Mitigation & Conservation Solutions

The home for mitigation buyers, sellers, and land owners

MCS brokers wetland, stream, and species credits.

About

Posted on 23 Jun 2012 0 comments

Background

With a wealth of collective experience in mitigation and conservation banking, MCS is one of the most seasoned teams in the industry. Our sister company, WRA, Inc., performs all of our environmental consulting work and is integrated with MCS and our clients at every step of the way. Aside from finance, biology is the essential component of mitigation and conservation banks because it is the backbone of the ecological integrity of projects.

Understanding of the scientific soundness and regulatory requirements of compensatory mitigation ensures sound investments and predictable project development. We have successfully negotiated complex mitigation requirements with regulatory agencies, delivering results that satisfied all parties. At MCS, mitigation and conservation solutions are our focus and expertise.


Meet the Team

Geoff Smick

Geoff Smick

Principal

Geoff Smick is Chief Executive Officer of WRA, Inc. As a principal, he focuses on federal, state, and local environmental regulatory compliance and permitting for a variety of clients at the private, commercial and public sector levels. His experience includes sensitive habitat and species inventorying and management, conservation banking, and development, restoration, and mitigation projects in a variety of California’s habitat types throughout the state. Whether the project is an open space preserve striving to balance public access with sensitive natural resources or a public works project trying to repair a utility line adjacent to the sensitive habitats of San Francisco Bay, Mr. Smick’s many years of experience combined with his critical thinking skills have helped his clients save valuable time and money while simultaneously satisfying regulatory agency staff requirements.

    Matthew Richmond

    Matthew Richmond

    Associate Principal

    Matt Richmond received a B.S. in Biology from Humboldt State University where he focused on coastal ecology. Matt is the Conservation Strategies Department Head at WRA where he oversees the entitlement and management of mitigation and conservation banks as well as single user mitigation projects and in-lieu fee programs throughout California. Matt also manages a wide diversity of projects across California with an emphasis on coastal ecology and habitat restoration in the San Francisco Bay eco-region. In his role as Department Head, Matt works closely with WRA’s mitigation specialists, biologists, planners and landscape architects/engineers on habitat restoration design and mitigation projects. His role also includes overseeing and conducting biological assessments, special status species surveys, wetland delineations, performance monitoring, market supply and demand research, feasibility studies, regulatory permitting, habitat management planning, bank approval, agency coordination, conservation easements endowment calculations and agreements, service area determinations, and bank marketing and credit sales.

      Nathan Bello

      Nathan Bello

      Senior Associate

      Nathan Bello is an experienced biologist with expertise in compensatory mitigation, natural resources planning, ecological restoration, wetland and endangered species science, and environmental regulations. He previously worked as a wildlife biologist for the United States Forest Service and as an NEPA/CEQA analyst for the County of Sacramento and currently focused on the planning, establishment, and management of large mitigation projects. His experience working in both the public and private sectors has provided him with an in-depth understanding of the complex organizational structures and processes surrounding federal, state, and local environmental regulations. Nathan has worked on several large mitigation/conservation projects in California, including the planning and assessment of numerous wetland mitigation banks, species conservation banks, single user mitigation projects, and open space planning projects.

        Andrew Cawley

        Andrew Cawley

        Mitigation Specialist

        Andrew Cawley earned a Master’s in Environmental Science and Management from the Bren School at University of California, Santa Barbara, where he focused on applied environmental economics and terrestrial conservation planning. His experience with conservation planning, regulatory research and coordination, and economic analysis across Oregon and California equip him with a diverse range of experience to draw upon in helping clients navigate the bank entitlement process. He currently focuses on financial analysis, credit sales, and client relations for Petersen Ranch and Soquel Canyon Mitigation Banks, as well as pursuing and entitling future Mitigation and Conservation Banks.

          Eric Cutler

          Eric Cutler

          Broker

          As the broker of record for MCS, Eric is responsible for reviewing all contracts, reports, and any other documents pertaining to MCS. A veteran of the industry since 1988, Eric is a licensed Real Estate Broker and brings experience is in residential, ranch, and income property sales as well as vacation rental management. He is a member of the North Bay Association of Realtors, Marin Association of Realtors, Berkeley-Oakland Association of Realtors and the San Francisco Association of Realtors.

             

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