Great Blue Herons are present throughout Washington year-round. They’re commonly observed as solitary birds, foraging along shorelines, streambanks, or in wetlands as they snatch up a variety of prey such as frogs, fish, insects, and even mice. However, during the breeding season, pairs nest in groups called colonies or rookeries, which is a unique breeding strategy compared to other Washington breeding birds.
Online inventory maps, like King County iMap and Snohomish County’s PDS Map Portal, are a useful resource for learning about your property’s critical areas—to a point. In this blog, Sam Payne, ecologist at The Watershed Company, explains how inventory maps fit into the planning process.
A growing body of research indicates that estuarine and marine habitat restoration can help mitigate climate change through carbon sequestration. In this post, Watershed planners Sarah Sandstrom and Tess Brandon share findings from their recent work for the Port of Seattle and why blue carbon should be on the mind of every restoration professional.
If you're a contractor at an in-water site, chances are you'll need to remove fish before getting to work. The Watershed Company's senior fisheries biologist, Greg Johnston, explains why having a fish exclusion plan is not only smart for your budget, but important in complying with environmental regulations.
As you hunt for property to develop in Washington State, you’ll quickly learn that water-related critical areas can add a wrinkle to the home-buying and home-building process. In this post, we delve into what you need to know about critical regulations and the steps to take to create the home of your dreams.
Shoreline homeowners have many options for naturalizing their waterfront. In this post, we explore seven popular green shoreline design choices, including bulkhead removal, and how to determine which is right for you.
Looking for a green certification for your non-building project, but don't know your options? In this blog, we explore the suite of green rating systems and certifications to help you find the right one for your project.
Summer and early fall are one of the busiest times for fishing at The Watershed Company. In this blog, senior fisheries biologist Greg Johnston explains how we help contractors meet project permit requirements and safely remove fish from construction areas.
Permits can make or break a project's schedule. Mark Daniel, planner and GIS analyst at The Watershed Company, explains the different kinds of permitting timelines and how to prepare for projects in or near areas with as shorelines, streams, or wetlands.
Interpretive signs can be a tool for positive change. In this blog, we explore how Interpretation can teach users the value of their natural resources and feel invested in the environment where they live.
In this blog, we explore how interpretive signs can benefit your building or infrastructure project by promoting sustainability, gaining public buy-in to green methodologies, and earning credits for certification.
You have a landscape plan in hand. Now you need to buy your plants. Marina French, restoration designer and landscape architect with The Watershed Company, shares what you should consider when deciding between buying plants a local nursery versus a big box store.
What determines how much a plant costs? The Watershed Company's restoration designer and landscape architect Marina French describes why plant costs and store prices vary, and finally, our favorite quality plants that won’t break the bank.
When choosing plants for your garden, our landscape architects and designers consider a lot of variables. In this post, we look at the practical and aesthetic considerations in choosing native plants for landscapes (along with some beautiful photos).
The palette of native shrubs to choose from in the Pacific Northwest is so wide and varied that it can be difficult to narrow down your options when it's time to start planting. Marina French, restoration designer and landscape architect at The Watershed Company, shares five native shrubs that have a proven track record in our landscape designs (and include tasty berries, too!).
Have you purchased a property with critical areas or buffers that are in need of landscape maintenance? Do you wish to re-evaluate or change how your landscape is maintained within a critical area or buffer? Have you tried to change or clean up unruly vegetation, only to receive a notice from regulators that the area is within a critical area or buffer? If so, you could benefit from implementing a Vegetation Management Plan, or VMP, for your property.
What began as a practical proposition for a trail through a regulatory buffer turned into an educational opportunity at Odle Middle School. Marina French, landscape architect, shares how we used mitigation planning to engage visitors about wetland functions.