The World’s First Ocelot Bank

A friend of mine, Wayne White, was the head of the Sacramento Fish and Wildlife Field office back when wetland and species banking was really taking off in California. Today he works as a consultant to companies from Texas to California, helping them set up banks and programs in areas where there are new species and […]

Waterways before Waitangi Day – conservation in our agricultural land

One of the curious and beautiful things about doing business in New Zealand is that every year nothing really happens before Waitangi Day. Just ask an Auckland-er on Auckland anniversary weekend, or Christchurch-ite driving past abandoned Fulton Hogan road works. And so here we are, the first week of February, and I am pondering what […]

The best things are achieved by banking your offsets, not just trading them

The US Govt. officially prefers biodiversity offsets to come from offset banking After years of skepticism and missed targets – and an enormous amount of hard work – the USA’s mitigation banking (their term for Offset Banking) is finally, officially, correct. This month, the wonderful Mr. Mike Sprague from TroutHeadwaters released this press release: The […]

Update on New Zealand’s Biodiversity Offsets – from the latest Invercargill Workshop

I last wrote about New Zealand’s offsetting market in 2012. Three years later, I’ve come back to a planning workshop led by two of New Zealand’s experts on biodiversity offsetting policy and implementation: Dr. Marie Brown, and Dr. Graham Ussher. I’m keen to know what’s happened recently, and where trends might be headed. Since commencing […]

Cautionary Tales and Real Stories – What else does the latest USACE Memo tell us?

Amongst the annoying Job Advertisements and links to questionably-relevant internet articles, LinkeIn occasionally incubates a little Gem. Those in the Mitigation Industry – be it Endangered Species or Wetlands – might be just as interested as I in the elegant discussion concerning the US Army Corps’ of Engineers’ recent memo. I like to share. The […]

Nothing to say about a 4(d) Rule Proposal? How about the Lesser Prarie Chicken?

Comments closed last week on a US Fish and Wildlife proposal regarding measures to conserve, and potentially list, the Lesser Prairie Chicken (LPC). The bureaucratic wheels of policy process aren’t to everyone’s interest, but those who were savvy might have taken the time to comment while they could. 23, 773 people and organizations did, including […]

Getting More Of A Good Thing? California Introduces New Law on Conservation Banking

Published just now on Ecosystem Marketplace: My article on the new CA Conservation Banking Legislation… New legislation from California on conservation banking could invigorate the state’s long-running but stagnate industry and serve as a framework for other states and even at the national level. But the conservation banking sector is in disagreement over if the […]

What we were watching for at the NMBEC 2013 – and what we saw.

The 2014 Date for the National Mitigation Banking Association (NMBA) Annual Conference will soon be announced. This comes hot of the heals of the release of proceedings from the 2013 Conference in New Orleans, made available for the conference attendees – for those who wanted to revise slides in more detail, or those who want […]

Eko-Eco Post “Getting more of a good thing? California’s new Conservation Banking Legislation”

From my post on Ecosystem Marketplaces’ Eko-Eco Blog: “Getting more of a good thing? California’s new Conservation Banking Legislation” On June 5th, California passed Senate Bill 1148, so enacting legislation under the Fish and Game Code to set up new rules and processes around how Conservation Banking is done in the State. Read more here […]

MisJP on EcoBlue Blog: “The Debutante, Larry and the Cynic”

As published at the EcoBlu Blog of Trout Headwaters International: “The Debutante, Larry and the Cynic” My review of the National Mitigation Banking Association Conference in New Orleans, 2013. What’s important enough to take through till next year… First-time attendee’s of the NMBA annual conference come to learn about mitigation and conservation banking – it’s […]