Law Seminars International Presents

An Advanced One-Day Workshop on the Latest Developments in

Mitigation and Conservation Banking

New applications and practice tips

April 30, 2007
Renaissance Seattle Hotel in Seattle, WA
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Who Should Attend

Attorneys, city planners, real estate developers, and tribal and government officials working on or impacted by mitigation and restoration projects

Why Attend

Mitigation banking has been a successful component of the preservation of wetland habitats in the past. This workshop will cover the entire range of issues associated with wetland mitigation banking and conservation banking, including development of conceptual plans, ESA considerations, and strategies for success. We have brought together a group of distinguished and experienced speakers from the regulatory community, the regulated community, and other leading scientists and attorneys. Don't miss this unique opportunity to hear from the experts in this field in an informal setting! ~Program Co-Chairs: Theda Braddock, Esq., and Lisa Saban

What You Will Learn

~ State and federal regulatory issues and concerns ~ Restoration planning: Legal, ecological and biological factors; developers' perspective ~ The nuts and bolts of NRD restoration ~ Salmon recovery and Puget Sound restoration ~ Mitigation banking: Strategies for success

What Attendees Have Said About Similar Programs

~ Information was fascinating. I really enjoyed all the different perspectives surrounding mitigation banking ~ excellent selection and balance of speakers ~ the materials will be useful for review and implementation in my work ~ overall an excellent event!


Monday, April 30, 2007

8:00 am Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:30 am Introduction & Overview
  Theda Braddock, Esq., Program Co-Chair, NRDA Business Development Leader
Westervelt Ecological Services / Steilacoom, WA
  Lisa Saban, Program Co-Chair, Partner
Windward Environmental LLC / Seattle, WA
8:45 am Regulatory Issues and Concerns in Mitigation
  State perspective on ESA, fish and wetlands; new initiatives
  Lauren Driscoll, Manager Shorelands and Environmental Assistance Program
Washington State Department of Ecology / Olympia, WA
  New proposed federal regulations: changes to, or trends occurring within, the federal realm of compensatory mitigation
  Gail Terzi, Senior Scientist, Mitigation Banking Program Manager
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - Seattle District Regulatory Branch / Seattle, WA
10:15 am Break
10:30 am Mitigation Planning
  Legal factors: What to consider
  Kevin Halsey, Regulatory Specialist
Parametrix, Inc. / Portland, OR
  Ecological and biological factors; determination of limiting factors; how to make a degraded wetland a functional one
  Maryann Welsch, Aquatic Ecologist
Windward Environmental LLC / Portland, ME
  Developer's perspective
  A.W. "Sandy" Mackie, Jr., Esq.
Perkins Coie LLP / Olympia, WA
12:15 pm Lunch (on your own)
1:30 pm Natural Resource Damages Restoration
  Ron Gouguet, Chief-Coastal Resource Coordination Branch
NOAA Coastal Protection and Restoration Division / Seattle, WA
2:15 pm Mitigation Banking: Strategies for Success
  Victor Woodward, Managing Partner
Habitat Banc NW / Woodinville, WA
3:00 pm Break
3:15 pm Conservation Banking
  Salmon recovery
  Dennis Canty, President
Evergreen Funding Consultants / Seattle, WA
  Nearshore restoration in Puget Sound
  George Blomberg, Environmental Planner
Port of Seattle / Seattle, WA
  Mitigation banking going forward
  Theda Braddock, Esq., Program Co-Chair, NRDA Business Development Leader
Westervelt Ecological Services / Steilacoom, WA
  Craig Denisoff, Vice President
Westervelt Ecological Services / Sacramento, CA
  Lisa Saban, Program Co-Chair, Partner
Windward Environmental LLC / Seattle, WA
5:00 pm Evaluations & Adjourn


Regular tuition for this program is $595 with a group rate of $520 each for two or more registrants from the same firm. For government employees, we offer a special rate of $445. For students and people in their job for less than a year, our rate is $297.50. All rates include admission to all seminar sessions, food and beverages at breaks, and all course materials. Make checks payable to Law Seminars International.

Cancellation & Substitution

You may substitute another person at any time. We will refund tuition, less a $50 cancellation fee, if we receive your cancellation by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, April 23, 2007. After that time, we will credit your tuition toward attendance at another program or the purchase of a homestudy. There is a $25 cancellation fee for Course Materials orders and $50 for Homestudy orders.

Continuing Education Credits

This program qualifies for 6.5 WA CLE credits. Upon request, we will apply for CLE credits in other states and other types of credits.


The workshop will be held at the Renaissance Seattle Hotel at 515 Madison St. in Seattle, WA 98104. Call the hotel directly at (206) 583-0300 or reserve on line (promo code L64) for reservations at the special negotiated rate of $159 and mention that you are attending a Law Seminars International workshop. Rooms are on a first come, first served basis.
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If You Cannot Attend

Our complete Homestudy Course, consisting of a VHS or DVD recording and the written course materials, is available for $605. The written course materials alone are available for $100. We will ship your homestudy order via UPS ground within two weeks after the seminar or the date we receive payment (whichever is later).
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Faculty Bios

Theda Braddock, Program Co-Chair, NRDA Business Development Leader of Westervelt Ecological Services, LLC, develops natural resource damage restoration projects. She is the author of the Washington Environmental Law Handbook, Wetlands Regulation: Case Law, Interpretation & Commentary, and Wetlands: An Introduction to Ecology, the Law, and Permitting (the second edition of which will be available in May 2007).

Lisa Saban, Program Co-Chair, a Partner at Windward Environmental LLC, serves as a project manager, lead scientist, or technical advisor for environmental assessments and evaluations. She has extensive experience managing complex projects related to ecological risk assessment, sediment investigations, and natural resource damage assessments.

George Blomberg, an Environmental Planner with the Port of Seattle, conducts environmental reviews for Port marine terminals and industrial projects and works with city, state, and federal agencies and Treaty tribes, to obtain project approvals. His work includes experience with evaluation of aquatic area and shoreline habitat, mitigation planning, and project-related compensation actions.

Dennis Canty, founder and President of Evergreen Funding Consultants, is a specialist in water-related environmental issues and strategic fundraising for regional initiatives. He has written grants and proposals that have raised more than $80 million in public and private funding for environmental projects.

Craig Denisoff is Vice President of Westervelt Ecological Services and serves as President of the National Mitigation Banking Association. Previously, he worked for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, California State Legislature, and was Assistant Secretary for the California Resources Agency supervising its nationally recognized wetland and coastal programs.

Lauren Driscoll is the Manager for the Shorelands and Environmental Assistance Program Wetland, Watershed and Flood section of the Washington State Department of Ecology, and is the policy lead for their wetland mitigation bank pilot rule project. She is currently working on the Director of Ecology's Effective Mitigation Initiative to promote and implement mitigation alternatives.

Ron Gouguet is Chief of the Coastal Resource Coordination Branch of NOAA’s Coastal Protection and Restoration Division. Previously, as NOAA’s Coastal Resource Coordinator he participated in designing remedial investigations and ecological risk assessments in the EPA’s Superfund program and on RCRA and state lead sites in Texas and Louisiana.

Kevin Halsey, Regulatory Specialist at Parametrix, Inc., focuses on Endangered Species Act, Clean Water Act, and National Environmental Policy Act issues. His recent project work concentrates on development of multi-resource ecosystem markets and the tools necessary to implement them.

A.W. "Sandy" Mackie, partner at Perkins Coie LLP, focuses his practice on land use regulation and real estate development, including growth management compliance, planning, development regulations and changes, land acquisition and due diligence, project planning, and permit hearings and appeals.

Gail Terzi is a Senior Scientist and the Mitigation Banking Program Manager in the Regulatory Branch of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Seattle District. Her duties include assessment of project impacts for work in wetlands, streams and other water bodies, field investigations, and Endangered Species Act coordination.

Maryann Welsch is an Aquatic Ecologist at Windward Environmental LLC and has served as project manager or scientist for environmental assessments and evaluations in the Pacific Northwest and the East Coast. Her project experience includes habitat evaluations, biological surveys, and sediment and water quality studies to support ecological risk assessments and natural resource damage assessments.

Victor Woodward, the Managing Partner of Habitat Banc NW, has spent the last six years researching, permitting and developing wetland mitigation banks in Washington. His Snohomish Basin Mitigation Bank was the first to be permitted through the State’s pilot banking program.