MitigatoinAn Ecological Framework for Compensatory Mitigation Training Webinar Series

Background & Goals

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) was interested in developing a webinar training series with topics that go beyond what is currently available at the National Interagency Review Team course or in Corps Regulatory Mitigation Workshops. The purpose of the contract between the Corps and the Association of State Wetland Managers (ASWM) was to develop and provide advanced training materials for current and future Corps regulatory staff engaged in reviewing, approving and monitoring compensatory mitigation. However, the audience for the webinars and training workshop could also include other people who are working with or running compensatory mitigation programs such as state agency staff, etc. The project is intended to address all forms of compensatory mitigation, i.e., banks, in-lieu fee and permittee responsible. There are nine recorded webinars with an average of three presentations in each for this series that build on the information from each preceding webinar.

For more information and/or to join our email list for notices about upcoming events, please contact Laura Burchill at or (207) 892-3399.

View a List of Past Compensatory Mitigation Webinar Series Recordings Here

Target Audience

Project Reviewers, Regulators, Practitioners, State and Tribal Wetland Program Staff

Webinars in the Training Series

Webinar 1: An Ecological Framework for Reviewing Compensatory Mitigation: An Introduction – June 19, 2018

Objectives and Test Questions for the Presentations by:

        • Eric Stein, “An Ecological Framework for Reviewing Compensatory Mitigation”
        • Jeremy Sueltenfuss, “Introduction to Wetland Hydrology”
        • W. Lee Daniels, “Ensuring Soil Quality and Function in Wetland Creation and Restoration Efforts”
        • Matt Schweisberg, "An Ecological Framework for Reviewing Compensatory Mitigation – Biology (Mostly Plants)"


Webinar 2: An Ecological Framework for Reviewing Compensatory Mitigation: Abiotic Processes– July 16, 2018

Objectives and Test Questions for the Presentations by:

        • Lenore Vasilas, “Soil, Landscape, Hydrology Relationships”
        • Walter I. Priest, III, “Factors Governing Successful Tidal Wetland Mitigation”
        • Steve Eggers, “Concepts and Components of Performance Standards for Target Hydrology”


Webinar 3: An Ecological Framework for Reviewing Compensatory Mitigation: Biotic Processes – August 29, 2018

Objectives and Test Questions for the Presentations by:

        • Matt Gause, “Biotic Processes – Vernal Pool Case Study”
        • Mick Micacchion, “Biological Components of Compensatory Mitigation Wetlands”
        • Gretchen Coffman, “Biotic Processes in Riverine Wetlands”


Webinar 4: An Ecological Framework for Reviewing Compensatory Mitigation: Plan Review – March 21, 2019

Objectives and Test Questions for the Presentations by:

        • Michelle Mattson, “Mitigation Plan Review: Site Selection, Riverine Systems”
        • Michael S. Rolband, “Red Flag” Review for Hydrology and Soils in Palustrine Systems”
        • Karen Greene, “Monitoring Plans and Adaptive Management for Coastal Mitigation Projects”


Webinar 5: An Ecological Framework for Reviewing Compensatory Mitigation: Coherent Plans – Goals, Objectives, Performance Standards, Outcomes and Monitoring – April 18, 2019

Objectives and Test Questions for the Presentations by:

        • Eric Stein, “Linking Monitoring Indicators to Performance Standards”
        • Mick Micacchion, “Performance Standards and Monitoring Protocols for Ohio Compensatory Mitigation Wetlands”
        • Anthony Zemba, “Ecological Considerations in Wetland Mitigation Planning and Monitoring”


Webinar 6: An Ecological Framework for Reviewing Compensatory Mitigation: From Conceptual to Final Design – May 15, 2019

Objectives and Test Questions for the Presentations by:

        • Matt Gause, “Wetland Mitigation Concept to Final Design – Where Dreams and Reality Collide”
        • Larry Urban, “Three Phases of Design in Compensatory Mitigation Projects”
        • Jeanne Richardson, “Mitigation Work Plans: A Regulator’s Perspective”


Webinar 7: An Ecological Framework for Reviewing Compensatory Mitigation: Anticipating the Unexpected - June 27, 2019

Objectives and Test Questions for the Presentations by:

        • W. Lee Daniels, “Soil Compaction and Acid-S Conditions”
        • Shawn Chartrand, “Anticipating the Unexpected in the Context of Dam Removal”
        • Krystel Bell, “Adaptive Management: A Regulator’s Perspective”

 
Webinar 8: An Ecological Framework for Reviewing Compensatory Mitigation: Oversight and Compliance - October 24, 2019

Objectives and Test Questions for the Presentations by:

        • Kristina Hall, “Mitigation Oversight and Compliance: USACE Regulatory Perspective”
        • Sarah Woodford, “An Ecological Framework for Reviewing Compensatory Mitigation: Oversight and Compliance”
        • Ashley Zavagno, “Challenges and Potential Solutions for Mitigation Compliance: Project Sponsor and Consultant Perspective”


Webinar 9: An Ecological Framework for Reviewing Compensatory Mitigation: How interests in property may affect mitigation projects - February 20, 2020

Objectives and Test Questions for the Presentations by:

        • Paul Loftus, “Understanding and Addressing Real Property Interests for Successful Site Protection & Financial Assurances”
        • Kara Hellige, “How Water Rights Drive Aquatic Resource Mitigation in the West”
        • Robin Bedenbaugh, “Factors Affecting Cost and Feasibility of Mitigation Projects”