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.
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.
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.
Hugh Mortensen, President of The Watershed Company, shares a tip for jurisdictions who want to improve the success rates of wetland mitigation sites.
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.
It's a frequent question among property owners of all types. Katy Crandall, ecologist and arborist with The Watershed Company, explains the difference.