and more knowledge? Let us know if your company is interested in having WES present at a brown bag lunch. 
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