Conservation Leadership NetworkConservation Leadership Network
June 20, 2021
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).

Course Goals

  • 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 based 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.

Target Audience

A pre-determined number of slots are available to agencies whose representatives serve on Interagency Review Teams (IRTS), including: US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), US Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS), and NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), as well as representatives from their state agency counterparts (by application, see below).


Federal Agency Representatives:
Those interested in attending should contact their agency POC (see below) as soon as possible. POCs will fill their agency's slots from among the requests received then submit their list of confirmed participants to course organizers by June 19, 2020. Update: Slots for most agencies are already filled but your POC can put you on a waitlist in case someone is not able to attend. Confirmation emails including logistical information will be sent to individuals in late-June.

Federal Agency Points of Contact:
State Agency Representatives:
Representatives from state agencies are also encouraged to apply to attend this course. Preference will be given to applicants that serve on an IRT, and to those attending alongside their federal counterparts. To apply, link to the State Agency Application. The application deadline is June 12, 2020. Notification emails including logistical information will be sent to individuals in late-June.

Course Costs

Thanks 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 $161/night which is inclusive of a $15/night sustainability fee. Logistical information - including instructions to secure your lodging room - will be provided to all confirmed participants along with notifications of acceptance.

Event Location

US FWS National Conservation Training Center (NCTC)
698 Conservation Way
Shepherdstown, WV 25443

Additional Information

For more information about NCTC, go to For questions on course logistics and state applications, please contact Margarita Carey (304-876-7924 |