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Tuesday | March 21, 2017

Tuesday | March 21, 2017



3:30PM
5:30PM

Opening Reception on Capitol Hill

Join us for hors d’oeuvres and cocktails with Members of Congress and Congressional Staffers.


3:30PM 5:30PM

Opening Reception on Capitol Hill

Join us for hors d’oeuvres and cocktails with Members of Congress and Congressional Staffers.




Wednesday | March 22, 2017

Wednesday | March 22, 2017



8:00AM

Networking Breakfast


8:00AM

Networking Breakfast


9:00AM
9:15AM

Welcome Remarks

Evolution of the Ecological Restoration Market

  • Don Ross, President, NMBA
  • Sara Johnson, Executive Director, NMBA

9:00AM 9:15AM

Welcome Remarks

Evolution of the Ecological Restoration Market

  • Don Ross, President, NMBA
  • Sara Johnson, Executive Director, NMBA

9:15AM
10:00AM

A Private Sector Solution to a Public Problem

The Investment Thesis and Business Case Behind Ecological Restoration

The ecological restoration industry was recently assessed at $25 billion per year in total economic output and is prime for increased investment. Private capital, such as private pension funds (valued at $21 trillion), is available to fuel to the industry’s growth and subsequent restoration outputs that provide a public good and support job creation. With these numbers in mind, hear from investors at private equity funds and operating companies on why large institutional investors continue to deploy capital in the restoration industry. This panel will explore the cost benefits of achieving restoration in the private versus public sector, policies that would incentive private investors to further invest in the industry, and current impediments and variables affecting prices and efficiency of the credit marketplace.


  • Elliott Bouillion, President and Chief Executive Officer, Resource Environmental Solutions
  • Nick Dilks, Partner, Ecosystem Investment Partners
  • Mark Canavan, Senior Portfolio Manager, New Mexico Educational Retirement Board (Invited)
  • David Hoffer, Managing Director, The Lyme Timber Company (Invited)

9:15AM 10:00AM

A Private Sector Solution to a Public Problem

The Investment Thesis and Business Case Behind Ecological Restoration

The ecological restoration industry was recently assessed at $25 billion per year in total economic output and is prime for increased investment. Private capital, such as private pension funds (valued at $21 trillion), is available to fuel to the industry’s growth and subsequent restoration outputs that provide a public good and support job creation. With these numbers in mind, hear from investors at private equity funds and operating companies on why large institutional investors continue to deploy capital in the restoration industry. This panel will explore the cost benefits of achieving restoration in the private versus public sector, policies that would incentive private investors to further invest in the industry, and current impediments and variables affecting prices and efficiency of the credit marketplace.


  • Elliott Bouillion, President and Chief Executive Officer, Resource Environmental Solutions
  • Nick Dilks, Partner, Ecosystem Investment Partners
  • Mark Canavan, Senior Portfolio Manager, New Mexico Educational Retirement Board (Invited)
  • David Hoffer, Managing Director, The Lyme Timber Company (Invited)

10:00AM
10:40AM

New Developments at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Hear from a senior official of the Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) on leadership changes and reflections on the 2008 Mitigation Rule. This speaker will touch on recent initiatives at the USACE to improve efficient implementation of the 2008 Mitigation Rule. Don’t miss this opportunity to engage with one of the industry’s most important agencies.


  • USACE District Official (Invited)

10:00AM 10:40AM

New Developments at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Hear from a senior official of the Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) on leadership changes and reflections on the 2008 Mitigation Rule. This speaker will touch on recent initiatives at the USACE to improve efficient implementation of the 2008 Mitigation Rule. Don’t miss this opportunity to engage with one of the industry’s most important agencies.


  • USACE District Official (Invited)

10:40AM
11:00AM

Networking Morning Break

Located in the Governor's Room

Enjoy coffee and light refreshments and the chance to connect with your fellow attendees.


10:40AM 11:00AM

Networking Morning Break

Located in the Governor's Room

Enjoy coffee and light refreshments and the chance to connect with your fellow attendees.


11:00AM
11:45AM

Cutting Permit Time in Half

How Mitigation Banks Expedite Infrastructure

Infrastructure is at the forefront of the current political agenda. Mitigation banks cut permit times in half for infrastructure projects. In this panel session, hear from the Department of Transportation on their infrastructure goals for the new year and how mitigation banks help fast track public and private infrastructure project schedules. This discussion will also explore thoughts and recommendations for further expediting the permitting process to the benefit of mitigation bankers and, most importantly, private and public developers.


  • Adam Davis, Partner, Ecosystem Investment Partners - MODERATOR
  • Federal Highway Administration Official (Invited)
  • Deirdre Duncan, Environmental Attorney, Hunton & Williams
  • John Paul Woodley Jr., Principal, Advantus Strategies (Invited)

11:00AM 11:45AM

Cutting Permit Time in Half

How Mitigation Banks Expedite Infrastructure

Infrastructure is at the forefront of the current political agenda. Mitigation banks cut permit times in half for infrastructure projects. In this panel session, hear from the Department of Transportation on their infrastructure goals for the new year and how mitigation banks help fast track public and private infrastructure project schedules. This discussion will also explore thoughts and recommendations for further expediting the permitting process to the benefit of mitigation bankers and, most importantly, private and public developers.


  • Adam Davis, Partner, Ecosystem Investment Partners - MODERATOR
  • Federal Highway Administration Official (Invited)
  • Deirdre Duncan, Environmental Attorney, Hunton & Williams
  • John Paul Woodley Jr., Principal, Advantus Strategies (Invited)

11:45AM
12:45PM

The Wins of WIIN

Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act in Review

A new WRDA bill passed late last year with changes to the preference for mitigation banks in USACE civil works projects, a requirement to consider in-kind credits, and the introduction of a new restoration concept, “environmental banking.” Join us for a discussion with Congressman Graves, who was instrumental in drafting WRDA's mitigation banking related provisions and is the new Chairman of the House Committee overseeing the USACE. This conversation will focus on the intent behind environmental banks, how mitigation banking may fit in this new marketplace, and the outlook for USACE’s guidance on considering all credits available during a project lifespan.


  • Donald Ross, President, National Mitigation Banking Association - MODERATOR
  • Congressman Garret Graves (R-LA), Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Water Resources and the Environment

11:45AM 12:45PM

The Wins of WIIN

Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act in Review

A new WRDA bill passed late last year with changes to the preference for mitigation banks in USACE civil works projects, a requirement to consider in-kind credits, and the introduction of a new restoration concept, “environmental banking.” Join us for a discussion with Congressman Graves, who was instrumental in drafting WRDA's mitigation banking related provisions and is the new Chairman of the House Committee overseeing the USACE. This conversation will focus on the intent behind environmental banks, how mitigation banking may fit in this new marketplace, and the outlook for USACE’s guidance on considering all credits available during a project lifespan.


  • Donald Ross, President, National Mitigation Banking Association - MODERATOR
  • Congressman Garret Graves (R-LA), Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Water Resources and the Environment

12:45PM
1:45PM

Networking Lunch

Located in the Governor's Room


12:45PM 1:45PM

Networking Lunch

Located in the Governor's Room


1:45PM
2:45PM

Keynote Speaker - HOW WE CAN BE PART OF THE SOLUTION

How Mitigation Can Improve the Economy and Protect the Environment

Join Ken Mehlman for a discussion on opportunities to enhance mitigation policy -- accelerating the permitting process, improving environmental outcomes and creating jobs. Discuss strategies for strategically engaging policymakers and communicating with stakeholders. Ken Mehlman currently serves as Member and Global Head of Public Affairs at KKR -- overseeing the firm’s global external affairs activities, including corporate marketing, regulatory affairs and public policy & communications. Mr. Mehlman also leads KKR's Environmental Social Governance (ESG) programs. Before joining KKR, Mr. Mehlman spent a dozen years in national politics and government service, including as 62nd Chairman of the Republican National Committee and Campaign Manager of President Bush's 2004 re-election campaign as well as in high level positions in Congress and the White House.


  • Ken Mehlman, Member and Global Head of Public Affairs, KKR

1:45PM 2:45PM

Keynote Speaker - HOW WE CAN BE PART OF THE SOLUTION

How Mitigation Can Improve the Economy and Protect the Environment

Join Ken Mehlman for a discussion on opportunities to enhance mitigation policy -- accelerating the permitting process, improving environmental outcomes and creating jobs. Discuss strategies for strategically engaging policymakers and communicating with stakeholders. Ken Mehlman currently serves as Member and Global Head of Public Affairs at KKR -- overseeing the firm’s global external affairs activities, including corporate marketing, regulatory affairs and public policy & communications. Mr. Mehlman also leads KKR's Environmental Social Governance (ESG) programs. Before joining KKR, Mr. Mehlman spent a dozen years in national politics and government service, including as 62nd Chairman of the Republican National Committee and Campaign Manager of President Bush's 2004 re-election campaign as well as in high level positions in Congress and the White House.


  • Ken Mehlman, Member and Global Head of Public Affairs, KKR

2:45PM
3:20PM

New Opportunities for Efficient Restoration

NRDAR and Case Studies

Mitigation banks are in the ecosystem backyard of NRDAR sites across the country and present an efficient and effective offset option for many NRDAR site restoration plans. Recent DOI guidance provides a framework for NRDAR trustees to consider banks as a restoration alternative. Hear from representatives currently working on NRDAR cases that successfully utilize mitigation banks and their perspective on opportunities to replicate success at other NRDAR sites. This segment will also include insight from agency officials at DOI and NOAA on the intent behind and implementation of the DOI guidance, including NRDAR trustees’ restoration alternative considerations and analysis of a bank’s underlying documentation, and the outlook for improving mitigation credits and NRDAR restoration efforts’ compatibility.


  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Official (invited)
  • Richelle N. Moore, Acting Deputy General Counsel, Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority of Louisiana
  • Bobby Proutt, Manager and General Counsel, Falling Springs, LLC
  • Doug Lashley, CEO and Founder, GreenVest, LLC
  • Peter Dykstra, Environmental Attorney, Plauché & Carr LLP

2:45PM 3:20PM

New Opportunities for Efficient Restoration

NRDAR and Case Studies

Mitigation banks are in the ecosystem backyard of NRDAR sites across the country and present an efficient and effective offset option for many NRDAR site restoration plans. Recent DOI guidance provides a framework for NRDAR trustees to consider banks as a restoration alternative. Hear from representatives currently working on NRDAR cases that successfully utilize mitigation banks and their perspective on opportunities to replicate success at other NRDAR sites. This segment will also include insight from agency officials at DOI and NOAA on the intent behind and implementation of the DOI guidance, including NRDAR trustees’ restoration alternative considerations and analysis of a bank’s underlying documentation, and the outlook for improving mitigation credits and NRDAR restoration efforts’ compatibility.


  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Official (invited)
  • Richelle N. Moore, Acting Deputy General Counsel, Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority of Louisiana
  • Bobby Proutt, Manager and General Counsel, Falling Springs, LLC
  • Doug Lashley, CEO and Founder, GreenVest, LLC
  • Peter Dykstra, Environmental Attorney, Plauché & Carr LLP

3:20PM
3:40PM

Afternoon Networking Break

Located in the Governor's Room


3:20PM 3:40PM

Afternoon Networking Break

Located in the Governor's Room


3:40PM
4:30PM

ESA Advancements

Review of the FWS Compensatory Mitigation Policy

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) issued their final ESA Compensatory Mitigation Policy, the Service’s first comprehensive treatment of compensatory mitigation under the ESA, just before the new year. Listen to a moderated conversation amongst FWS leadership and species bankers, both in the private and NGO sectors, affected by the policy as they review the importance of landscape-level planning and the need for consistency and equivalency in implementation of mitigation standards to effectively achieve quality conservation.


  • Randy Wilgis, Chief Solutions Officer, Resource Environment Solutions, LLC - MODERATOR
  • Department of Interior Official (Invited)
  • Fish and Wildlife Service Official (Invited)
  • Steven Quarles, Environmental Attorney, Nossaman
  • Parker Moore, Environmental Attorney, Beveridge & Diamond

3:40PM 4:30PM

ESA Advancements

Review of the FWS Compensatory Mitigation Policy

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) issued their final ESA Compensatory Mitigation Policy, the Service’s first comprehensive treatment of compensatory mitigation under the ESA, just before the new year. Listen to a moderated conversation amongst FWS leadership and species bankers, both in the private and NGO sectors, affected by the policy as they review the importance of landscape-level planning and the need for consistency and equivalency in implementation of mitigation standards to effectively achieve quality conservation.


  • Randy Wilgis, Chief Solutions Officer, Resource Environment Solutions, LLC - MODERATOR
  • Department of Interior Official (Invited)
  • Fish and Wildlife Service Official (Invited)
  • Steven Quarles, Environmental Attorney, Nossaman
  • Parker Moore, Environmental Attorney, Beveridge & Diamond

4:30PM
5:30PM

Ecological Restoration Policy Outlook

2017 and Beyond

Get an update on the outlook and predictions for policy initiatives from senior Congressional staff as we enter a new year and the start of a new political administration. Just a few of the questions that will be explored include: What will Congress’ agenda look like for infrastructure and natural resources issues? What are the potential legislative opportunities with Republicans controlling Congress and the White House? What are the issues that resonate with both mitigation bankers and members of Congress? How does the new political environment affect Capitol Hill and the Administration working together?


  • George Kelly, Chief Markets Operator, Resource Environmental Solutions, LLC - MODERATOR
  • Senior Congressional committee staff (Invited)

4:30PM 5:30PM

Ecological Restoration Policy Outlook

2017 and Beyond

Get an update on the outlook and predictions for policy initiatives from senior Congressional staff as we enter a new year and the start of a new political administration. Just a few of the questions that will be explored include: What will Congress’ agenda look like for infrastructure and natural resources issues? What are the potential legislative opportunities with Republicans controlling Congress and the White House? What are the issues that resonate with both mitigation bankers and members of Congress? How does the new political environment affect Capitol Hill and the Administration working together?


  • George Kelly, Chief Markets Operator, Resource Environmental Solutions, LLC - MODERATOR
  • Senior Congressional committee staff (Invited)

5:30PM

Closing Remarks


5:30PM

Closing Remarks