Learn about the exciting new field of wetland mitigation banking and species conservation banking with an intensive one-day workshop on the legal, technical and financial aspects of habitat banking, which includes a tour of the award winning Cosumnes Floodplain Mitigation Bank. Learn about the regulatory and legal history establishing mitigation banks and the current rules and practices that govern their operation. Explore the technical aspects such as site selection, watershed and species planning, project permitting, construction planning, credit evaluations and maintenance and monitoring issues. Gain an understanding of the business of banking including the financial assessments, market assessments and demand projections and the how-tos of sales and marketing. The class will then spend the last part of the class at an actual mitigation bank site touring the site and learning about project implementation from the people who built the project.
The course is designed for environmental consultants, government resource professionals, real estate professionals, land appraisers, large land owners, land attorneys and forest and agricultural professionals.
The class also provides the necessary information for implementing large-scale habitat restoration and mitigation projects. Please wear appropriate clothes and shoes for the afternoon outdoor portion of the class (e.g., closed toe, comfortable outdoor shoes).