Courses and Events

June 25, 2018
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 is for federal and state regulators who serve on mitigation bank and in-lieu fee program Interagency Review Teams (IRTs).

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August 7, 2018
This 3-day workshop is designed for teams from gateway communities that have participated in the Appalachian Gateway Communities Initiative (AGCI) or are ready to implement new or ongoing community projects. 

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September 17, 2018

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.

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October 9, 2018
This four-day course presented by The Conservation Fund’s Freshwater Institute will cover the fundamentals of water reuse systems for fish culture including circular task design and management, and include a discussion of system operation & management, and system design. Other course modules include:

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December 4, 2018
Aquaculture Innovation Workshops (AIW) provides an opportunity for aquaculture producers, scientists, engineers, aquaculture industry suppliers, regulators and investors to communicate progress on the technical, biological and economic feasibility of culturing fish – particularly salmon – to post-smolt or market size in closed-containment systems using floating or recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) technology. These international summits have been hosted by The Conservation Fund's Freshwater Institute, Tides Canada, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, and the Atlantic Salmon Federation. 

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December 12, 2018
Gateway communities steward the heritage and resources of public lands while providing lodging, food, and services to residents and people from around the world. Proximity to public lands heralds a responsibility while offering opportunities for economic well-being, community character, recreation, and enjoyment of the country’s heritage and scenic beauty.  Nevertheless, gateway communities are facing challenges: some loved so deeply that they are being overwhelmed, while others face such severe economic challenges that they may not even see conservation as a tool for economic growth or a future for their children in the land they love.

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February 26, 2019
During this 3-day course, community-based teams will focus on the economics, community character, natural resources, and partnership-building skills necessary for creating sustainable communities.  Teams will identify opportunities to differentiate their communities based upon their unique assets, have the opportunity to hear the latest trends in bringing alternative energy or transportation or sustainable agriculture practices to their rural communities, and develop specific action plans for implementation when they return home!

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