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Conservation banking provides resource-based credits to offset unavoidable ecological damage from regulated land uses such as development, transportation, transmission, pipelines, and other activities. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and/or National Marine Fisheries Service approve conservation banks.

Whether you are in the business of developing conservation banks or seeking credits to offset impacts from your project, SWCA can guide you through the process from start to finish. Our conservation banking specialties span the planning, permitting and monitoring phases to ensure the long-term success of your conservation bank.

SWCA has helped clients navigate the Endangered Species Act since our inception in 1981. Our resource experts have experience working with a broad range of species that development projects may impact. Despite the highly technical application process requiring a great deal of agency interaction, the depth of our experience and long-standing relationships with regulatory staff help facilitate the conservation banking process for you. SWCA has strong relationships with oil and gas providers, developers, and municipal governments who are often the main clients of conservation banks, helping us to connect their compliance needs with the most appropriate resources.

Relevant Services

Planning Phase

  • Feasibility Studies
  • Habitat Assessments
  • Threatened/Endangered Species Surveys
  • Cost Estimation
  • Credit Analysis and Release Planning
  • Economic Gains Assessments and Financial Analyses
  • Site Selection Studies and Baseline Characterization
  • Habitat Enhancement/Restoration Design
  • Cultural Resource Assessments
  • GIS Mapping
  • Wetland Mapping

Permitting Phase

  • Endangered Species Act Consultation and Permitting
  • Habitat Conservation Planning
  • National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Analysis
  • Draft and Final Prospectus
  • Conservation Banking Instrument Development
  • Conservation Bank Planning, Document Preparation, and Permitting
  • Conservation Bank Review Team Negotiations

Management/Monitoring Phase

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