June 26, 2023

The 2023 course offering is a comprehensive course about compensatory mitigation and includes content from former courses titled: Conservation Banking Training Course and Training Course for Mitigation Banking & In-Lieu Fee (ILF) Program Interagency Review Teams (IRTs) 

Compensatory mitigation 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 compensatory mitigation bank establishment and implementation, this advanced course also covers in-lieu fee programs and other credit trading systems and concepts.

Course Objectives

  • Provide a thorough grounding in the relevant federal policy and regulations guiding the review, establishment, and operation of compensatory mitigation banks and in-lieu fee programs
  • Enable participants to identify the need for and opportunities associated with compensatory mitigation programs including economic benefits of third party compensatory offsets from both a bankers’ and users’ perspective
  • Provide practitioners and reviewers expertise on how compensatory mitigation 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 compensatory mitigation banking partnership and, for agency staff, an effective member of a Mitigation Review Team

Target Audience

A pre-determined number of slots are available to representatives of partnering 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), US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and Bureau of Land Management (BLM), as well as representatives from state agency counterparts and other mitigation partners (by application, see below).

How To Register

Federal Agency Representatives:
Those interested in attending should contact their agency POC (see list below) ASAP as slots are limited. POCs will fill their agency's slots from among the requests received then submit their list of participants to course organizers by April 15th. 

Federal Agency Points of Contact:

State Agency Representatives and Other Mitigation Partners:
Representatives from state agencies and other mitigation partner organizations (e.g., NGOs) are also welcome to apply to attend this course. Preference will be given to applicants that participate in the compensatory mitigation process either as a regulator or credit user. The application deadline is Friday, April 15th. CLICK HERE TO APPLY.

Course Details & Costs

The 2023 course will take place at the USFWS National Conservation Training Center (NCTC) in Shepherdstown, WV. Thanks to the generous support from the sponsoring agencies, there is no tuition to attend this training. Course participants are responsible for travel to and from the course as well as lodging and meals during the course. A block of lodging rooms has been reserved at NCTC; lodging and meals packages (including private room & full mean plan) are available for $172/night, which is within the per diem rate. Travel and other logistical information will be provided to all confirmed participants by the end of April.

Additional Information

For questions about course logistics, please contact Margarita Carey (mcarey@conservationfund.org).