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Ducks Unlimited Offers Wetland Mitigation Services

Vermont In-Lieu Fee Program Kicks Off
WATERBURY, Vt., Jan. 26, 2011 – Ducks Unlimited has received approval to operate the Vermont In-Lieu Fee Program to fulfill wetland mitigation requirements for parties authorized by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to impact wetlands within the state of Vermont. 

"DU has more than 70 years experience in wetland enhancement and restoration work and is recognized as the world's leading wetland conservation organization," Chris Theriot, manager of mitigation programs for DU's Great Lakes and Atlantic Region, said. "Operating the DU-VT-ILFP allows us to apply this experience to deliver quality wetland restoration projects that will compensate for Corps-authorized wetland impacts in Vermont." 

Under the ILF regulations, DU does not participate in the regulatory permitting process related to wetland impacts. The Corps and other regulatory agencies will continue to make all decisions regarding whether to grant authorization to impact wetlands; all projects delivered under the In-Lieu Fee are subject to Corps approval. Parties required to provide mitigation will be able to purchase wetland credits from DU's VT-ILFP. This allows public and private developers to realize economic advantages over implementing their own mitigation projects. These advantages include reduced permitting time and costs and transfer of all mitigation obligations. DU receives an administrative fee to manage the program and will be responsible for project delivery and long-term management. 

"In-lieu fee programs allow for targeted restoration projects that address specific needs within certain watersheds and align with state and regional conservation priorities," Theriot said. "Restoration projects will be located so as to maximize benefits for priority wetland habitats that benefit multiple species of fish and wildlife." 

Ducks Unlimited and the New England Army Corps will host a workshop to introduce the public to the program and its operations. The workshop will be held in conjunction with the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources Department of Environmental Conservation and will include presentations of new Wetland Rules and changes to jurisdiction related to rivers and streams. The event will take place on February 1, 2011, at the Hazens Notch Room, Osgood building, 103 South Main Street, Waterbury, Vt. Seating is limited to 60. Please RSVP to Mike Adams at michael.s.adams@usace.army.mil or to 802-879-9672.  

The New England Army Corps of Engineers approved the program with support from members of a review team that included the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources. For additional information on DU's VT-ILF program, please contact Chris Theriot, manager of mitigation programs for DU's Great Lakes and Atlantic Region, at 734-623-2000 or ctheriot@ducks.org

Ducks Unlimited is the world's largest non-profit organization dedicated to conserving North America's continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 12 million acres thanks to contributions from more than a million supporters across the continent. Guided by science and dedicated to program efficiency, DU works toward the vision of wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow, and forever.   


Kristin Schrader         734.623.2000      kschrader@ducks.org 

         April Moulaert          802-864-2989      april@waterscapesvt.com 

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