As residential growth and development of infrastructure continue to convert productive agricultural and forested lands, there are also impacts to wetlands, streams, wildlife habitat and other vital resources. In order to mitigate those unavoidable damages and losses, the federal and state governments have established a variety of mitigation programs.
NALT has experience working with these varied programs from New York to California. Whether as a stand-alone project to provide mitigation credits to a Mitigation Bank, or as part of the mitigation required of a permit seeker, a permanent conservation easement over the restored or preserved resources is often required by the regulatory agency.
NALT also has experience in emerging markets for carbon sequestration, nutrients and endangered species habitat. Depending on the location of the project and the market dynamics, this strategy may provide a revenue stream for conservation management and restoration of the property. NALT can help to identify opportunities to generate income from these activities, as well as to coordinate the team that brings the project to fruition.
Carbon in the atmosphere is a driver of climate change. In response, California and other jurisdictions have developed a marketplace for carbon offset credits that are generated and certified from forested lands that are permanently protected from conversion and which apply enhanced forest management strategies. Opportunities for range-land carbon credits are beginning to emerge. NALT has helped landowners to evaluate these revenue-generating opportunities and to coordinate these with either an existing or a new Conservation Easement.
There are other exciting possibilities emerging, and NALT is committed to providing the best possible advice on stewardship practices that are not only good for the environment, but also produce income to the landowner.