A letter from Executive Administrative Assistant, Michaelle Longhoffer When Westervelt Ecological Services (WES) was founded in 2006, I was hired as their first Administrative Assistant. In the beginning, there was only a handful of employees, but over the years we have grown to more than 30 staff in Sacramento. For the first 10 years, I
WES is excited to Welcome Tyler Bell to the team! Tyler Thigpen Bell is the Restoration Ecologist for Westervelt’s Rocky Mountain Region Office in Denver, Colorado. She joined the Westervelt Ecological Services team in March 2020 and her responsibilities include mitigation/restoration project planning, establishment, permitting and compliance, monitoring and reporting in the Rocky Mountain Region.
When Jessica Daugherty joined our Western Region team as the new Business Development Manager, I knew the region had found the right person for the job. Jessica came with a strong resume as the previous Assistant Director at Placer Land Trust where she served for 11 years, taking the organization from a startup nonprofit to
BY: Chloe Lewis, Rocky Mountain Region Project Planner/Business Development Associate Westervelt Ecological Services’ Denver office is pleased to announce the approval of the Big Thompson Confluence Mitigation Bank. This is the first Mitigation Bank approved on Colorado’s Front Range in 20 years! With accelerated development around the state of Colorado, this Bank offers a proactive
By: Beth Nelson, Rocky Mountain Region Administrative Assistant Coincidental to the 10-year anniversary of the Corps/EPA Compensatory Mitigation Rule, environmental scientists Rachel Harrington and Palmer Hough conducted a study that highlighted the progress in the field of wetlands mitigation. The study, published in The Environmental Law Reporter (2019), also cites potential opportunities for improvement in
By: Kristen Qualls, Southeastern Region Land Stewardship Technician During the spring months, the Westervelt Ecological Services (WES) Southeastern Region Land Stewardship Team conducted and coordinated prescribed burns on a total of 2,028 acres at two WES Mitigation Banks – Chickasawhay Conservation Bank and St. Marks Mitigation Bank. Prescribed fires provide ecological benefits which can help
By: Rebekah Bergkoetter, Western Region Biologist Despite its large size, the California tiger salamander (Ambystoma californiense) is a beautifully elusive species. The adults will spend the majority of their lives underground in burrows, making them quite difficult to observe. Fortunately for amphibian lovers at Westervelt Ecological Services (WES), these salamanders emerge in the late fall
Recently, the Westervelt team met up with the team from The Fly Rod Chronicles to help viewers make the connection between healthy river systems and the sport that they love. Segments were filmed on different sections of river, including a Westervelt Restoration Project near La Salle, Colorado. These pictures were taken at the confluence of