Federal and State Regulatory Agencies Approve Largest Wetland Mitigation Bank in California

State, Federal Agencies to Protect 4,000 Acres to Offset Ecological Impacts WRA is proud to announce our mitigation banking department has achieved another huge milestone.  After working with the Interagency Review Team for several years, we were able to garner approvals from the Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, California Department of Fish and … Continue Reading »

WRA Hosts Colorado Biodiversity Markets Event

WRA recently hosted a Colorado Ecosystem Services Partnership (CESP) event on biodiversity markets in the state.  CESP exists to bring together individuals who are motivated to collaborate and share information on ecosystem service projects in the state.  The event, held at the Colorado State Land Board (SLB) office in Denver, attracted attendees from a variety … Continue Reading »

WRA Waterfront Expert Joins Port of San Francisco Resilience Advisory Team

Justin Semion, WRA Principal and one of the company’s foremost waterfront experts, is a member of the Port of San Francisco’s newly formed Waterfront Plan Resilience Advisory Team. Waterfront Plan The Port’s Waterfront Plan Working Group is assisted by seven advisory teams to address these needs and recommend updates to the Waterfront Plan. The Port … Continue Reading »

impactDeals Features WRA Conservation Finance Expertise

round table on model conservation finance transactions at the impactDeals Forum in Washington, DC. He presented some of the company’s recent success in complex transactions and asset management strategies. Ben sits on a steering committee that organized the event, hosted by i2Capital. The forum brought together more than 120 investors, finance experts, and thought leaders from a diverse range … Continue Reading »

Presidential Memorandum Issues Support for Mitigation Banking and New Policy Guidelines

President Obama recently released a Presidential Memorandum supporting private investment in natural resource conservation and restoration. Mitigation and conservation banking, in particular, were lauded as the environmentally superior and preferred approach to natural resource impact mitigation. Current studies suggest that private sector investment in compensatory mitigation is currently $1.3 – $4 billion dollars with 40% … Continue Reading »

WRA Provides Conservation Finance Expertise at CAFÉ Annual Meeting

Dr. Ben Guillon, CFA, attended the annual meeting of the Consortium of African Funds for the Environment (CAFÉ) which was held September 2015 in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. CAFÉ members are providing a sustainable source of financing to the different national park systems across Africa. The consortium’s traditional sources of funding have been the World Bank, the Global Environmental … Continue Reading »

How California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Permits Affect You

  Projects with environmental impacts in Califonia don’t happen without agency participation.  The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is the oldest wildlife conservation agency in the country and to this day is a linchpin in the protection of California wildlife.  If you have ever hunted or fished in California, you’ve received a CDFW recreational … Continue Reading »