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Ruckelshaus Institute

Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources


Tuesday, April 2

Setting the Stage: Why We Need Conservation Finance

8:00 a.m.

Welcome, Purpose, and “What is conservation finance?”
Jason Shogren, Stroock Professor, Department of Economics and Finance, UW

8:10 a.m.

Conservation Finance and the Governor's Energy Strategy
Nephi Cole, Wyoming Governor's Office

8:30 a.m.

A Global View: Common themes, common issues
Kenneth Lay, former Treasurer of the World Bank, Senior Managing Director at the Rock Creek Group

The Basics: Conservation Finance Tools and Structures

9:00 a.m.

Conservation Finance for Everyone
Story Clark, Conservation Consultant

9:45 a.m.


10:00 a.m.

Wildlife Habitat Exchanges: Moving from practices to quantified outcomes
Sara Brodnax, Environmental Defense Fund

10:30 a.m.

Mitigation Banking and Credit Trading
Michael Fraley, Sweetwater River Conservancy

11:00 a.m.

Leveraging State Investment with Public Support
Bob Budd, Wyoming Wildlife and Natural Resource Trust

11:30 a.m.

Local Conservation Finance: The Sheridan County Ballot Initiative
Brian Kuehl, Vela Environmental

Distinguished Speaker


Lunch provided

12:45 p.m.

Lunchtime keynote: Mark Gordon, Wyoming State Treasurer

Market-based Approaches to Conservation Finance

1:30 p.m.

Market Approaches to Water Management
Cory Toye, Trout Unlimited

2:00 p.m.

Lessons from Texas: The Golden-cheeked Warbler and the Dune Sagebrush Lizard
Brian Hays, Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources

2:30 p.m.

The Upper Green River Conservation Exchange
Kristi Hansen, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, UW

3:00 p.m.


Public-Private Partnerships: Lessons from Wyoming

3:30 p.m.

Panel Discussion

Natural Gas Mitigation in Southwest Wyoming (JIO-PAPO): Using private lands to offset impacts on public lands
Panelists: Holly Copeland, TNC; Matt Kauffman, USGS and UW; Don Simpson, BLM; Randy Teeuwen, energy industry
Moderator: Kristi Hansen, Agricultural and Applied Economics Department, UW

4:50 p.m.

Closing Remarks

5:00 p.m.


Wednesday, April 3

Field Trip

8:30 a.m.

Depart from Casper for Pathfinder Ranch

9:30 a.m.

Implementing Mitigation and Conservation Banks
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

10:45 a.m.

Field Tour of Proposed Mitigation Bank

11:30 a.m.


12:30 p.m.

Depart for Casper

1:30 p.m.

Return to Casper

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