The Wetlandsbank Group
5747 North Andrews Way, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309
Phone: (954) 642-2461 | Fax: (954) 480-6250
Email | Website: http://www.wetlandsbank.com
Steve Collins is the CEO of The Wetlandsbank Group (“TWG”), a WEST PALM BEACH, Florida based Mitigation Banking firm founded in 1992 that is widely acknowledged as a pioneer in the field of mitigation banking. TWG operates and manages five mitigation banks in the states of Florida and Georgia. TWG offers research and analysis of property for its potential as an economical and ecologically feasible wetland, stream, or conservation mitigation project, successfully develops, permits, manages and maintains wetland, stream and conservation mitigation banks, and markets and sells mitigation credits through either their own or affiliate mitigation banks.
Prior to joining TWG, Collins spent 20 years with FPL Group, (“FPL”) where he permitted and operated their 13,455 acre Everglades Mitigation Bank (“EMB”), the second largest mitigation bank in the U. S. The EMB which is home to 39 threatened, listed, or endangered species was the 2001 winner of the prestigious EEI National Land Management Award.
EcoSystems Investment Partners
2002 Clipper Park Road, Suite 201, Baltimore, MD 21211
Phone: (443) 921-9441
Adam Davis is a Partner and Director of Research, Policy & New Markets for Ecosystem Investment Partners (EIP), a private equity fund manager that acquires and manages high priority conservation properties across the United States. EIP delivers competitive returns to its investors through the use of land-based environmental offsets for unavoidable impacts.
He previously served as Director of the Environment Division for EPRI Solutions, a consulting firm owned by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) where he worked with a team of economists, biologists and hydrologists to develop decision tools, appraisal methods and tax strategies to enable market based conservation choices. This then led him to start his own consulting practice, Solano Partners, Inc., where he worked with a broad array of corporate, government and NGO clients on environmental investment and conservation finance issues. One core client was the online information service called Ecosystem Marketplace, which he cofounded and where he served as Editor-in-Chief. Davis received the 2002 Ecological Society of America Corporate Award for his contribution to the understanding of connections between recycling, resource recovery and ecosystem health.
4152 Independence Ct, C-7, Sarasota, FL 34234
Phone: (941) 955-4616
Email | Website: http://www.ecogenesisllc.com
Pamela Fetterman is the managing member and Principal Scientist of ecoGENESIS, LLC, a cutting edge environmental consulting business founded on the principles of the care and stewardship of the ecological systems which sustain humanity. ecoGENESIS provides feasibility analysis, wetland delineation, environmental permitting, endangered species surveying and permitting, contract management, land management, mitigation, monitoring, ecological valuation and ecological design services to wetland mitigation bankers, land developers, single-family residential homeowners, federal, state and local governments, non-governmental organizations, and other regulated industries.
Fetterman has 23 years of experience in environmental and ecological resource management, permitting, and water use regulations. She has focused on the fields of evaluation of impacts to wetland structure and function, delineation and verification of wetland and surface water boundaries jurisdictional to Florida and the United States, large scale wetland restoration and mitigation banking, ecological restoration, natural lands management, and conservation banking.
2169-G East Francisco Blvd., San Rafael, CA 94901
Phone: (415) 454-8868 x 151
Email | Website: http://www.wra-ca.com
Dr. Ben Guillon oversees WRA’s work on the financial and strategic aspects of rural land management and ecosystem conservation from WRA’s San Rafael office. Guillon advises a wide range of clients including investment funds, infrastructure developers, public agencies, private land owners, NGOs and philanthropic donors on developing innovative financing strategies to acquire, conserve, and manage large tracts of land in the US and abroad. Guillon also leads WRA’s newly-founded asset management group, which allows investors and land owners to unlock the value of their land assets through ecosystem markets, such as mitigation banks or carbon offset projects.
Guillon has 10 years of experience developing and managing ecosystem projects and previously as Manager of Acquisitions at New Forests, Inc. he led the origination, underwriting, acquisition and asset management for the Eco Product Fund, a $50 million private equity investment fund focused on mitigation banking and carbon offsets and also developed New Forests’ investment strategy in the mitigation banking space and assembled a pipeline of projects worth in excess of $100 million.
National Mitigation Banking Association
Phone: (804) 771-9516
Sara Johnson is the Executive Director of the National Mitigation Banking Association. She is an attorney with a background in and passion for conservation and economic solutions to public environmental issues. Prior to her position with NMBA, Johnson worked in the environmental compliance office of Patuxent River Naval Air Station on the Chesapeake Bay and as a law clerk with the Department of Justice, Environment and Natural Resources Division in Washington, D.C. Johnson holds an undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Richmond and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Virginia, where she served as the Articles Development Editor of the Virginia Environmental Law Journal. She is licensed to practice law in Virginia.
726 2nd Street, Ste. 3B, Annapolis, MD 21403
Phone: (410) 268-7422 | Fax: (410) 268-7423
Email | Website: http://www.greenvestus.comTravis
Doug Lashley is the founder and sole shareholder in GreenVest LLC, a nationally recognized environmental restoration and banking development firm headquartered in Annapolis, MD. GreenVest consults with both private and public property owners as well as develops its own projects and has engaged in the mitigation banking practice since 1993 with its first wetland bank approved in 1996.
Lashley is a real estate and environmental lawyer, with 35 years of experience in commercial litigation, complex land use, permitting and redeployment of environmentally impaired real estate. He has handled major permit application issues on many industrial and waterfront revitalization sites, engaged in brownfield redevelopment, mining reclamation, wetland, stream and nutrient mitigation projects with the EPA the USACOE, State, County and Municipal environmental resource agencies. Lashley helps formulate innovative eco asset development strategies for solving multi stakeholder interests in reuse of land and currently serves on the Maryland Governor’s Task Force for a Green Economy and on various working groups helping to advance the ecosystem service markets in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.
Mark S. Laska, Ph.D.
2251 San Diego Ave, Suite A218, San Diego, CA 92110
Phone: (858) 750-3201
Email | Website: http://www.greatecology.com
Mark S. Laska, Ph.D., is the Founder and President of Great Ecology, an environmental/ecological design consulting firm that focuses on habitat restoration and permitting, ecological studies, and landscape architecture & design.
Mark S. Laska, Ph.D. has over 25 years of experience as an ecologist, businessman, investor, innovator, collaborator, and industry leader. Dr. Laska is an expert in mitigation projects – from the development and business planning stages through the final days of monitoring and site closure. His work is currently focused on New Jersey, California, the Gulf Coast, and Rocky Mountain states. Dr. Laska has worked on a variety of permitee-responsible mitigation projects; Natural Resource Damages strategy, planning, and restoration; and equity investments in wetland mitigation banks. Dr. Laska holds a Doctorate in Ecology and Evolution from Rutgers University and is based in San Diego, California.
Environmental Defense Fund
4000 Westchase Blvd., Suite 510, Raleigh, NC 27607
Phone: (919) 881-2926
Email | Website: http://www.edf.org
Will McDow leads EDF’s effort on biomass energy to address the multiple land, water and wildlife issues associated with increased land-based energy production. His work focuses on policies and practices to address the carbon accounting of bioenergy systems and the development of models of sustainable biomass management. Will works with national, regional and state stakeholders to improve land management, enhance biodiversity and protect water quality on private forest and farm lands.
McDow has spent 10 years specializing in economic incentives and rural land management, with an emphasis on energy markets, Farm Bill programs and tax policy. He led EDF’s multi-year effort to pass legislation in North Carolina that gives property tax relief to landowners who undertake conservation activities on their property. He serves on the NC Forestry Technical Advisory Committee which is responsible for developing best management practices to protect water quality; and the NC Forestry Council to advise the State Forester in the direction and activities of the Division of Forest Resources.
Falling Springs, LLC
6243 River Road, Suite 7, Richmond, VA 23229
Phone: (804) 330-8092 | Fax: (804) 330-8096
Email | Website: http://www.fallingspringsllc.com
James Parker is Manager of Mitigation Sales & Acquisitions for Falling Springs LLC and has been with the company since its inception in 2007. Parker oversees mitigation sales and services in order to provide mitigation solutions for Falling Springs’ clients & customers. He is also responsible for and assists his management team with business development opportunities, financial analysis, underwriting, due diligence, acquisition, and management of the company’s mitigation banking assets. Prior to and coinciding with his work at Falling Springs, Parker was a Real Estate Project Manager for Tredegar Corporation where he managed the corporation’s real estate holdings & investments from 2007-2012. Previously Parker was an account manager with the sports marketing & licensing agency CLC in Atlanta for four years and holds a M.B.A from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia and a B.A. in business administration from James Madison University.
Applied Land Restoration
PO Box 7901, Little Rock, AR 72217
Phone: (501) 725-4775
Page Shurgar is the President and founder of Applied Land Restoration (ALR), a design/build stream and wetland restoration firm specializing in mitigation. She began her professional career as a forester with the Peace Corps in West Africa. Her service continued through over a decade of non-profit activity including working with The Nature Conservancy, the Kings River Watershed Partnership, and various other local watershed initiatives. Prior to ALR, Shurgar co-founded Streamworks Mitigation Services, LLC. During her time there she designed and developed multiple large-scale mitigation projects, primarily for the oil and gas industry. In addition to environmental consulting and contract restoration, ALR owns and operates a mitigation bank in central Arkansas. Shurgar holds a M.S. in Biological Engineering from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, and a B.S. in Natural Resources from the University of the South in Sewanee, TN.
Wildwood Environmental Credit Company, LLC
PO Box 6602, Tyler, TX 75711
Phone: (903) 780-2102
Email | Website: www.wildwoodcredits.com
Preston W. Smith is a Partner and Vice President with Wildwood Environmental Credit Company, LLC (Wildwood), a strategic team focused on sustainable land use. At Wildwood, Smith has specialized in the generation of mitigation and conservation permitting strategies for clients across a variety of industries and states. He currently manages the sales and marketing for Wildwood’s over 25,000 acres of mitigation projects, while aiding in the regulatory permitting of new projects.
Smith has extensive experience in strategic development for ecosystem marketplace opportunities, venture capital raises and the ability to deliver unique marketing solutions. He played a critical role in the acquisition of Pineywoods Mitigation Bank, one of the country’s largest mitigation banks at 19,075 acres. He holds a BA from Southern Methodist University and is a member of numerous conservation minded organizations including the Society of Texas Environmental Professionals.
Resource Environmental Solutions, LLC
Phone: (843) 619-4468 | Cell: 410-236-5123
Email | Website: http://www.res.us/
Randy Wilgis is Chief Solutions Officer at Resource Environmental Solutions LLC (RES) and leads RES efforts to develop solutions for complex mitigation challenges. In South Carolina, Mr. Wilgis led the development of the Carolina Heelsplitter Mitigation Bank and the Waccamaw Mitigation Bank, both precedent-setting projects for the region, along with overseeing multiple turnkey mitigation projects for major economic development initiatives in the area.
Wilgis is a past President of the National Mitigation Banking Association, currently chairs the Partnerships Committee for the South Carolina Mitigation Association, is an instructor for the Conservation Leadership Network, and speaks at a multitude of industry events. Prior to joining EBX, Wilgis was a Senior Vice President with TESSCO Technologies, where he founded three service businesses with combined annual revenues of over $250 million in 2004. He received his BSE from the Duke University School of Engineering, and MBA from the University of Virginia-Darden School of Business and is currently residing in South Carolina.