White irisette

Sisyrinchium dichotomum

This week some of our WLS staff had the opportunity to conduct an endangered species survey for the White irisette. The survey was completed in Polk County, NC. This perennial herb lives on mid-elevation slopes in dry to moderate moisture oak hickory forests. They like partial sunlight and grow from 10 to 16 inches tall. Good news! Many of the previously documented areas of occurrence were located! The White irisette is threatened by human disturbances, with residential development and road development being the biggest disturbances.

A bonus of the trip was getting to observe beautiful views from the top of White Oak Mountain!

To learn more about the White irisette click the link below.

https://www.fws.gov/southeast/pdf/fact-sheet/white-irisette.pdf

PRESS RELEASE WLS CEO Moderator & Expert Panelist at 2018 NMEBC Conference

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WATER & LAND SOLUTIONS CEO ADAM MCINTYRE TO MODERATE COMPARATIVE WORKSHOP AND PARTICIPATE IN EXPERT PANEL DISCUSSIONS AT 2018 NMEBC CONFERENCE IN LOUISVILLE, KY

Raleigh, North Carolina, USA (May 1, 2018) – Water & Land Solutions, LLC (WLS) CEO & Co-Founder, Adam V. McIntyre, will moderate a comparative Workshop on day two of the National Mitigation & Ecosystem Banking Conference (NMEBC) being held in Louisville, KY on May 7 – May 11, 2018.  Later in the week, Adam will also participate in an expert Panel Discussion under the “10 Years of the Rule” Session 4 moniker.  Adam will specifically focus on “Comparing Intent of Rule to Implementation” during the panel discussions, which will also include representatives from state and federal regulatory agencies as well as industry scientists from across the U.S.  The Workshop, “The PRM vs. ILF vs. Mitigation Banking”, will compare the various types of mitigation program options available across multiple USACE Districts and the pros and cons within each individual district.  This Panel will feature some of the industry’s most influential and knowledgeable practitioners.  “The PRM vs. ILF vs. Mitigation Banking” Workshop will be held on Tuesday, May 8th at 4:30pm, while the “10 Years of the Rule” Panel will be held on Thursday, May 10th at 8:30am.

Established in 1997, NMEBC is the first and only of its kind to bring members of the environmental community together to advance and protect the environment in a financially sustainable way. Private investment and public/private alliances are leading the way towards improving the environment and streamlining permit approvals for important infrastructure projects.  This conference is a “must attend” for those involved in this industry, drawing attendees who are key decision makers and leaders from business, government (local, state and federal), nonprofits, and universities — further broken down by regulators, users/buyers of credits, bankers, investors, suppliers, attorneys, engineers, real estate developers, planners, consultants, landowners and interested observers.  “Carlene is one of the most well-known and well-respected leaders of the Mitigation Industry” said Adam, of Carlene Bahler the President of JT&A which produces the NMEBC annual conference.  Adam goes on to say that, “She [Carlene] and her conference have been a major catalyst for the improvements and sweeping changes we have seen in our industry over the past two decades.  It’s an absolute honor to present at her [JT&A] conference, especially about something I am so passionate about.  Given the political changes in our country the past few years, this opportunity provides the chance to really dig in and see how policy, process and change have shaped our industry”.

About WLS:
Water & Land Solutions (WLS) is a hybrid mitigation solutions and ecosystem restoration firm that incorporates expertise in compensatory mitigation, market analysis, environmental consulting, land management, and regulatory permitting. Our mitigation banking experience and specialized expertise ensures that investors and stakeholders will maximize credit yields and profits while complying with current environmental regulations. At WLS, our philosophy and guiding principles seek to maximize the financial and ecological value for each project. We employ the latest advancements in natural sciences, engineering, and construction practices to implement successful restoration projects.

To learn more about WLS visit: http://www.waterlandsolutions.com/

About NMEBC:
Credentialed media are welcome at NMEBC and should email info@mitigationbankingconference.com for access to the conference.

To learn more about NMEBC visit: https://mitigationbankingconference.com/

PRESS RELEASE WLS AMONG INDUSTRY EXPERTS TO PRESENT AT TEXAS WETLANDS CONFERENCE

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

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Local Start-Up Environmental Firm Again Recognized as Industry Leader and Innovator Selected to Present at Longest Running Industry Conference of Environmental Professionals in Texas

Raleigh, North Carolina, USA (February 27, 2018) – For over a quarter century, CLE International has worked to keep industry professionals abreast of current wetland issues throughout the state of Texas, by hosting the annual Texas Wetlands Conference. Each year, CLE has selected and worked with the industries’ top experts to present on a wide variety of wetland related topics from the bottomland hardwoods in Eastern Texas to the playa lakes in Western Texas. Adam V. McIntyre, CEO & Co-Founder of Water & Land Solutions (WLS), a small North Carolina based Environmental Firm, were among the twelve (12) industry experts chosen to speak at this year’s 28th Annual Texas Wetlands Conference being held in Austin, Texas from March 5 - 6, 2018. Pamela Fetterman, Founder & Principal Scientist of ecoGenesis, LLC, will be co-presenting with Adam. Adam and Pam have been working on the establishment of two (2) large wetland and stream mitigation banks, in the Houston area, over the past 3 years.    

Adam and Pam’s presentation, “HGM Models & Other Functional Assessment Methods”, is scheduled for Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at 1:30 pm (ET) at the 28th Annual Texas Wetlands Conference, being held at the Omni Hotel at Southpark in Austin, Texas March 5-6, 2018.

About CLE International:
CLE International has been a provider of continuing professional education programs throughout the United States and Canada since 1983. Its seminars, which focus on the cutting edge of emerging legal issues of vital importance to attorneys and their clients, real estate professionals, accountants, consultants and government agencies, have received wide acclaim from bench and bar for the high quality of its faculty (all of whom are recognized experts in their fields of specialty) and its efficient organization of detailed and useful information. CLE International is accredited by the bar associations of the many states where its programs are presented.

Each seminar is chaired by a carefully selected expert in the topic area presented. The presentations are richly supplemented with written materials, including the very latest in pending or passed legislation affecting practitioners or clients active in the topic area; graphics and charts; recent case law and regulations; and insights into enforcement priorities of involved regulatory agencies.

To learn more about CLE and this years' conference visit: http://www.cvent.com/.

About WLS:
Water & Land Solutions (WLS)
is a hybrid mitigation solutions and ecosystem restoration firm that incorporates expertise in compensatory mitigation, market analysis, environmental consulting, land management, and regulatory permitting. Our mitigation banking experience and specialized expertise ensures that investors and stakeholders will maximize credit yields and profits while complying with current environmental regulations. At WLS, our philosophy and guiding principles seek to maximize the financial and ecological value for each project. We employ the latest advancements in natural sciences, engineering, and construction practices to implement successful restoration projects.

To learn more about WLS visit: http://www.waterlandsolutions.com/.

PRESS RELEASE WLS APPOINTS NEW NATURAL RESOURCES DEPARTMENT MANAGER

Friday, February 23, 2018

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ENVIRONMENTAL MITIGATION SOLUTIONS & ECOSYSTEMS RESTORATION FIRM HIRES INDUSTRY  REPUTABLE BIOLOGIST TO FURTHER MISSION TO COMMUNITY & ENVIRONMENT

Raleigh, North Carolina, USA (February 23, 2018) – Water & Land Solutions, LLC (WLS), today announced the hiring of Christopher M. Sheats as its’ Natural Resources Department Manager, Chris is an aquatic biologist and wetland scientist within the Environmental Industry, bringing over fifteen (15) years of field and project management experience to the WLS Family.  “As Manager of our newly formed Natural Resources Department, Chris will be responsible for building our Natural Resources Department and furthering our mission to improve environmental systems throughout the Southeast US”, said Adam V. McIntyre, CEO & Co-Founder of WLS.  “We are ecstatic to have Chris join the WLS family.  I’ve worked with and have been good friends with Chris for over 14 years.  He brings the ideal combination of outstanding technical skills and the ethical and moral traits that we desire in our team members”.

Chris spent the last 13 years as a Wetland Scientist & Aquatic Biologist for Three Oaks Engineering and The Catena Group,  where he honed his expertise in aquatic species surveys, wetland delineations, the development of NRTR’s, GIS, graphics mapping, EIS’s and EA’s, while working with all facets of state and federal municipalities and agencies.  Chris received his B.S in Botany, from NC State University and has an extensive background in leading natural resource investigations throughout all ecoregions of the Southeast, including jurisdictional wetland and stream delineations, wetland and stream mitigation and monitoring, threatened and endangered species surveys, natural systems assessments, benthic macroinvertebrate sampling, stream classifications, stream mitigation construction over-site and natural community classification. 

About WLS:

Water & Land Solutions (WLS) is a hybrid mitigation solutions and ecosystem restoration firm with expertise in compensatory mitigation, market research, environmental consulting, land resource planning, and regulatory permitting. Our specialized experience in mitigation banking and design ensures that investors and stakeholders will maximize credit yields and profits while minimizing risk and complying with current environmental regulations. At WLS, our business philosophy and guiding principles seek to improve the ecological value and financial performance for each project. We integrate the latest advancements and applied research in natural sciences, water resource engineering, and construction practices to implement meaningful and sustainable projects. 

To learn more about WLS visit: http://www.waterlandsolutions.com/

PRESS RELEASE WLS AMONG TOP 50 INNOVATORS TO PRESENT TO NATIONAL NETWORK OF INVESTORS

Monday, December 4, 2017

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Local Environmental Firm Selected to Educate International Venture Capital and Finance Sector Professionals on Fast-Growing Niche Mitigation Banking & Stream Restoration Industry

Raleigh, North Carolina, USA (DECEMBER 4, 2017) – A select group of 50 Top Innovators from across the United States working in the Technology, Clean-tech, Life Sciences and Ed-Tech sectors were chosen to present to an exclusive audience of Venture Capitalists, Private Investors, Investment Bankers, Corporate Investors, and Strategic Partners. Water and Land Solutions, LLC (WLS) is excited to announce that it has been invited to speak at this year’s New England Venture Summit, to be held December 6, 2017 at Lombardo’s Conference Center in Boston Randolph, MA.

As a successful investment start-up in ecosystem restoration and mitigation banking, WLS has quickly established itself as a national leader in the industry. In just over three years, WLS has developed 14 mitigation sites that restore, enhance and protect over 1,600 total acres, 1,400 wetland acres, and 120,000 linear feet of stream located in NC, SC, VA, TN, and TX. The firm’s business approach and core values allow them to successfully implement mitigation projects while placing an emphasis on building relations with stakeholders to ensure long term success; and build a community rapport that will leave the earth in better condition for future generations. CEO Adam V. McIntyre, and his team, have over 70 years of combined environmental conservation and restoration experience in this growing niche industry, including providing educational workshops to local communities and schools in an effort to expand awareness of the importance of this conservation work.

Participants of the session will gain insight into real world and pragmatic investment scenarios, as well as the financial benefits of compensatory mitigation banking.

Adam’s presentation will take place at the Summit on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 during the Clean-tech Presentation Track (Sub-Category: Mitigation & Stream Restoration).

The 12th annual New England Venture Summit, presented by youngStartup Ventures, is the premier industry gathering connecting venture capitalists, corporate VCs, angel investors, technology transfer professionals, senior executives of early stage and emerging growth companies, university researchers, incubators and premier service providers.

About Venture Summit:
To learn more about youngStartup Ventures and the New England Venture Summit visit: http://www.youngstartup.com/

About WLS:
Water & Land Solutions (WLS)
is a hybrid mitigation solutions and ecosystem restoration firm that incorporates expertise in compensatory mitigation, market analysis, environmental consulting, land management, and regulatory permitting. Our mitigation banking experience and specialized expertise ensures that investors and stakeholders will maximize credit yields and profits while complying with current environmental regulations. At WLS, our philosophy and guiding principles seek to maximize the financial and ecological value for each project. We employ the latest advancements in natural sciences, engineering, and construction practices to implement successful restoration projects.

To learn more about WLS visit: http://www.waterlandsolutions.com/

About Adam V. McIntyre: A
dam V. McIntyre is recognized as a leader in the mitigation industry having managed all facets of mitigation projects throughout multiple States in the U.S. He has worked with or in over 10 different US Army Corp of Engineers districts and has experience working with multiple different credit procurement approaches to mitigation development. As a watershed hydrologist, he has extensive experience in the scientific components of project success. Adam has the unique experience of working with all aspects of mitigation banking including site planning and development, site design, and full construction experience along with the long-term monitoring and maintenance of completed projects. Adam has been actively involved with the National Mitigation Banking Association for several years. He has served as Vice President of the NC Environmental Restoration Association (NCERA) during a significant time period for that organization. He was selected to serve as the Treasurer on the Inaugural Board for the South Carolina Mitigation Association (SCMA).

When he is not working, Adam spends his time chasing his three kids around Wake Forest, NC. Adam holds a Bachelor's of Science in Natural Resource Management from North Carolina State University and has completed graduate level courses in watershed sciences. He has received training in all levels of Rosgen natural channel design (Levels I-IV) and has received various certifications for stormwater device design and maintenance. Adam is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys the challenges of hiking, hunting, and various sports. He is also very active in missions work through his church and other organizations. Adam is the founder of Water Quality and Health Federation, a non-profit whose mission is to improve access to clean water resources and promote environmental awareness in developing communities.