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Mentoring the Next Generation of Wetland Professionals: A Collaborative Initiative with the Society of Wetland Scientists

ASWM SWSWednesday, October 6, 2021 - 3:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m. EDT

ABSTRACT

Baby Boomers are retiring at record rates, with 3.2 million more of them retiring in the third quarter of 2020 than in the same quarter during 2019 according to a 2020 Pew Research Center study. Not only does this create a monumental hiring challenge for businesses, government agencies, universities, non-profits and others, but it can also result in a significant loss of institutional knowledge as seasoned employees leave the workforce. Alternatively, this presents a tremendous opportunity for students and emerging professionals to pursue their professional goals. But how each organization manages the transfer of knowledge and how much they invest in mentoring can make all the difference between a successful transition and a not-so-successful transition.

This is particularly true for careers that require specialized knowledge and experience such as wetland science, wetland policy, and wetland regulatory programs, to name a few. To address this need, the Association of State Wetland Managers (ASWM) and the Society of Wetland Scientists (SWS) have agreed to provide a joint membership opportunity for students in 2022. Any student who joins either organization in 2022 will receive a free, complimentary membership to the other organization. ASWM and SWS have also engaged in discussions regarding partnering on a student mentoring initiative. The details of the joint mentoring program are still being ironed out but will be finalized toward the end of 2022.

This webinar introduces the SWS-ASWM student mentorship initiative and will provide presentations by students themselves about what their career goals are, how they plan to achieve them, what their needs and challenges are, and what they think is needed to develop a successful mentorship program. The goal of this webinar is to hear directly from students about what they need to be successful and what they expect and/or need in a mentoring program. The intended audience for this webinar is broad but students are strongly encouraged to attend and participate.

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Risk Reduction for Mitigation Projects: Perspectives on Financial Assurances' Best Practices

Part 1 of 2: Letters of Credit & Escrow Accounts

Tuesday, December 7, 2021 - 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. EST

PRESENTERS

  • Steve Martin, Retired Institute for Water Resources, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • Steve Moore, Vice President of Finance, Westervelt Ecological Services, LLC
  • Amelia Savage, Environmental Attorney, Hopping Green & Sams

ABSTRACTS

Steve Moore

Abstract
This presentation includes a discussion of the definition and makeup of LOCs, the parties to the LOC contract and their responsibilities, and the typical duration of the LOC contract. With that in mind, the presentation discusses the uses of LOCs and some minimum requirements established by USACE. LOCs as a form of financial assurance offer procedural and substantive benefits, but also present limitations and potential pitfalls. Mr. Moore will offer some general considerations and recommendations for best practices for the USACE and Mitigation Bank/ ILF/ Project Sponsors.

Amelia Savage

Amelia Savage will be addressing the basics of escrow accounts and how they can be utilized by mitigation bankers to provide financial assurances as required by the United States Army Corps of Engineers. Topics will include: elements of escrow accounts; parties and general responsibilities; duration; use; and considerations and recommendations for both the bank sponsors and the regulators.

BIOS

Steve Martin

Steven Martin’s current focus is on compensatory mitigation policy and evaluation of compensatory mitigation proposals. He has assisted non-profits in evaluating potential mitigation projects and is consulting for the Ecological Restoration Business Association (ERBA). He is also working with Ecosystem Planning and Restoration on development of mitigation bank and In-Lieu Fee Program review workbooks and checklists.

In 2020, he retired from the Corps’ Institute for Water Resources (IWR) as a senior environmental scientist. His work at IWR included national implementation of the Regulatory In-lieu fee and Bank Information Tracking System (RIBITS), teaching aspects of compensatory mitigation policy and practices to Corps staff and other federal and state agencies, and development of tools to assist regulators in improving compensatory mitigation. He co-authored handbooks on financial assurances and site protection.

Prior to joining IWR, he worked for the Norfolk District Regulatory Branch where his work included wetland delineation, permitting, and compensatory mitigation. While in Norfolk, Mr. Martin chaired and oversaw development of 7 commercial mitigation banks, helped develop a template Mitigation Bank Instrument, off-site mitigation location guidelines, an in-lieu fee program instrument, and joint Norfolk District-Virginia DEQ Wetland Mitigation Guidelines.

Steve is a certified professional wetland scientist (PWS). He has an MS in Fish and Wildlife Biology from Virginia Tech.


Steve MooreSteve Moore is the Vice President in charge of Business Analysis and Acquisition for Westervelt Ecological Services. Mr. Moore has over 30 years of experience in financial management, contract coordination and corporate strategic planning oversight. In his role, Mr. Moore is responsible for all aspects of financial analysis and reporting for Westervelt’ s mitigation and conservation banks, habitat mitigation turnkeys and service contracts for the Western, Southeastern and Rocky Mountain regions. In addition, he manages office operations and administrative support functions.

Mr. Moore is well versed in state-specific contracting requirements throughout the country. Mr. Moore works in cooperation with Regional Directors and processes managers to establish contract costs, create and maintain project pro forma, and control mitigation project budgets. In addition, Mr. Moore has extensive experience in coordinating with title and escrow companies during the land acquisition feasibility and acquisition processes. Mr. Moore has successfully managed the cash flow requirements, vendor payments and contract receivables for Westervelt for more than twelve years.

Prior to joining Westervelt, Mr. Moore held the positions of Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer and other related titles for various real estate development firms throughout Northern California including the Central Valley.  

Amelia Savage

Amelia Savage works as an attorney in Florida on various environmental issues. She has worked on wetland mitigation banks and conservation banks for more than 15 years and routinely works with bankers, sellers, buyers, and regulators in all aspects of mitigation banking applications and implementation. In addition to mitigation banking and conservation banking, she helps utilities, businesses, and private landowners in Florida get the local, state, and federal permits needed to construct and operate their projects. These projects include personal docks, marinas, linear facilities, electric generation, mining, housing, and other developments.

 

 

 

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Risk Reduction for Mitigation Projects: Perspectives on Financial Assurances' Best Practices

Part 2 of 2: Casualty Insurance & Surety Bonds

Tuesday, December 14, 2021 - 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. EST

PRESENTERS

  • Alexander Dam, Director, Surety & Performance Security, Aon
  • Chris Baker, Principal, Conservation United
  • Robert Spoth, President, Ecosystems Insurance

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