Conservation banking is a tool to conserve endangered, threatened, and other at-risk species and their habitat that reduces risks associated with the use of compensatory mitigation. Other benefits include:
- Regulatory efficiencies for agencies, industry, project proponents, bank sponsors, and credit buyers
- Increased transparency and predictability through advance planning at a landscape level
- Greater economic incentives for conserving species that result in effective and sustainable conservation outcomes
This course is designed to foster collaboration among regulators, bank and other mitigation sponsors, and users - ensuring that all entities have a thorough grounding in conservation banking policy in order to facilitate the establishment of banks and in-lieu fee programs on the ground. In addition to addressing core elements of conservation banking establishment and implementation, this advanced course also covers in-lieu fee programs and other credit trading systems and concepts.
- Provide a thorough grounding in the relevant federal policy and regulations guiding the review, establishment, and operation of conservation banks and in-lieu fee programs
- Enable participants to identify the need for and opportunities associated with conservation banking programs including economic benefits of third party compensatory offsets from both a bankers’ and users’ perspective
- Provide practitioners and reviewers expertise on how conservation banks and in-lieu fee programs are effectively and efficiently reviewed and overseen in both their establishment and operation
- Provide leadership and team building skills necessary to be an effective member of a conservation banking partnership and, for agency staff, an effective member of a Conservation Banking Review Team
Target AudienceA pre-determined number of slots are available to representatives of sponsoring agencies including: US Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS), NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service NMFS), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), USDA Office of Environmental Markets (OEM), Department of Defense (DOD), US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), and Bureau of Land Management (BLM), as well as representatives from state agency counterparts (by application, see below).
How To RegisterFederal Agency Representatives:
Those interested in attending should contact their agency POC (see list below) as soon as possible as slots are limited. POCs will compile and submit their list of participants to course organizers by June 23rd, after which time notifications will be sent to all confirmed participants.
Federal Agency Points of Contact:
- FWS: Christy Johnson-Hughes (email@example.com)
- NMFS: Angela Somma (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- FHWA/DOT: Mike Ruth (email@example.com) or Dan Buford (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- USDA: Chris Harley (email@example.com)
- DOD: Ryan Ornforff (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- USACE: Steve Martin (email@example.com)
- BLM: Deblyn Mead (firstname.lastname@example.org)
State Agency Representatives:
Representatives from state wildlife agencies are also encouraged to apply to attend this course. State DOT representatives should contact the FHWA POCs listed above. Preference will be given to applicants that attend alongside their federal counterparts. To apply, link to the State Agency Application. The application deadline is June 16th! Notifications will be sent by late-June.
Course CostsThanks to the generous support from the sponsoring agencies, there is no tuition to attend this training. A block of lodging rooms has been reserved at the National Conservation Training Center (NCTC). Lodging and meal packages (including private room and full meal plan) are available for $152/night, which is within the per diem rate. Logistical information - including instructions to secure your lodging room - will be provided to all confirmed participants.
Additional InformationFor more information about NCTC, go to http://training.fws.gov/campus/. For more information, please contact Margarita Carey (304-876-7924 | email@example.com).
Event LocationNational Conservation Training Center (NCTC)
698 Conservation Way
Shepherdstown, WV 25443