Spring Transitions - Bat Time of Year Restrictions

Hibernating northern long-eared bat (photo courtesy of Al Hicks, New York DEC)

Hibernating northern long-eared bat (photo courtesy of Al Hicks, New York DEC)

As we transition into warmer weather across Virginia and Maryland, bats in the area are emerging from their winter roosts as they transition to migration and breeding seasons.  If your projects involve tree clearing, you may need to follow time of year restrictions for those bat species recognized as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act.  

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Swamp Pink Surveys Help Avoid Costly Project Delays

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It’s time for another season of swamp pink (Helonias bullata) surveys!  If your project site will require wetlands permitting and is within or near known swamp pink habitat, you can minimize impacts to your project schedule by having Wetland Studies and Solutions conduct a swamp pink habitat evaluation or survey early in the development process – preferably during the April 15 - May 31 survey window or during the June 1 – September 30 window.

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2019 Dam Safety Grants

WSSI staff inspecting a dam.

WSSI staff inspecting a dam.

The Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) has announced that dam owners and local governments can apply for $1,000,000 in grants from the Virginia Dam Safety, Flood Prevention, and Protection Assistance Fund. For existing state regulated dams that are owned by local governments or private entities, 50% matching grants will be available to help offset engineering costs associated with dam safety improvements. Applications are due March 29.

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