Water & Land Solutions

Great Time in Colorado!

It was great to connect with friends and colleagues at the Rocky Mountain Stream Restoration Conference in Estes Park, CO.

After the conference, we were fortunate to hike the Chasm Lake Trail in Rocky Mountain National Park. This high-altitude trail provides breathtaking views and an alpine lake tucked into a glacial cirque below the towering East Face of 14,259-foot Longs Peak.

Along the trail we observed wildlife, amazing geologic features, and even learned a new term called ‘Krummholz’, which means twisted wood in German and describes the stunted, irregular growth patterns of trees in the ecological transition zone between subalpine forests and alpine tundra. We even found a restoration site above 11,000 feet!   

Field Class Time!

Last week Adam and Catherine spent a few days acquainting our new hires Kyle, Emily, and Nick on the intricacies and processes associated with some of our mitigation sites. The crew got a great look at both Coastal Plain and Piedmont sites. The team reviewed hydric soil conditions, wetland delineation, and baseline data collection methods to assess stream conditions. WLS is excited about the new additions to the team and integrating them into our existing projects. As a company comprised of engineers and scientists, we take great pleasure in developing our People through education, research, and project implementation.

Field Day at Toms Creek

Yesterday, some of our team members were lucky enough to enjoy the lovely fall weather in Pilot Mountain! Pebble counts and sediment samples are always better when the weather is perfect! This site is extra fun to work at because we always get an animal field crew that tags along!

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Look what we FOUND!

Our field staff found these projectile points within inches of each other on a gravel bar within a stream. The larger lanceolate spear point is likely a "Guilford flat base" point from the Middle Archaic Period (5200-6000 years ago). The smaller is broken near the top so a tougher ID. It appears to be a type of stemmed or notched projectile from the Early to Middle Archaic Period, so these were potentially made hundreds to thousands of years apart from each other.  Both pieces are made of rhyolite from the Carolina Slate Belt region.

Green Treefrog Hitchhiker!

While in the field today at the Pen Dell Site in Johnston County, NC we found a Green Treefrog. The little guy decided to hitch a ride on our GPS tablet.

Fun Fact: "Herpetologists have found that this species and other treefrogs will occupy plastic PVC pipes that are placed around wetlands. This method has been used to monitor populations of treefrogs in North Carolina." Click here to learn more fun facts about Green Treefrogs!

White irisette

Sisyrinchium dichotomum

This week some of our WLS staff had the opportunity to conduct an endangered species survey for the White irisette. The survey was completed in Polk County, NC. This perennial herb lives on mid-elevation slopes in dry to moderate moisture oak hickory forests. They like partial sunlight and grow from 10 to 16 inches tall. Good news! Many of the previously documented areas of occurrence were located! The White irisette is threatened by human disturbances, with residential development and road development being the biggest disturbances.

A bonus of the trip was getting to observe beautiful views from the top of White Oak Mountain!

To learn more about the White irisette click the link below.

https://www.fws.gov/southeast/pdf/fact-sheet/white-irisette.pdf