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 »

WRA Open for Environmental Consulting in San Diego

WRA is excited to announce the opening of our new San Diego office. San Diego is a natural fit for us.  We have worked on a broad range of important projects in the region for over 30 years, are very familiar with local regulations, and have excellent relationships with all of the local regulators.  For … 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 »

When to Create a Mitigation Bank as a Permitting Asset: A Guide to Banking for Developers

Land development is a tricky business that juggles many moving pieces simultaneously.  One of those key pieces is compensatory environmental mitigation required under numerous state and federal laws.  Many developers know firsthand how much compensatory mitigation requirements can affect their project, especially in California.  More difficult still is getting regulatory agencies to agree with the … Continue Reading »