Workshops

Workshops are part of the pre-conference activities. They are optional extras. Some workshops are offered at an additional fee and some are included with your Conference Registration. We recommend you register early for early savings and to ensure your spot as some have limited capacity.

Monday, May 7, 2018

10 a.m.–5:30 p.m.     Conservation Finance and Entrepreneurship Workshop

Contact us for sponsorship opportunities.
Advanced Fee (by 3/15/18): $155

Advancing the field of conservation finance and entrepreneurship. This day long workshop will focus on conservation finance, investment and entrepreneurship. We will reflect on how the first year of the Trump Presidency has affected our industry and learn about the latest trends, such as green bonds. The afternoon will be dedicated to a deep dive into actual transactions, case studies and market opportunities. Numerous networking opportunities, with investors, asset managers, company executives and project developers will be provided over the course of the day.

2–5 p.m.     Basics of In-Lieu Fee Mitigation for Species and Wetlands 101 Workshop

Includes access to online audio and materials. Advanced Fee (by 3/15/18): $125

FACILITATORS:  Jessica Wilkinson, Senior Policy Advisor, Mitigation, The Nature Conservancy, Arlington, VA; Sara Mascola, Program Advisor, The Nature Conservancy, Denver, CO; Rebecca Kihslinger, Science and Policy Analyst and Director of the Wetlands Program, Environmental Law Institute, Washington, DC

Facilitated by The Nature Conservancy and The Environmental Law Institute, the purpose of the workshop is to provide an overview of the basics of the in-lieu fee program approval process and expectations for program design and operation. Experienced in-lieu fee practitioners should attend the workshop titled “In-Lieu Fee Mitigation for Species and Wetlands — Advanced Topics” on Tuesday.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

8 a.m. –12:30 p.m   Basics of Banking 101 Workshop

Includes access to online audio and materials. Advanced Fee (by 3/15/18): $175

FACILITATORS:  David Olson, Regulatory Program Manager, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Washington, D.C.; Hall Holland, Assistant Regional Manager and John Wigginton, Southeast Regional Manager, Westervelt Ecological Services, Sacramento, Calif.; and Craig Denisoff, President, Craig Denisoff Consulting, Davis, Calif.

Ideal for those new to or exploring an interest in mitigation or conservation banking.

How-to’s of both Mitigation and Conservation Banking are presented in this half-day workshop. Starting with the history of banking, this workshop addresses site selection and technical aspects, monitoring and the business of banking (legal, financial, marketing) including walking participant through a banking agreement.

9–11:30 a.m. In-Lieu Fee Programs for Species & Wetlands – ADVANCED Topics

Includes access to online audio and materials.  Advanced Fee (by 3/15/18): $125

FACILITATORS: Jessica Wilkinson, Senior Policy Advisor-Mitigation, Rebecca Kihslinger, Science and Policy Analyst, Environmental Law Institute, Washington, D.C., and Sara Mascola, Program Advisor, Development by Design, The Nature Conservancy, Washington, D.C.

Facilitated by The Nature Conservancy and The Environmental Law Institute, the purpose of the workshop is to provide a forum for current in-lieu fee practitioners to share expertise and best practices, thereby supporting the delivery of in-lieu fee programs that support high and consistent standards for compensatory mitigation. The workshop will cover a range of issues including, for example, the project approval process, long-term financing, and fee schedules. It is designed for an audience knowledgeable about in-lieu fee program operation. Those interested in learning the basics of ILF program design and operation should attend the workshop titled “In-Lieu Fee Mitigation for Species and Wetlands–101” Monday afternoon.

1–2:30 p.m.  Landowners & Environmental Markets – Opportunities for Your Land?

Advanced Fee (by 3/15/18): $60

MODERATOR: Tim Degraff, Chief Executive Officer, WRA, Inc., San Rafael, Calif.

A workshop style panel discussion for the landowner who wants to understand how their land may fit with opportunities in the mitigation/conservation banking and environmental markets industry. This panel will walk them through the potential opportunities, identifying certain criteria and considerations of land that may fit within the opportunities. This will also prepare landowners for productive engagement with bankers and consultants at the conference.

PANELISTS:
Douglas P. Wheeler, Partner, Hogan Lovells, Washington, D.C.
Jeffrey Kauttu, Principal Appraiser, Kauttu Valuation, St. Augustine, Fla.
George Howard, Co-Founder/CEO, Restoration Systems, Raleigh, N.C.
Kerryann Weaver, Environmental Scientist, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 5, Chicago Ill.

1–2:30 p.m. Regulatory In-Lieu Fee & Bank Information Tracking System Workshop

Advanced Fee (by 3/15/18): $60

FACILITATORS:  Beattie Starr Williams, Director, Computer Sciences & Consulting Services, Applied Research Associates, Vicksburg, Miss.; Shannon Langford, Senior Software Engineer, Applied Research Associates, Inc., Huntsville, Ala.; and Steve Martin, Environmental Scientist, Institute for Water Resources, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Alexandria, Va.

A web-based application developed by the Corps with support from EPA and US FWS, Regulatory In-Lieu Fee & Bank Information Tracking System (RIBITS) is being utilized by the Corps and FWS to provide information on mitigation and conservation banking activities. RIBITS provides a range of information on mitigation and conservation banking including bank locations, service areas, credit type and availability, ledgers, and supporting documentation.

The first part of the workshop includes navigation in RIBITS including entering and editing data in RIBITS, entering credit transactions in bank ledgers, loading documents and images, creation of bank limits and service areas, and editing bank data.

The second part focuses on data mining — user-generated queries data, export of data, and geographic searches. It focuses on entering and editing data in RIBITS, including entering credit transactions in bank ledgers, loading documents and images, creation of bank limits and service areas, and editing bank data.

1–2:30 p.m. Sales and Marketing Workshop & Roundtables

Advanced Fee (by 3/15/18): $60

FACILITATORS: Sheri F. Lewin, President and Kae Hovater, Director of Research and Analysis, Environmental Resource Marketing, Clermont, Fla.; Troy Madrigal, Vice President and Chelsea Nikmard, Mitigation Sales Manager, MSUSA, Houston, Tex.; and Travis Hemmen, Vice President, Westervelt Ecological Services, Sacramento, Calif.

The roundtable workshop begins with an overview of topics, and then will breakout into 5 different roundtable topics related to sales and marketing of credits. Participants will rotate to three of the five topics during the workshop, spending approximately 20 minutes on each topic where each table’s presenter will provide a short presentation on the topic followed by open discussion and Q&A to groups of 12-15 around the table. Roundtable Topics include: Client Relations and Education (teaching tools and a discussion on the importance of educating clients through the complex process of mitigation banking); The Power of Networking (Strategy, Execution and Technique and the importance of positive business relationships); Price Quotes (as an industry we are challenged by the perception of prices); Permitting Support-When and How To Help Potential Clients (sales are made when permits are issued; the discussion will focus on how to manage this process); and Evaluating Key Demand Drivers- Successful Sales efforts begin in the Due Diligence Phase (learn about finding and evaluating future trends and opportunities).

2:45–4:15 p.m. ADVANCED Conservation Banking Workshop

Includes online access to audio and materials. Advanced Fee (by 3/15/18): $85

FACILITATORS:   Shauna Ginger, Ecosystem Services Biologist, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Portland, Ore. and Shauna Marquardt, Fish & Wildlife Biologist, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Columbia Mo.

An advanced course on conservation banking. (more details coming in January).

2:45–4:15 p.m. ADVANCED Stream Banking Workshop

Includes online access to audio and materials. Advanced Fee (by 3/15/18): $85

FACILITATORS:   Steve Jones, President, Meanders River Restoration, Ellijay, Ga. and Jennifer Walker, Chief of Evaluation Branch, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth, Tex.

Setting up standards, expectations – and construction that meets these expectations – are part of the advanced course on stream banking designed to help the stream banker, mitigation provider and regulator improve their processes. The facilitators will use examples of their challenges, lessons and successes to help guide the audience towards improved processes and practices. Includes an example of how the Bureau of Reclamation’s independent evaluation helped one district make improvements and establish best practices.

4:30–5:45 p.m. Risks and Rewards of Bank vs. ILF vs. PRM (for the user, provider, and regulator of mitigation)

Advanced Fee (by 3/15/18): $85 ((Included with Federal, State & Local Government registration)

[Detailed description coming soon]