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 […]

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 […]

‘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 […]