Executive members of the National Mitigation Banking Association (NMBA) joined forces in their annual trip to Washington, D.C. in late March. NMBA members including WRA’s Chief Executive Officer Tim DeGraff and Chief Investment Officer Ben Guillon, who also serves as a Director at Large for the organization, converged on the nation’s capital to continue their bi-partisan approach to garner support for the use of advance compensatory mitigation.
On the first day, members had the opportunity to meet with U.S. Senate Committee of Energy and Natural Resources staff to discuss the recent Presidential Memorandum supporting private investment in natural resource conservation and restoration.
Additional meeting highlights included discussions with staff from the Bureau of land Management, Department of the Interior Natural Resources Investment Center, Federal Highway Administration, National Marine Fisheries Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), and the U.S. Forest Service.
Ben and Tim met with the offices of Senators Cory Gardner and Michael Bennet from Colorado and with offices of congressional representatives Jared Huffman, John Garamendi, and Alan Lowenthal from California regarding the recent Presidential Memorandum on mitigation, the recent proposed revisions to the USFWS mitigation rule and anticipated re-authorization of the Water Resources Development Act.
 Mitigating Impacts on Natural Resources from Development and Encouraging Related Private Investment