National Mitigation & Ecosystem Banking Conference
2013 Annual Conference

May 7–10, 2013
Sheraton New Orleans
New Orleans, Louisiana

Conference by JT&A, inc.
National Mitigation & Ecosystem Banking Conference
c/o JT&A, inc.
14524-F Lee Road
Chantilly, VA 20151
Phone: (800) 726-4853
Fax: (703) 997-8690
Email: cbahler@comcast.net

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SEMIFINAL PROGRAM

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  SUPPORTERS 
The Conservation Fund
Ecosystem Investment Partners
Environmental Banc & Exchange, LLC
Federal Highway Administration
GreenVest, LLC
Marsh Resources, LLC
Mogensen Mitigation, Inc.
National Mitigation Banking Association

Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture
New Forests, Inc.
Restoration Systems, LLC
Timbervest, LLC
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Westervelt Ecological Services
The Wetlandsbank™ Group
Wildlands
WRA Environmental Consultants

    

The only National conference that brings together key players in this industry, and offers quality hands-on sessions and important regulatory updates. Learn from & network with the 400+ attendees the conference draws, offering perspectives from bankers, regulators, and users. Participate in

  • Interactive sessions -- banker, regulator and user perspectives
  • Legislative, Regulatory & Litigation Update by key officials
  • Trends in Banking Plenary
  • National Corps Workshop
  • National NOAA-FWS Workshop
  • Stream Banking Workshop
  • Regulatory In lieu fee and Bank Information Tracking System (RIBITS) Training Workshop
  • Mitigation & Conservation Banking Primer Workshop
  • Field Trips
  • Regulator, Banker & User Forums
  • Sessions featuring key players in the industry
  • Exhibits, Networking Opportunities -- Reception, Lunch, Breakfasts & More!
IT'S YOUR OPPORTUNITY TO . . .

Gain Insights -- Explore New Markets –– Get Updates on Regulations, Rules & Courts, PLUS…

  • Get updates on the new regulations and the federal regulatory and legislative climate, as well as recent court cases.
  • Connect with others in the industry
  • Find new business opportunities
  • Gains hands-on how-to technical information.
  • Learn how others are practicing and dealing with issues throughout the U.S. & abroad
  • Learn how mitigation and conservation banking work
  • Understand and explore emerging and multiple markets, ecosystem banking, stream banking and more!

YOU NEED ATTEND IF YOU ARE . . .

Involved in – or have an interest in — mitigation and conservation banking and expanding markets. Attendees include:

  • Agribusiness, farmers, conservation districts
  • Engineers, scientists
  • Environmental advocates
  • Environmental attorneys
  • Federal, state and local officials, planners and regulators
  • Investors
  • Landowners
  • Landscape architects and nurseries
  • Land trusts and conservancies
  • Mitigation & Conservation bankers (practicing and potential)
  • Oil, gas, timber & mining industries
  • Real estate – builders, developers, appraisers, agents
  • Suppliers to the restoration industry
  • Transportation – highways, railroads, ports, others
  • Users of the banking and restoration industry
  • Utilities & more!

CONFERENCE DEADLINES

EARLY BIRD DEADLINES

  • Conference Registration: January 25, 2012
  • Exhibitor Registration: January 25, 2012 (space limited)
  • Field Trip Fees: January 25, 2012
  • Workshops Registration: January 25, 2012
  • Scholarship Fund: January 25, 2012
  • Conference Packet Insert Placement: March 25, 2012
  • Full page Ad in Final Program (inside front or back cover): April 16, 2012
  • Hotel Reservation (for group rate): April 20, 2012* or until room block is sold out -- Book Early!

PRE-CONFERENCE DEADLINES

  • Exhibitor Registration: February 25, 2012 (space limited)
  • Conference Registration: March 15, 2012
  • Field Trip Fees: March 15, 2012
  • Workshops Registration: March 15, 2012
  • Conference Packet Insert Placement: March 25, 2012
  • Full page Ad in Final Program (inside front or back cover): April 16, 2012
  • Hotel Reservation (for group rate): April 20, 2012* or until room block is sold out -- Book Early!

LATE DEADLINES

  • Exhibitor Registration: February 25, 2012 (if space available)
  • Conference Registration: after March 15, 2012
  • Field Trip Fees: after March 15, 2012
  • Workshops Registration: after March 15, 2012
  • Conference Packet Insert Placement: after March 25, 2012
  • Full page Ad in Final Program (inside front or back cover): April 16, 2012
  • Hotel Reservation (for group rate): April 20, 2012* or until room block is sold out -- Book Early!
* IMPORTANT NOTE: Hotel Rooms are limited at the special rate, so make your reservations before the deadline, and make sure you make them no later than April 20, 2012, to have a chance at this special rate!

Opening Session begins Wednesday (May 9) at 4:30 p.m.

MONDAY, May 7, 2012
12:30 - 5:30 p.m. Registration Open
TUESDAY, May 8, 2012
Pre-Conference Workshops & Field Trips
7 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Registration Open

8 a.m. - Noon
(optional activity)

Registration includes reference materials and online audio proceedings.

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Mitigation & Conservation Banking
Primer Workshop 101

Early registration fee: $145 (by 1/25/12)
Pre-conference fee: $195 (by 3/15/12)
Late/Onsite Fee: $225 (after 3/15/12)

Facilitators: Robert W. Brumbaugh, Senior Policy Analyst, Institute for Water Resources, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Alexandria, Va.; Greg Sutter, Vice President, Westervelt Ecological Services, Sacramento, Calif., and Craig Denisoff, President, Craig Denisoff Consulting, Davis, Calif.

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Noon - 4 p.m. Exhibitor Setup

12:15 - 2:15 p.m.
(optional activity)

Box lunch provided

Session not recorded.

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RIBITS Training Workshop
Early registration fee: $40 (by 1/25/12)
Pre-conference fee: $50 (by 3/15/12)
Late fee (if space available): $55 (after 3/15/12)

Facilitated by Steve Martin, Environmental Planner, Institute for Water Resources, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Norfolk, Va.

RIBITS (Regulatory In lieu fee and Bank Information Tracking System) is a web-based application developed by the Corps with support from EPA and US FWS. 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 hour of the workshop is an orientation to RIBITS for all users and includes navigation in RIBITS, overview of RIBITS features, user-generated queries of RIBITS data, export of data, and geographic searches.

The second hour is aimed at bank sponsors, Corps and FWS Bank Managers, and IRT members. 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 - 5 p.m.
(optional activity)

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FIELD TRIP
Cosumnes Floodplain Mitigation Bank
hosted by Westervelt Ecological Services

Early registration fee: $45 (by 1/25/12)
Pre-conference fee: $55 (by 3/15/112
Late fee (if space available): $75 (after 3/15/12)


Buses depart J Street Lobby at Convention Center at 1 p.m.
See special section on Field Trips in this program for more details.

1 - 5 p.m.
(optional activity)

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FIELD TRIP DETAILS

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FIELD TRIP
Sutter Basin Tour
hosted by The Natomas Basin Conservancy, Westervelt Ecological Services and Wildlands

Early registration fee: $45 (by 1/25/12)
Pre-conference fee: $55 (by 3/15/12)
Late fee (if space available): $75 (after 3/15/12)


Buses depart J Street Lobby at Convention Center at 1 p.m.
See special section on Field Trips in this program for more details.

2:30 - 6 p.m.
(optional activity)

Registration includes reference materials and online audio proceedings.

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Stream Mitigation Banking & Restoration Workshop
Early registration fee: $145 (by 1/25/12)
Pre-conference fee: $195 (by 3/15/12)
Late/Onsite Fee: $225 (after 3/15/12)

Facilitators: Tara Disy Allden, Regulatory Manager, Restoration Systems, Raleigh, N.C.; Steve Jones, President, Meanders River Restoration, Ellijay, Ga., and Adam Riggsbee, President, RiverBank Ecosystems, Austin, Tex.

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WEDNESDAY, May 9, 2012
7 a.m.- 6:30 p.m. Registration Open

7 - 10 a.m.
(optional activity)

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FIELD TRIP
Cosumnes Floodplain Mitigation Bank
hosted by Westervelt Ecological Services

Early registration fee: $45 (by 1/25/12)
Pre-conference fee: $55 (by 3/15/112
Late fee (if space available): $75 (after 3/15/12)


Buses depart J Street Lobby at Convention Center at 7 a.m.
See special section on Field Trips in this program for more details.

7 - 10 a.m.
(optional activity)

click here for
FIELD TRIP DETAILS

REGISTER NOW!

FIELD TRIP
Sutter Basin Tour
hosted by The Natomas Basin Conservancy, Westervelt Ecological Services and Wildlands

Early registration fee: $45 (by 1/25/12)
Pre-conference fee: $55 (by 3/15/12)
Late fee (if space available): $75 (after 3/15/12)


Buses depart J Street Lobby at Convention Center at 7 a.m.
See special section on Field Trips in this program for more details.

10 a.m.-
12:30 p.m
.
(Regulators only)
Session not recorded.

NO ADDITIONAL FEE!

Registration is required – use Conference Registration form.

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Regulators' Forum

Facilitated by Steve Martin, Environmental Planner, Institute for Water Resources, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Norfolk, Va., Palmer Hough, Environmental Scientist, Wetlands Division, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, D.C., Deborah Mead, National Conservation Banking Coordinator, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Arlington, Va., and Susan-Marie Stedman, Fisheries Biologist, National Marine Fisheries Service, NOAA, Silver Spring, Md.

This forum is a venue for federal and state regulators involved in regulating mitigation and conservation banking (those on IRTs) to discuss joint issues and concerns.

The larger forum will break into smaller groups as outlined below, and will reconvene following these smaller breakout sessions. Specific focus will be on Best Practices in Banking — a consideration of approaches that seem to work in a given state, district, or office.

(Regulator attendees should submit questions and/or concerns well in advance of the Conference to cbahler@comcast.net.)

10:25–11:25 a.m.
Corps Only Regulator Forum Breakout
 
Facilitated by Meg Gaffney-Smith, Chief, Regulatory Program, and David Olson, Regulatory Program Manager, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Washington, D.C., and Robert Brumbaugh, Senior Policy Analyst, Institute for Water Resources, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Alexandria, Va.

Corps staff involved in the IRT process will focus on best practices in banking, and address concerns, share experiences and learn more about the IRT process.

10:25–11:25 a.m.
USFWS/NOAA/EPA/State Regulator Breakout
Moderators: Deborah Mead, National Conservation Banking Coordinator, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Arlington, Va., and Angela Somma, Chief, Endangered Species Division, NOAA, Silver Spring, Md.

USFWS, NOAA, EPA and state agency staff involved in the mitigation and conservation banking regulatory process will focus on NRDA and Mitigation & Conservation Banking: What questions need to be answered?; and Successful Federal-State coordination on mitigation/conservation banking: What’s working well in your state?

11:25–12:30 p.m.
Regulator Forum — Whole Group Reconvenes

10:30-11:30 a.m.
Session not recorded.

NO ADDITIONAL FEE!

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Annual National Mitigation Banking Association Meeting (NMBA)

The National Mitigation Banking Association will hold its annual meeting. All NMBA members are welcome and encouraged to attend.

No additional charge for this meeting, but registration is required – use Conference Registration form.

11:30 a.m. -
12:30 p.m
.
(for Bankers, Suppliers, Consultants)
Session not recorded.

NO ADDITIONAL FEE!

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Bankers’ Forum
Facilitated by Stephen Collins, President, NMBA

The last part of the NMBA meeting will be devoted to a forum to address questions and concerns from bankers.  (Questions/concerns for Forum discussion should be submitted prior to the Conference; submit questions and/or concerns for discussion to cbahler@comcast.net.)

This forum is only for bankers and those interested in banking (not for users or regulators).

No additional charge for this forum, but registration is required – use Conference Registration form.

11:30 a.m.-
12:30 p.m
.
(for Users)
Session not recorded.


NO ADDITIONAL FEE!

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User's Forum

Facilitated by Corrie Veenstra, Ecologist, Office of Planning, Environment and Realty, Federal Highway Administration, Washington, D.C. and Susan Asmus, Staff Vice President for Environmental Regulatory Affairs, National Home Builders Association, Washington, D.C.

A gathering of those involved in the use of mitigation and conservation banks and other ecosystem programs throughout the United States in an effort to share experiences and address special concerns to users. (User attendees should submit questions and/or concerns for discussion to cbahler@comcast.net.)

No additional charge for this forum, but registration is required – use Conference Registration form.

12:30 - 2:30 p.m. Lunch on your own.
2:30 - 4 p.m. CONCURRENT SESSIONS

SESSION 1. Business of Banking Primer 102

Moderator: George I. Platt, General Counsel & Partner, The Wetlandsbank™ Group, West Palm Beach, Fla.

Death of a Salesman (and the Challenge of Selling Credits). Travis Hemmen, Business and Market Development, Westervelt Ecological Services, Sacramento, Calif.

How to Comply with the New Guidance for Financial Assurance. Robert Spoth, President, Ecosystems Insurance Associates, LLC, Woodbridge, Va.

Risk and Investment Decision in the Mitigation Banking Industry. Ben Guillon, Director, Mitigation Banking and Environmental Finance, WRA, Inc., San Rafael, Calif.

SESSION 2. Conservation & Fish Banking

MODERATOR: Maura Eagan Moody, Fisheries Biologist, National Marine Fisheries Service, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, Santa Rosa, Calif.

Liberty Island Conservation Bank for Salmon, Delta Smelt and Longfin Smelt. Julie Mentzer, Director of Environmental Operations, Wildlands PNW, Portland, Ore.

East Austin Creek Conservation Bank: Breaking New Ground for In-Stream Species Restoration & Conservation. Michael McCollum, Owner, McCollum Associates, Sacramento, Calif.

Conservation Banking for a Highly Migratory Species: Establishing Bank Locations & Credit Systems that Benefit Salmon & Steelhead. Howard Brown, Fisheries Biologist, National Marine Fisheries Service, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, Sacramento, Calif.

4 - 4:30 .m. Break in Exhibit Area
4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

OPENING SESSION PLENARY

MODERATOR: Stephen M. Collins, President, National Mitigation Banking Association

Colonel William J. Leady, District Engineer, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Sacramento District, Sacramento, Calif.

Kevin Hunting, Chief Deputy Director, California Department of Fish and Game, Sacramento, Calif.

Michael Bean, Counsel to the Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks, U.S. Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C.

5:30 - 7 p.m.

 

Welcome Reception in Exhibit Area
CoHosted by
NMBA, Wildlands and Timbervest, LLC

 

THURSDAY, May 10, 2012
7 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. Registration Open
8 - 9:30 a.m. CONCURRENT SESSIONS

SESSION 3.
Corps Implementation of the Mitigation Rule

Moderator: Robert Brumbaugh, Senior Policy Analyst and Group Manager, Institute for Water Resources, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Alexandria, Va.

New SOP for Calculating Compensatory Mitigation Credits for the State of Georgia. Justin Hammonds, District Mitigation Liaison, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Savannah District, Buford, Ga.

Mitigation Process Improvements within USACE Ft. Worth District. Brent Jasper, Senior Project Manager, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Ft. Worth, Tex.

The Ins & Outs of Mitigation Banking in the Sacramento District. James Robb, Senior Project Manager, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Sacramento, Calif.

SESSION 4.
Conservation, Species and Habitat Banking

Moderator: Deborah Mead, National Conservation Banking Coordinator, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Arlington, Va.

Mitigation for Non-listed Species: A Case Study with Greater Sage-grouse. Shauna Ginger, Ecosystem Services Biologist, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Portland, Ore. (co-author: Pat Deibert, National Sage-Grouse Coordinator, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Cheyenne, WY)

Deerleap Preserve Conservation Bank–Endangered Species Protection in Georgia. Kelly Siragusa, Conservation/Mitigation Manager, CORBLU Ecology, LLC, Lawrenceville, Ga.

Hays County HCP and the Integration of Conservation Banking and HCPs in Texas. Tanya Sommer, Supervisory Fish and Wildlife Biologist, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Austin, Tex.

9:30 - 10 a.m. Break in Exhibit Area
10 - 11:30 a.m. CONCURRENT SESSIONS

SESSION 5. Emerging Markets

Moderator: Jemma Denny, Research, Development and Market Analysis Consultant, Houston, Tex.

Effectiveness of Biodiversity Banking from Perspective of Japan. Kiichiro Hayashi, Professor, EcoTopia Science Institute, Nagoya University, Nagoya, Japan (Co-authors: Mr. Takahiro Ota (Nagoya University), Assistant Professor Hideyuki Ito (Nihon University)

An Update on Habitat Conservation Banking in Canada. Patrice LeBlanc, Senior Habitat and Environmental Specialist, SENES Consultants Limited, Kanata, Ontario Canada (Co-authors: Paul Patrick and Elaine Chen, SENES Consultants Limited, Ottawa and Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada)

The Ohio River Basin Water Quality Trading Project. Jessica Fox, Senior Manager, Electric Power Research Institute, Palo Alto, Calif.

SESSION 6. Tracking & Assessment

Moderator: Erik J. Meyers, Vice President for Sustainable Programs, The Conservation Fund, Arlington, Va.

New Federal Mitigation Rule – Increased Availability & Use of Banks? Sheri F. Lewin, President, Environmental Resource Marketing, Clermont, Fla.

An Analysis of National Mitigation and Conservation Banking Status and Trends Using RIBITS. Steven M. Martin, Environmental Planner, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Institute for Water Resources, Norfolk, Va. and Deborah Mead, National Conservation Banking Coordinator, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Arlington, Va.

 
11:30 a.m. -
1:45 p.m.
LUNCHEON PLENARY

Trends in Banking

Moderator: Steve Morgan, CEO, Wildlands, Rocklin, Calif.

ILF Programs Nationally & the Movement to Utilize ILF Funds to Purchase Mitigation Banking Credits. Doug Lashley, Managing Member, GreenVest, LLC, Annapolis, Md.

Louisiana Restoration and Contracting. George A. Howard, President, Restoration Systems, LLC, Raleigh, N.C.

Mitigation Banking Industry: Growing, Shrinking or Consolidating? David Urban, Director of Operations, Ecosystem Investment Partners, Towson, Md.

 
2 - 3:30 p.m. CONCURRENT SESSIONS

SESSION 7. Mitigation Planning

Moderator: Cara Roderick, Resource Protection Specialist, California Department Parks and Recreation, Sacramento, Calif.

Collaborative Planning by California’s Infrastructure Agencies. Andrea Williams, Senior Mitigation Biologist, California Department of Transportation, Sacramento, Calif. (Co-author: Natasha Nelson, Program Manager, FESSRO, California Department of Water Resources, Sacramento, Calif.)

Water Rights’ Role in Ecosystem Service Markets of the West. Chris Corbin, President, Lotic Water Marketing, Missoula, Mont.

Reconciling the Rule–When the “Law of the Land” Clashes with State and Local Rules and the Impact on Bankers and Regulated Community. Sheri F. Lewin, President, Environmental Resource Marketing, Clermont, Fla.

SESSION 8. Stream & Wetland Banking

Moderator: Robert Kessler, President & CEO, Environmental Heritage Investors, LLC, St. Augustine, Fla.

Mitigation Banking in Puerto Rico. Jaime Pabon, Vice President and Branch Manager, Ecological Services Division, Atkins Caribe, San Juan, P.R.

Strategies & Challenges of Incorporating Ephemeral Streams in the Mobile District Stream Mitigation Guidelines. Mike Moxey, Project Manager and IRT Team Chair, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile, Ala.

Nebraska Stream Condition Assessement Protocol. Karen Lawrence, Project Manager, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha, Neb.

3:30 - 4 p.m. Break in Exhibit Area
4 - 5:30 p.m. CONCURRENT SESSIONS

SESSION 9. Stewardship & Sustainability

Moderator: Palmer Hough, Environmental Scientist, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Wetlands Division, Washington, D.C.

Effective Mitigation Partnerships: Understanding the Land Trust Perspective. Sylvia Bates, Director of Standards and Research, Land Trust Alliance, Canterbury, N.H.

Show Me the Money! A Point — CounterPoint Presentation on Long-Term Financial Stewardship of Banks & ILF’s. Greg DeYoung, Vice President, Westervelt Ecological Services, Sacramento, Calif. and
Sherry Teresa, President, Ecological Solutions Consulting, Springdale, UT

SESSION 10. Success Stories & Lessons Learned

Moderator: Tara Disy Allden, Regulatory Manager, Restoration Systems, Raleigh, N.C.

Increasing Land Value through Mitigation Banking – A Case Study of Cajon Creek Conservation Area. Douglas W. Sprague, Manager of Reclamation, Vulcan Materials Company, Los Angeles, Calif.

The MBI as a Legal Document – Lessons Learned. Lisa Clay, Assistant District Counsel, Office of Counsel, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Sacramento, Calif.

Finding Common Ground: A Regulator’s & Bank Sponsor’s Take on Service Areas. Hal Holland, Sr. Conservation Planner, Westervelt Ecological Services, Sacramento, Calif. and James Robb, Senior Project Manager, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Sacramento, Calif.

5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Social Hour in Exhibit Area

Sponsorships available, contact Carlene Bahler at cbahler@comcast.net

 

FRIDAY, May 11, 2012
7 a.m. - Noon Registration Open
7 a.m. Break Buffet Opens
7:30 - 9 a.m.

BREAKFAST PLENARY

Legislative and Regulatory Update

Moderator: Randy Wilgis, President, Environmental Banc & Exchange, LLC, Owings Mill, MD

Brief presentations followed by moderated Q&A and discussion.

Margaret (Peggy) N. Strand, Esquire, Venable LLP, Washington, D.C.

Gary Frazer, Assistant Director for Endangered Species, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Washington, D.C.

Denise Keehner, Director, Office of Wetlands, Oceans and Watersheds, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, D.C.

Angela Somma, Chief, Endangered Species Division, NOAA, Silver Spring, Md.

Margaret (Meg) Gaffney-Smith, Chief, Regulatory Program, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Washington, D.C.

9 - 9:15 a.m. Break in Exhibit Area
9:15 - 10:45 a.m. CONCURRENT SESSIONS

SESSION 11. The Science of Banking

Moderator: Richard Mogensen, President, Mogensen Mitigation, Inc., Concord, N.C.

Up in Smoke: A Legal, Financial & Ecological Comparison of Prescribed Fire on Conservation Lands. John McGuire, Senior Planner & Fire Management Expert, Westervelt Ecological Services, Sacramento, Calif. (co-author: Matt Gause, Senior Ecologist, Westervelt Ecological Services, Sacramento, Calif.)

Fifteen Years of Vegetation Changes at Cottonwood Creek Wetland Mitigation Banking. Richard Lis, Ph.D., Environmental Scientist, California Department of Fish and Game, Redding, Calif.

An Assessment Framework for Making Compensatory Mitigation Determinations in California. Richard Sumner, Regional Science Liaison, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Corvallis, Ore.

SESSION 12. Users/Customers–Needs & Challenges

Moderator: George W. Kelly, Director, Environmental Banc & Exchange, LLC, Owings Mills, Md.

Bank User Regulatory Hurdles and What it Means to Mitigation Banks. Brian Plant, Counsel, Remy, Thomas, Moose & Manley, Sacramento, Calif.

Connecting Users with Bankers, FHWA Perspective. Corrie Veenstra, Ecologist, Office of Planning, Environment and Realty, Federal Highway Administration, Washington, D.C.

Risk Assessment & Return on Investment for the Customer. David C. Robinson, CEO, Mitigation Procurement Systems, Raleigh, N.C.

 
11 a.m. - 4 p.m. POST-CONFERENCE FIELD TRIPS

11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
(optional activity)

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FIELD TRIP
Van Vleck Mitigation Bank & Gill Ranch Conservation Bank
hosted by Conservation Resources and Westervelt Ecological Services

Early registration fee: $45 (by 1/25/12)
Pre-conference fee: $55 (by 3/15/112
Late fee (if space available): $75 (after 3/15/12)


Buses depart J Street Lobby at Convention Center at 11 a.m.
See special section on Field Trips in this program for more details.

11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
(optional activity)

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FIELD TRIP
Liberty Island Fish Bank
hosted by Wildlands

Early registration fee: $45 (by 1/25/12)
Pre-conference fee: $55 (by 3/15/112
Late fee (if space available): $75 (after 3/15/12)


Buses depart J Street Lobby at Convention Center 11 a.m.
See special section on Field Trips in this program for more details.
11 a.m. Conference Adjourns
 

PROCEEDINGS

A special Online Proceedings with audio and presentations of the Wednesday sessions through Friday sessions (except for the Forums and Workshops indicated as not being recorded), will be provided to all participants following the conference.

To purchase proceedings from past conferences and/or to the Primer 101 and Stream Banking Workshops click here.

CEUs and CLEs OFFERED!

CEUs — a Certificate of Completion — will be provided to each participant. Each day earns the following Continuing Education Units:

Tuesday, May 8 - Banking Primer Workshop 101 (.4 CEUs)
Tuesday, May 8 - Stream Banking Workshop (.4 CEUs)
Tuesday, May 8 - RIBITS Workshop (.2 CEUs)
Tuesday, May 8 - Field Trips (.4 CEUs)

Wednesday, May 9 - Regulator Forum (.1 CEUs)
Wednesday, May 9 - Banker Forum (.1 CEUs)
Wednesday, May 9 - User Forum (.1 CEUs)
Wednesday, May 9 - Field Trips (.4 CEUs)
Wednesday, May 9 - National Corps Workshop (.2 CEUs)
Wednesday, May 9 - FWS-NOAA workshop (.2 CEUs)


Thursday, May 10 - Sessions (.8 CEUs)

Friday, May 11 - Sessions (.4 CEUs)

AI CEUs — Appraisal Institute hours NOW available —provided upon request, and are calculated as follows. You are responsible for submitting required information to the Appraisal Institute. For questions or more information click here for the Appraisal Institute website.

Tuesday, May 8 - Banking Primer Workshop 101 (2.5 AI CEUs)
Tuesday, May 8 - Stream Banking Workshop (3 AI CEUs)

Thursday, May 10 - Sessions [to be announced]

Friday, May 11 - Sessions [to be announced]

CLE Credit Applications to specific states are submitted when we receive requests from attendees, so please let us know if you are seeking CLE from a particular state prior to the conference.

Please contact Carlene Bahler at cbahler@comcast.net.

THE SPONSOR AND INSTRUCTORS
This will be the 15th Annual Conference for the National Mitigation & Ecosystem Banking Conference. JT&A is the conference host, continuing the conference originally established by the Terrene Institute.

FIELD TRIPS

EARLY Registration: $45 (before January 25, 2012)
PRE-CONFERENCE Registration: $55 (before March 15, 2012)
LATE Registration: $75 (after March 15, 2012; if space available)

Buses depart from the Sacramento Convention Center
REGISTER NOW!

Click on Field Trips Below for More Details.
TUESDAY, May 8
WEDNESDAY, May 9
FRIDAY, May 11
Liberty Island Fish Bank
11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

SCHOLARSHIP FUND: Submissions Due January 25, 2012

With the help of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; The Conservation Fund; Mitigation Solutions, USA; Advanced Ecology, Ltd.; Westervelt Ecological Services; and the Federal Highway Administration, we plan to continue the Scholarship Fund that will help those who may not otherwise be able to attend the National Mitigation & Ecosystem Banking Conference.

A limited number of full and partial scholarships are available for state, tribal and other entities who are unable to cover their costs of participation in the Conference.

To apply, please send a written request that includes: name of person & organization, objective(s) for attending the conference, and why funding is not available. Please be sure to include your complete mailing address and phone number.The scholarships typically provide for registration fee only.

Send your written request by January 25*, 2012 to: Carlene Bahler (Fax: (703) 997-8690; cbahler@comcast.net).

*(Should you not be selected, you will still qualify for
the early registration fees.)

EXHIBITS: Early Bird Exhibit Deadline is January 25, 2012
EXHIBITOR PROSPECTUS (pdf file)

Exhibitors always come back to this conference because they always see results! This is an exceptional opportunity for those wishing to share information about their products and services with the mitigation and conservation banking industry. And the exhibit area is where you "meet and greet" all attendees and guests -- for continental breakfasts, breaks and receptions.

The Conference attracts 400+ attendees from throughout the U.S.,
U.S. territories and countries.
This is a highly targeted audience for exhibitors — attendees are serious about their participation in the conference. They come from businesses, governments (local, state and federal), nonprofits, and universities — and can be further broken down by suppliers, attorneys, engineers, real estate developers, planners, consultants, bankers, interested observers, regulators, investors, customers, users and other interests.

Stand Out and Get Noticed —
Exhibit space is at a premium as we sell out each year and limit the number of exhibits (usually about 25 depending on the space). Reserve your space now.
PAST EXHIBITORS (Partial List)

Acer Environmental, Inc.

American Native Liners

Applied Ecological Services, Inc.

ARBORGEN, LLC Supertree Seedlings

Biological Research Associates

The Catena Group, Inc.

Coastal Plain Conservancy

DriWater, Inc.

Ducks Unlimited

EarthMark Mitigation Services, LLC

Eco Fabriks

EcoDepot, LLC

Ecosystem Marketplace

Environmental Services, Inc.

Federal Highway Administration

Florence & Hutcheson

Florida Power & Light

Forrest Keeling Nursery

Horizon Environmental Services, Inc.

IRIStubes® by InMass Technologies

KCI Technologies Inc.

Louisiana Department of Natural Resources

Marsh Resources, Inc.

Mitigation Solutions USA

Mulkey Engineers & Consultants

National Mitigation Banking Association

Natural Resources Conservation Service, USDA

Nedia Enterprises, Inc.

North State Environmental, Inc.

Parametrix

Parsons Brinckerhoff, Inc.

PBS&J – Engineering and Environmental Consulting

Pinelands Nursery & Supply

Remote Data Systems, Inc.

Restoration Systems, LLC

Restore America's Estuaries

River Works, Inc.

Rocky Mountain Native Plants Company

RPM Ecosystems

Stantec Stream Restoration Services

SuperTree Seedlings

SWCA Environmental Consultants

Tetra Tech

Timbervest, LLC

Timmons Group

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Westervelt Ecological Services

Wetlands Resource Center

The WetlandsbankTM Group

Wildlands

Williams Forestry and Associates

Wolf Creek Engineering

Exhibit fee includes: One Conference Registration for Wednesday through Friday sessions, an 8' x 10' booth, one 8' table, two chairs, one wastebasket, one electrical outlet, and one I.D. sign. Any other equipment will be an additional charge. Also included with Booth rental is the Registration List, company listing in the Final Program and link on the conference website.

For complete Exhibitor Rule & Regulations: [ coming soon ]

Exhibit space is limited, so exhibitors should reserve space immediately.
Early Bird Exhibit Deadline is January 25, 2012.

Exhibitor Hours (preliminary schedule)

TUESDAY, May 8, 2012
Noon - 4 p.m. Exhibitor Set-up

WEDNESDAY, May 9, 2012
Opening Day afternoon Break
Evening Welcome Reception

THURSDAY, May 10, 2012
Breakfast, Breaks & Social Hour

FRIDAY, May 11, 2012
Breakfast & Break
11 a.m.- 2 p.m. Exhibitor Break-down
Exhibitor Services/Shipping: [ coming soon ]

Security: The Conference will provide security in the exhibit hall during non-conference hours (from 7 p.m. through 7 a.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights). However, the conference does not guarantee security and urges exhibitors to take necessary precautions.

Exhibit Space & Cancellation Policy:[ coming soon ]

ADVERTISING & SUPPORT OPPORTUNITIES

Sponsorship & Support Opportunities: Click here for a detailed list of Support & Advertising Opportunities.

Many levels of support are offered below. If interested, contact Carlene Bahler at (800) 726-4853 or via email at cbahler@comcast.net.

Advertising Opportunities:Contact Carlene Bahler at (800)726-4853 or via email at cbahler@comcast.net.

  • Insert for Conference Packet: $495(size to be approved); copies provided by advertiser.
  • Rotating WEB Ad for $500 (annual) - positioned on HOME PAGE + all pages of site interior.
    click here to Email Carlene Bahler if you are interested.
  • Full page Ad in Final Program (inside front or back cover): $1,000

Click here for a detailed list of Support & Advertising Opportunities.

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION:
Early Bird Deadline--January 25, 2012

Registration includes Wednesday through Friday sessions, lunch, continental breakfasts, breaks, reception, conference materials, and Proceedings. Early Bird registration deadline is January 25, 2012.

HOTEL REGISTRATION:
RESERVE your Hotel Room Immediately to Secure the Conference Rate!
Special Conference Rates:
$155 plus tax or government rate for government employees.

Reserve by April 20, 2012 to get this special rate - Book Early!
IMPORTANT NOTE:
Rooms are limited at the special rate, so make your reservations NOW to have a chance at this special rate while rooms last!

Call 800-325-3535 for room reservations!
Reference the Mitigation Banking conference.

Online Reservations for

GENERAL Attendees

GOVERNMENT Attendees

Sheraton Grand Sacramento
1230 J Street (13th and J Street)
Sacramento, CA 95814
tel: (916) 447-1700 — Fax: (916) 447-1701
Reservations: (800) 325-3535

AAA Four Diamond Rating, the Grand Sheraton Sacramento is located in the beautifully restored historic Public Market Building and situated in the heart of downtown Sacramento, within blocks of the city's best shopping and restaurants and just across the street from the Convention Center.

Newly renovated, enjoy the transformed guest rooms, a 24-hour fitness facility, heated outdoor swimming pool, extraordinary lounge setting.  Choose from an array of upscale California cuisine options at Morgan’s Restaurant or fresh-baked pastries and espresso at Glides Market Café. Guests may also indulge in drinks while lounging amidst the numerous couches and overstuffed chairs at the Public Market Bar.

Experience all the historic charm of California’s capital city, much within walking distance from the hotel.

  • Old Sacramento
  • State Capitol  
  • Downtown Plaza  
  • Sutter's Fort  
  • Sacramento Downtown Walking Tours  
  • CA State Railroad Museum  
  • California State Military Museum  
  • California Museum  for History, Women and Arts  
  • Rocker Art Museum  
  • Golden State Museum  
  • California State Capitol Park  
  • Bikes and Bites – Bike Rental  
  • IMAX Theater  
  • Raley's Field (Minor League Baseball - Sacramento River Cats, Farm Team for the Oakland A's)

Nearby Destinations

  • Sacramento Zoo  16.1 km/10.0 miles
  • Fairytale Town  16.1 km/10.0 miles
  • Steamboat Lake  32.2 km/20.0 miles
  • Napa  104.5 km/65.0 miles
  • Lake Tahoe  159.2 km/98.9 miles
  • San Francisco  139.9 km/86.9 miles
  • Reno  218.7 km/135.9 miles
  • The Arco Arena (Home of the Sacramento Kings Basketball Team)  12.9 km/8.0 miles
  • Funderland  16.1 km/10.0 miles

Parking:  Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel Self and Valet Parking Facilities (current $18 - 25 per day)

Transportation

by AIR:  Sacramento Metropolitan Airport (SMF) is approximately 12 miles from the Hotel.  The following rates are current and could change without notice:

  • Taxi  (one-way)  $34 - $45  
  • Airport Super Shuttle:  $15 one-way per person

by TRAIN: Very convenient by rail, Amtrak Station is located at 401 I Street -- less than 9 blocks from the Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel. A link to this information and a map on Amtrak's website can be found by clicking here.

Rental Car from Hotel

  • Alamo (916) 646-6020 - 10 Miles
  • Avis (916) 446-2695 - 5 Blocks
  • Budget (916) 527-7000 - 15 Blocks
  • Dollar - (916) 447-4455 - 5 Blocks
  • Enterprise - (916) 444-7600 - 6 Blocks
  • Hertz - (916) 448-2228 - 4 Blocks
  • Thrifty: (916) 447-2847

SPOUSE & FAMILY PROGRAM

To Be Announced.

       
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