Federal And State Agencies Gather For Wetlands Mitigation Training

June 21, 2010

Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge

Wetlands at Blackwater NWR. Photo by Nikographer/www.nikographer.com

Shepherdstown, WV — This week The Conservation Fund brings together staff from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (the Corps), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and several state agencies for a comprehensive training on wetland mitigation programs.

The unique week-long course, held once a year at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, WV, provides federal and state regulators with expertise on how to efficiently review and oversee the establishment and operation of wetland mitigation banks and in-lieu fee programs, in accordance with timelines and requirements set forth by the Corps and the EPA in 2008 under the Clean Water Act.

“Our nation’s wetlands and streams provide critical environmental functions, including protecting and improving water quality and providing habitat for fish and wildlife,” said Kris Hoellen, director of The Conservation Fund’s Conservation Leadership Network. “Participants in the training course hail from across the nation, reflecting the commitment and importance the sponsoring agencies place on restoring our valuable and vulnerable wetland ecosystems with successful compensatory projects.”

Across the country, corporate and community leaders seek conservation solutions that benefit both the economy and environment. From tourism to transportation, commercial growth to community development, conservation plays an increasingly strategic role — and collaboration is key. The Conservation Fund’s Conservation Leadership Network® makes such collaboration possible. Created in 1998, CLN brings diverse professionals together to forge conservation solutions. By providing an open environment for learning and dialogue, CLN inspires participants to test new ideas and build partnerships that generate lasting on-the ground results.

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