June 22, 2015
This course is offered by the US Army Corps of Engineers, US Environmental Protection Agency and US Fish & Wildlife Service, in partnership with The Conservation Fund. This comprehensive week-long training for federal and state regulators who serve on mitigation bank and in-lieu fee program Interagency Review Teams (IRTs) will:
- Provide IRT’s with a thorough grounding in the relevant federal policy guiding the review, establishment, and management of mitigation banks and in-lieu fee programs.
- Build IRT expertise at both the individual and team level. These skills will be developed through a combination of both presentations and exercises that rely upon existing federal policies, case studies of existing interagency review efforts, and hearing from experienced members of interagency review teams. IRT’s will leave with solid expertise on how to effectively and efficiently review and oversee the establishment and operation of mitigation banks and in-lieu fee programs.
- Develop the leadership skills necessary to be an effective member of an IRT.
In sum, this course will marry the technical knowledge upon which environmentally sound decisions are made with the leadership skills necessary for achieving effective decision-making.
July 13, 2015
Conservation banking is a tool to conserve species and their habitat, while simultaneously streamlining the mitigation process for regulatory agencies, bank sponsors, project permittees and credit buyers. This course is designed to foster collaboration among regulators, bankers 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 covering the core elements of conservation banking establishment and implementation, In-Lieu Fee and other associated credit trading systems and concepts will be addressed.