Wetland and Streams

Priority Species Profile: Great Blue Heron

Priority Species Profile: Great Blue Heron

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.

A Homebuyer's Guide to Critical Areas

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.

How to Clean Up Your Landscape Within a Critical Area

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.

Using Critical Areas as Learning Tools in School Campuses

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.