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New Report on Intersection of Agriculture, Technology, Environment, and Society

  March 17, 2023

Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) recently published “Agriculture Technology Discovery Report,” a multidimensional... Read more » Continue Reading

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Kaweah Subbasin Regional Conservation Investment Strategy Approved

  November 10, 2022

We’re pleased to share that the California Department of Fish and Wildlife... Read more » Continue Reading

Near-term Solutions to Address the Water Crisis in the West

  August 26, 2022     

Last week the federal government announced unprecedented water cuts to Arizona, Nevada,... Read more » Continue Reading

$40 Million Awarded to California Regions to Achieve Groundwater Sustainability, Community Resilience, and Climate Benefits

  May 31, 2022

Last week, the California Department of Conservation awarded over $40 million in... Read more » Continue Reading

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Meeting the Climate Change Imperative

  September 7, 2021     

When the global crisis is local Over the past weeks the headlines... Read more » Continue Reading
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A Foundation’s Perspective on Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning

  May 27, 2021     

Welcome to the second installment in our MEL Blog Series. Revisit our... Read more » Continue Reading
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Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Support for the Walton Family Foundation


EI is serving as thinking-and-doing partners around monitoring, evaluation, and learning for the Walton Family Foundation’s Environment Program. EI is supporting staff to ask targeted questions, manage information, evaluate performance, and make more informed decisions to guide adaptive management of initiatives and investments.

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California’s Third Regional Conservation Investment Strategy Approved

  January 29, 2021

EI’s Katie Riley works with DWR to analyze the habitat potential of... Read more » Continue Reading

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First Private Transaction for the Nevada Conservation Credit System

  July 6, 2020

Photo: Ric Ergenbright Nevada’s sagebrush habitats, which host the iconic greater sage-grouse,... Read more » Continue Reading

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Continuing Our Mission During COVID-19

  March 30, 2020

Friends,  First, on behalf of all of us at Environmental Incentives, we... Read more » Continue Reading

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EI’s Pay-For-Performance Guide Promotes Strategies to Increase Conservation Outcomes

  November 21, 2019

Environmental Incentives (EI) has published a Pay for Performance Guide for California Agencies to encourage the adoption of outcome-based contracting and... Read more » Continue Reading

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Pay for Performance Guide for California Agencies


The Pay for Performance Guide for Conservation Buyers describes how state agencies... Read more » Continue Reading



  November 5, 2019

Environmental Incentives (EI) ha ganado el “Contrato de Servicios de Apoyo al... Read more » Continue Reading

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Monarch Roadside Habitat Evaluation Tool published in Frontiers in Ecology & Evolution

  October 31, 2019

Environmental Incentives partnered with the Monarch Joint Venture and other monarch experts... Read more » Continue Reading

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Pollinator Scorecard Helps Rights-of-Way Managers Restore Habitat

  September 8, 2019     

The energy that keeps our lights on traverses the landscape along powerlines,... Read more » Continue Reading

Pollinator Scorecard User’s Guide

  August 21, 2019

The Pollinator Scorecard and Management Module was developed by the Rights-of-Way as... Read more » Continue Reading

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Mid-Sacramento Valley Regional Conservation Investment Strategy

  August 14, 2019

The Mid-Sacramento Valley Regional Conservation Investment Strategy is a locally-driven, non-binding, and… Read more »

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Environmental Incentives Developing Mule Deer Habitat Quantification Tool  

  May 2, 2019

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is working to conserve critical habitat through the... Read more » Continue Reading

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Water, Water Everywhere (For Now)

  March 22, 2019

It’s World Water Day! At Environmental Incentives, we feel like every day is water... Read more » Continue Reading


Las Islas Encantadas

  March 20, 2019

For centuries, sailors and whalers called the Galápagos Islands "Las Islas Encantadas"... Read more » Continue Reading

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5 Minutes with Erik Anderson

  March 12, 2019

We sat down for five minutes with Erik Anderson, Senior Associate with... Read more » Continue Reading

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We need a new financial model to address California’s most pressing environmental problems

  December 13, 2018     

This blog was originally posted on Environmental Defense Fund's Growing Returns Blog.... Read more » Continue Reading
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Farming for Resilience

  November 6, 2018

For more than a century, Californians have relied on wells to provide... Read more » Continue Reading

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When it Comes to Conservation Spending, What Does it Mean to be Green?

  October 18, 2018     

Green bonds are touted as the way to bring capital to environmental... Read more » Continue Reading

Solving the Procurement Puzzle for Flood Infrastructure

  September 4, 2018     

How can we maximize the effectiveness of funding for flood and multi-benefit... Read more » Continue Reading
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Environmental Incentives Working with the Puget Sound to Demonstrate Effective Recovery Efforts

  August 14, 2018

Environmental Incentives is partnering with Sitka Technology Group and Hook Environmental to... Read more » Continue Reading

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Nevada Conservation Credit System Executes Second Transaction with Newmont Mining

  August 13, 2018

On July 18, 2018, Newmont Mining Corporation and the Nevada Department of... Read more » Continue Reading

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Water in the West Symposium Highlights Need for Innovative Conservation

  May 24, 2018

Last month, Environmental Incentives joined water leaders and innovators at the first… Read more »

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Paying for Environmental Outcomes: A How-to Guide

  March 19, 2018

How can communities get the most from their investments in the environment?... Read more » Continue Reading

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Where Monarch Conservation Meets the Road: A Mobile App for Highway Departments

  March 1, 2018     

Roadside vegetation managers around the country are making big changes to curb... Read more » Continue Reading

Mitigation Credit Agreement Overview

  January 24, 2018

Under the new California Regional Conservation Investment Strategy (RCIS) program, Mitigation Credit Agreements (MCAs) can be used to fulfill permitting requirements for projects that impact natural resources. Environmental Incentives and Environmental Defense Fund are developing the first MCA with partners in the Middle and Upper Sacramento River region. 

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Nevada Conservation Credit System Improvement Recommendations Report

  December 22, 2017

Key to the long-term success of a conservation program is the adoption of well-supported improvements to the program. Improvements can ensure policies, procedures, and tools continue to support the program’s goals and objectives. The Nevada Conservation Credit System undergoes an annual process to evaluate successes and potential improvements. This report synthesizes the recommended improvements, along with the achievement and challenges of the program, and was adopted by the Sagebrush Ecosystem Council in December, 2016.

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Monarch HQT User’s Guide

  December 12, 2017

The South Central User’s Guide provides guidance for landowners and managers in using the Monarch HQT to evaluate current habitat quality on a site and estimating future habitat quality that will result from management actions. Habitat quality and quantity combine into functional acres, the basic currency of the Monarch Butterfly Habitat Exchange.

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Monarch Habitat Quantification Tool Factsheet


Learn more about how the Habitat Quantification Tool informs conservation activities by consistently evaluating habitat quantity and quality for the Monarch Butterfly. Environmental Incentives supported EDF in developing the HQT to facilitate the Monarch Butterfly Habitat Exchange.

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How the Next Farm Bill Can Generate Greater Environmental Outcomes from Taxpayer Dollars

  November 28, 2017

As we gathered with our families and friends this Thanksgiving, we were… Read more »

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Colorado Delta Funding Framework Executive Summary

  November 14, 2017

The proposed Colorado Delta Conservation Funding Framework will enable the Delta Partnership to scale and achieve the long-term financial and institutional sustainability necessary to support conservation success throughout the Delta – including water, restoration and stewardship needs. The framework defines three programmatic components that can help to achieve regional restoration goals, communicate restoration success, and attract donors to invest in the Delta – Performance Measures, Financial & Institutional Sustainability and Conservation Certificates.

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Early Industry Adoption Signals New Wave of Landscape-Scale Mitigation

  November 13, 2017

The first sage-grouse credit transaction is a defining point in history for landscape-scale… Read more »

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How California is Changing the Game for Infrastructure & Species Recovery

  November 10, 2017     

Something remarkable is happening in California. Infrastructure agencies and local governments are… Read more »

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Climate Change is Happening, Conservation is Not – At Least Not at the Rate and Scale Needed

  October 17, 2017     

Our need to mitigate and adapt to climate change adds to the… Read more »

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Western State Partners Convene in Pay for Performance Workshop

  October 4, 2017     

September 19 – 20, Reno, Nevada. Environmental Incentives and Partners for Western Conservation convened… Read more »

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Pay for Performance and the Nevada Conservation Credit System

Pay for Performance and the Nevada Conservation Credit System

  September 29, 2017

The Nevada Conservation Credit System utilizes pay for performance contracts to maximize the conservation outcomes and credits available for sale from the $2 million of State-appropriated funds used to jumpstart the CCS. Pay for performance contracts link all or some portion of payments to landowners to the delivery of verified conservation outcomes.

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First Greater Sage-Grouse Credits Are Available for Sale in Nevada!

  July 19, 2017

Over 800 credits of high quality Greater Sage-Grouse habitat are available for… Read more »

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How Do You Know Adaptive Management When You See It?

  February 23, 2017     

Environmental policies and programs that lack the ability to demonstrate results are... Read more » Continue Reading
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Nevada announces another $1,200,000 of seed-funding to generate Conservation Credit System Credits

  November 15, 2016

The Nevada Conservation Credit System (“Credit System”) is heading into its third… Read more »

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Performance-Driven Conservation Embraced by New Federal Policies

  October 21, 2016

Two draft policies recently released by the US Fish & Wildlife Service,… Read more »

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Name Your Price for Conservation

  September 29, 2016

At what price would you do a conservation project on your land?… Read more »

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

  July 5, 2016

On June 24, 2016, BLM released the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS)… Read more »

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Monarch HQT developed by EI tested at TX ranch

  June 15, 2016

(Originally Published on Environmental Defense Fund’s Growing Returns Blog) By David Wolfe A… Read more »

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The “AirBnB for Butterflies”

  March 28, 2016

A recent article published by profiles efforts by EDF, Monarch Lab… Read more »

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Nevada announces $2,000,000 to generate sage-grouse habitat credits & kick start Credit System market

  December 14, 2015

On December 9th, 2015, the State of Nevada announced that funds are available… Read more »

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Mitigation Credit Agreements

  August 14, 2019

We’re developing the first-ever Mitigation Credit Agreements in the Mid-Sacramento Valley region. Once approved, it can act as an advance crediting mechanism to define robust and transparent methods to assess and quantify habitat improvements.

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Pollinator Scorecard

  August 20, 2019

The Rights-of-Way as Habitat Working Group created the Pollinator Scorecard to evaluate pollinator habitat and management practices on rights-of-way and other energy and transportation lands.

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Pay for Performance strategies for Western States

Pay for Performance Strategies for Western States

  January 5, 2017

This technical memo defines multiple pay for success strategies that can be used to leverage public and private funds to achieve verified environmental outcomes. We also define the context in which each strategy is most likely to succeed at creating effective incentives to drive investment and performance.

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Central Valley Resilience Initiative

  August 20, 2019

The Central Valley Resilience Initiative seeks to establish an integrated landscape that supports wildlife habitat and high-quality agricultural land, while sustainably managing California’s water resources.

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  July 20, 2016

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Pay for Performance for Western States

  November 22, 2017

We’re working with Partners for Western Conservation and state agencies from three western states to develop and test pay for performance contracts that incentivize conservation on working lands.

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Mule Deer Habitat Quantification Tool

  August 20, 2019

We’re working with Colorado Parks and Wildlife to develop a Mule Deer Habitat Quantification Tool that will support mule deer conservation in the state.

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Nevada Conservation Credit System

  July 28, 2016

The Conservation Credit System (Credit System) is a pro-active solution to ensure impacts from human activities generate a net benefit for the sage-grouse species, while enabling human activities vital to the Nevada economy and way of life.

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Monarch Butterfly Habitat Exchange

  June 27, 2016

We are working with EDF and Monarch Lab to develop the Monarch Habitat Quantification Tool (HQT), which will be a key feature of the Monarch Habitat Exchange. The HQT will be use to evaluate habitat suitability, thus informing credit awards assigned to landowners.

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Conservation Credit System User's Guide

Nevada Conservation Credit System User’s Guide v1.1

  August 24, 2016

The User’s Guide describes the detailed steps necessary to calculate credits and credit obligations for credit and debit sites, respectively, for the Nevada Conservation Credit System.

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Colorado Delta Conservation Arenitas Paisaje

Colorado Delta Conservation Funding Framework

  July 20, 2016

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 Delta

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Pilot Project: Nevada Conservation Credit System

Nevada Conservation Credit System – Pilot Project

  August 24, 2016

A family owned and operated ranch in northeast Nevada volunteered to the State of Nevada’s Sagebrush Ecosystem Program (SEP) the use of a planned habitat enhancement project as a pilot test for the Nevada Conservation Credit System. This 2-Pager describes their experience.

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Central Valley Habitat Exchange

  August 22, 2016

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 produce measurable habitat benefits on their land

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Central Valley Habitat Exchange

Central Valley Habitat Exchange Factsheet

  August 24, 2016

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 learn more.

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  June 26, 2020

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Katie Riley

  July 20, 2016

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