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 […]

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 […]

‘Take’ or not to ‘Take’ – the Kaantz Decision and Mitigation Banking

Now Published on Ecosystem Marketplace Mitigation Mail, and At a time where the mitigation banking industry is looking to cement it’s place as the gold standard of wetland compensation, this week’s Supreme Court decision in Florida’s Koontz v St Johns River Water Management District decision is not all good news.  Although the Corps issued […]

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 […]

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 […]

EPA retrospectively veto’s a Corps permit, and it might just be OK.

EPA retrospectively veto’s a Corps permit, and it might just be OK. My passion – Environmental Law. I researched and followed a recent court decision concerning the EPA and DC Court regarding 404 Permits, with relevance to the Mitigation Banking Industry. Take a look at Ecosystem Marketplace Blog Eko-Eco. Love to hear what you think. […]