Posts by Ben Guillon - WRA, Inc.

Water Rights for Restoration

Conservation Finance Series—Part Seven of Eight By Jane Rice and Ben Guillon, WRA, Inc., with guest contributor Bill Wombacher of Ryley Carlock & Applewhite. If you own water rights and are interested in selling or leasing them to restore stream flows and habitat, this article will help you navigate potential opportunities. The article includes an…

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Payments for Watershed Services

Conservation Finance Series—Part Six of Nine By Jane Rice and Ben Guillon, WRA, Inc., with guest contributor Jeff Corbin of Restoration Systems, LLC. Payments for watershed services totaled $24.7 billion globally in 2015, according to a recent report, The Global Status and Trends of Payments for Ecosystem Services. Payments for watershed services dominate global environmental…

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Carbon Crediting

Conservation Finance Series—Part Five of Eight By Jane Rice and Ben Guillon, WRA, Inc., in collaboration with Josh Strauss and Ben Parkhurst, Bluesource LLC. This blog post is focused on land-based carbon crediting opportunities for forests and grasslands based on the relative maturity of the markets and our assumptions regarding WLA members’ interests. What is…

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Conservation Easements

Conservation Finance Series—Part Four of Eight By Jane Rice and Ben Guillon, WRA, Inc., in collaboration with Erik Glenn, Executive Director of Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust. How do conservation easements work? A conservation easement is a voluntary commitment by a landowner to limit development on his/her property and protect resources like wildlife habitat, open…

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Species Conservation Banking and Habitat Exchanges

Conservation Finance Series—Part Three of Eight How does species conservation banking work? The Federal Endangered Species Act (ESA), as well as some other federal and state regulations, prevents the destruction and harassment of protected species. This protection extends also to the habitat these species use throughout their life, such as habitat for nesting, rearing young,…

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Wetland and Stream Mitigation Banking

Conservation Finance Series—Part Two of Eight How does mitigation banking work? Under the federal Clean Water Act and certain state regulations, streams and wetlands are protected resources and cannot be filled or dredged without a permit delivered by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and some state agencies. President G. W. Bush pushed to ensure…

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Introduction to Conservation Finance

Conservation Finance Series—Part One of Eight Landowners can be paid for improving soil health, water quality and wildlife diversity while maintaining agricultural and ranching operations on their land. This is the exact premise of conservation finance. A variety of approaches, including conservation easements, wetland mitigation banking, grassland carbon sequestration and watershed investment funds, pay landowners…

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