Navigating a Maze of Regulatory Issues

Luke Frazza, Trout Headwaters (THI) Vice President for Development met with key regulators and others in Washington recently as part of the National Mitigation Banking Association annual fly-in.  Frazza, along with other companies in the restoration industry, attended meetings with various congressional representatives, agency leaders, and committee staffers in support…

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Ag Mitigation Program – Voices of Concern

From the heart of the Prairie Pothole Region, writers Chuck Clayton and Jim Madsen, of the Izaak Walton League warn: ‘Be wary of ag wetland mitigation banks.’  In response to a much-publicized recent release of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s $9 million grant program for the development of agricultural mitigation…

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20th Anniversary Edition of Trout Headwaters RecentWORK

Now available for iBooks or in hard copy from Amazon, Trout Headwaters anniversary edition of RecentWork, features stream, wetland and habitat restoration projects from across the United States.  Hundreds of photos, as well as quotes on nature and the environment are assembled in this concise volume first published in 2009. This latest revised volume has…

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Trout Headwaters Completes Its First 20 Years

With a broad smile and heartfelt thanks I am penning this post between industry and client meetings in Oregon.  Trout Headwaters, Inc. (THI) turned 20 last week (that’s like 140 in 21st century business years) and has now provided vital and high-quality ecological restoration products and services on more than…

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Coldwater Fisheries expected to decline 62% by 2100

The EPA estimates a frightening decline in cold water fisheries by the end of this century. Unmitigated Climate Change is expected to reduce habitat suitable for coldwater fisheries nationally by approximately 62% by 2100.  While a best case scenario Global Greenhouse Gas (GHG) mitigation plan might slow that loss to…

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Study Dispels Some Common Perceptions of the US Endangered Species Act

The Washington Post just ran a story about new analysis that found, in the past seven years, not a single project has been halted or extensively changed as a result of the Endangered Species Act (ESA), Section 7 which requires federal agencies to “consult with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service…

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