Wildlands Mitigation & Ecosystem Conference Recap

Wildlands played a significant role at the recent 2012 National Mitigation & Ecosystem Banking Conference in recent weeks, giving us the opportunity to interact with attendees and demonstrate our extensive capabilities in the areas of mitigation banking and ecosystem development.

After assembling our booth, we co-hosted the welcoming reception for all attendees. Below, you can see that Kathy, Larry, Sherrie and Brian are ready to greet the masses!

We also presented and moderated in several sessions regarding mitigation banking and ecosystem banking, including Conservation and Fish Banking, Emerging Markets and Trends in Banking.

To give a hands-on experience to attendees, Wildlands offered tours of our nearby properties, including the Gilsizer Slough Giant Garter Snake Mitigation Complex and the Liberty Island Conversation Bank.

Wildlands’ Gilsizer Slough Giant Garter Snake (GGS) Mitigation Complex is comprised of over 620 acres of created and preserved wetland and open water channel habitat dedicated to the restoration and preservation of the aquatic giant garter snake. Located in Sutter County, approximately nine miles southwest of Yuba City, conference attendees were fortunate to see a Giant Garter Snake while taking the property tour. (Yes, the “Giant” Garter Snake is this actually this small.)

We also showcased our salmon, delta smelt and longfin smelt conservation bank, the Liberty Island Conservation Bank, located in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. The project involved a major tidal and flow-through channel restoration effort on the 186-acre site. Visiting this site involves a quick boat ride, but the payoff is clear once you arrive onsite.

The Bank is a collaborative effort between Wildlands, California Department of Fish and Game (DFG), National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and is utilized to mitigate permitted impacts to fisheries habitat throughout the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.

In this photo, Wildlands’ Project Director Brian Monaghan presents aerial photos so attendees can see before and after photos that demonstrate the positive environmental impact of this restoration project.

Many thanks to the organizers of the National Mitigation Banking & Ecosystem Banking Conference for putting together a great conference.