2017 National Mitigation & Ecosystem Banking Conference

WRA is a proud sponsor of the 2017 National Mitigation and Ecosystem Banking Conference (NMEBC). Entering its 20th year, NMEBC is committed to advancing and protecting the environment in a financially sustainable way. This year’s event will take place May 9-12, 2017 in Sacramento. The program includes interactive sessions, panels, moderated forums and training opportunities. A … Continue Reading »

WRA Co-Sponsors Bank Tank® at NMEBC 2017

A platform to connect with investors at NMEBC 2017 In its second year at the National Mitigation and Ecosystem Banking Conference, Bank Tank® is a program that connects investors with environmentally sustainable projects and land opportunities. Whether you are seeking funding, own land with natural asset potential, or are looking to invest in sustainable opportunities, don’t miss … Continue Reading »

Spring Environmental Checklist

Stay Ahead of the Permitting and Regulatory Curve Click the icon to download the 2017 Environmental Checklist! With spring right around the corner, it’s important to stay out ahead of environmental requirements and keep your project on track. The activities listed in the following checklist provide guidelines to help assure compliance with regulatory agency permitting … Continue Reading »

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 »

2016 NMBA D.C. Fly-In

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 … 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 »

PERC Report: Conservation Banking Success at Ridge Top Ranch

Ridge Top Ranch Conservation Bank is featured in the Winter Edition of Property and Environment Research (PERC) Report. The article, titled “Banking on Endangered Species” demonstrates how conservation banks can help balance financial and ecological success. Read the full article here or click the image to the right to download the full Report. About Ridge Top Ranch The … Continue Reading »

Mitigation Banks Gain Traction According to National Report Card

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released their retrospective on the 2008 Mitigation Rule that first established a preference for mitigation banks over other means to provide compensatory mitigation for projects permitted under the Clean Water Act Section 404 program. The report, entitled: The Mitigation Rule Retrospective: … 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 »

Species Translocation Optimizes Conservation Bank Value at Ridge Top Ranch

A recent article published in National Mitigation Banking Association’s Winter 2015 newsletter focuses on the success of federally-protected species translocation at Ridge Top Ranch Wildlife Conservation Bank.  The results, in combination with available credits to mitigate future impacts, provide an opportunity to bolster financial value for conservation banks and increase the potential return for investors … Continue Reading »