Landscape-oriented Mitigation Solutions
WES is working with the California High Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) to provide a large, landscape-oriented mitigation solution for the section of the high-speed rail line that will run between Fresno and Bakersfield. As part of the contract with CHSRA, WES acquired, entitled, and permanently protected rare and threatened upland, riparian, and vernal pool habitats.
WES identified and acquired nine properties, working collaboratively with landowners, consisting of ~4,000-acres of upland and vernal pool wetland habitats, restoring up to 151 acres of wetland habitats.
WES is also collaborating with numerous other agencies including USFWS, USEPA, USACE, CDFW, Kern National Wildlife Refuge, California State Water Resources Control Board, and NFWF.