Environmental Incentives
Environmental Incentives

Wildlife & Land

Creating meaningful and lasting outcomes for wildlife, ecosystems and people

Our Approach

Ecosystems and the wildlife species that depend on them are under increasing pressure from society’s need for infrastructure, energy, minerals, water and other natural resources. While government and non-profit organizations invest billions of dollars in wildlife conservation, we are not achieving long-term outcomes and species are still at risk of extinction. Environmental Incentives is working to protect our most vulnerable species by changing the relationship between landowners and our regulatory system.

Mitigation Programs & Credit Exchanges

Credit Exchanges are programmatic mitigation tools that create incentives for conserving wildlife habitat on public and private lands. These Exchanges use habitat “credits” to maximize the environmental return on investment by reducing transaction costs, improving regulatory certainty and increasing transparency. Credit Exchanges have been successfully implemented across the western US to conserve iconic species including Sage Grouse, the Lesser Prairie Chicken and the Monarch Butterfly.

Public Conservation Programs

We use performance measures, pay-for-success contracting and performance reporting to inform and direct public investment in the environment. Our approach maximizes the environmental return on investment, demonstrates progress towards defined goals, and improves our understanding of the effectiveness of our actions over time.

Private Conservation Investment

In the US, millions of dollars in private investments are allocated to protect wildlife and land resources every year. We work directly with private investors to articulate clear environmental goals, direct funding to the most effective projects and better understand the impact of their investments on environmental outcomes.

Our Projects

Nevada Conservation Credit System

The Conservation Credit System (Credit System) is a pro-active solution to ensure impacts from human activities generate a net benefit for the species, while enabling human activities vital to the... Read more

Central Valley Habitat Exchange

The Central Valley Habitat Exchange provides an efficient mechanism to protect and restore habitat for multiple species in the Central Valley by creating financial incentives for farmers and ranchers to... Read more

Colorado Delta Conservation Funding Framework

We developed the Colorado Delta Conservation Funding Framework to enable the Delta Partnership to scale and achieve the long-term financial and institutional sustainability necessary to support conservation success throughout the... Read more

Our Clients

Latest News & Insights


August 24, 2016

Central Valley Habitat Exchange Factsheet

Get a better understanding of how the Central Valley Habitat Exchange will operate and who it will benefit. This 2-page handout provides helpful details about the Exchange and resources to... Read more


July 5, 2016

BLM and permittees want to use the Conservation Credit System to offset unavoidable impacts

On June 24, 2016, BLM released the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the proposed Bald Mountain Mine North and South Operations Area Projects (Bald Mountain Project). In the FEIS,... Read more


June 15, 2016

Monarch HQT developed by EI tested at TX ranch

A monarch caterpillar eats antelope horn milkweed growing at Shield Ranch. (Originally Published on Environmental Defense Fund’s Growing Returns Blog) By David Wolfe A few weeks ago, I visited Shield... Read more

Talk to Our Experts

Eoin Doherty
Wildlife & Land Practice Lead, Senior Associate

Katie Riley
Senior Associate

Jeremy Sokulsky

Erik Anderson