Banking on the Environment Unites Mitigation with Ecosystem Banking

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Key players in mitigation, conservation and ecosystem banking will learn how the new Mitigation Banking Rule will work when they meet with regulators and legislators in May. They will also learn about new opportunities in the Farm Bill and participate in hands-on sessions on stream banking, water quality trading, carbon sequestration & much more. Established 11 years ago as the only national conference that brings together regulators, bankers,and users in this industry, the Conference is expanding to encompass the entire ecosystem in uniting environmental and economic practices to restore and enhance natural resources.

Breakfast with The McGeorge Group - Serving up hot issues for breakfast!

Key players in mitigation, conservation and ecosystem banking will learn how the new Mitigation Banking Rule will work when they meet with regulators and legislators in Jacksonville, Fla. May 6-9.

Following an expected welcome to the National Mitigation & Ecosystem Banking Conference from Florida Governor Charlie Crist, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works George S. Dunlop will explain what the New Rule Means to Banking, and Mark Rey, Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, will address the New Farm Bill Opportunities.

Preceding the conference, Mark Sudol, Chief of the Corps' Regulatory Program, and Palmer Hough, an environmental scientist with the Environmental Protection Agency's Wetlands Division, will conduct a two-hour New Rule Workshop. And the first lunch will feature an interactive panel discussion of the New Rule and Current Legislation.

The popular McGeorge Group - featuring panelists' impromptu responses to audience questions - this year begins the second day with "Breakfast with The McGeorge Group - Serving up hot issues for breakfast!"

The Conference has also expanded the Stream Banking & Restoration Workshop, and will continue the Primer Workshop and the Corps' IRT Training Workshop. A Users' Forum has been added to the Bankers' and Regulators' Forums.

Established 11 years ago as the only national conference that brings together regulators, bankers and users in the mitigation/conservation banking industry, the Conference is known for the quality of his hands-on participatory sessions and the networking and business opportunities it offers. This year the Conference has expanded to encompass the entire ecosystem in uniting environmental and economic practices to restore and enhance natural resources.

Nearly 400 attendees are expected to participate, many of them taking part in the workshops and field trips that precede the Conference.
See http://www.mitigationbankingconference.com for complete information, including registration and exhibit opportunities. Or contact Carlene Bahler at JT&A, inc., cbahler@comcast.net; (800)726-4853.

Conference supporters are major players in banking, including The Conservation Fund, the National Mitigation Banking Association, and bankers Earthmark Mitigation Services LLC, Environmental Banc & Exchange LLC, Environmental Heritage Investors LLC, Loafer Creek LLC, Marsh Resources Inc., MMA Sustainable Land Investments, Restoration Systems LLC, Tetra Tech Inc., Westervelt Ecological Services, The Wetlandsbank Group, and Wildlands Inc.

Federal agency sponsors include the Federal Highway Administration, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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