03/27/14: WETLAND AND STREAM RESTORATION IN THE ALABAMA RIVER BASIN ENHANCED BY MITIGATION BANK (Westervelt Ecological Services)
Alabama River Mitigation Bank (ARMB), a project by private mitigation company Westervelt Ecological Services, has been approved by agencies to restore plant and animal habitat – mostly wetlands and stream rehabilitation – on 971 acres in Wilcox and Monroe Counties. The first issue of credits (Wetland - Bottomland Hardwood and Stream) is now available.
06/07/13: NO NON-CONFORMANCES FOUND IN FORESTRY CERTIFICATION SURVEILLANCE AUDITS (The Westervelt Company)
The Westervelt Company certifies its forestry practices and wood products supply chain to both Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI®) and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®) standards, the first organization in Alabama to achieve this distinction. Annual surveillance audits by independent auditors are required to maintain certification. The 2013 surveillance audits performed in May revealed no non-conformances, validating the rigorous forestry management and fiber procurement practices embraced by the organization.
04/04/13: WESTERVELT ECOLOGICAL SERVICES MITIGATION BANK RECEIVES APPROVAL TO SELL CREDITS (Westervelt Ecological Services)
The approval of Meridian Ranch Mitigation Bank by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife adds 377 acres of vernal pool and Swainson’s hawk (Buteo swansoni) habitat to the Northeastern Sacramento Valley Vernal Pool Region.
05/14/12: CBIA Hosts Mitigation Banking Coalition Meeting (Westervelt Ecological Services)
Last week, CBIA played host to over 40 mitigation bank operators and consultants that have recently formed a lobbying coalition seeking to advance legislation this year to create a stable funding source for the Department and a streamlined mitigation bank application process.
05/06/12: Greene County is location for company turning wood chips into fuel (Westervelt Renewable Energy)
Tuscaloosa-based Westervelt Co. is building a plant in Aliceville in Pickens County that will make wood pellets that will be exported to Europe, where they will be burned at electrical utility plants. And at Westervelt's Moundville sawmill in Hale County, turbines were added last year to produce electricity that is generated from the burning of sawdust and waste wood used to heat the plant's wood-drying kilns. The turbines produce enough electricity to supply the power needs of 3,000 homes a year. Alabama Power Co. has teamed up with Westervelt on that project. (The Tuscaloosa News)
02/28/12: Building a Bank Takes More Than Just Snakes (Westervelt Ecological Services)
In an area surrounded by rice fields and flanked by the Sutter bypass, there is a small but fertile area filled with water and plant life, but there are no crops growing here. This land has become a home dedicated to the giant garter snake. The spot in question is the 429-acre Sutter Basin Conservation Bank, created by Westervelt Ecological Services in 2008, and according to U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Biologist Dwight Harvey, "this bank has become one of the best examples of created habitat for the giant garter snake in the Sacramento Valley." What was once agricultural land in an area surrounded by rice and other crops has become much more than that. (US Fish & Wildlife Service - Sacramento Fish & Wildlife Service)