Compensatory Mitigation Webinar 4: Thinking Outside the Box

Block Island Wind Farm by Chris Bently, Flickr

Webinar 4 – Compensatory Mitigation: Thinking Outside the Box

Wednesday, November 1st, 3:00PM – 4:00PM (EST)

In some cases, alternatives to traditional compensation measures may provide significant conservation value. Examples include conservation actions that occur outside the region of the potential impact and funding research as a means of compensation. This webinar explored outside-the-box ideas, examples of successful compensation alternatives, and situations in which innovative conservation actions may be necessary. Expert stakeholders discussed the tradeoffs of implementing alternative compensation measures and when these may or may not be appropriate.

Moderator: Shilo Felton, REWI


  • Matt Palumbo (New York Department of Environmental Conservation)
    • Matthew Palumbo is a wildlife biologist at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Matt focuses on conservation and management of non-game avian species and review of the impacts of large-scale renewable energy projects to threatened and endangered avian species.

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  • Goni Iskali (Apex Clean Energy)
    • Goni Iskali is a senior environmental permitting manager at Apex Clean Energy, Inc., who supports the development and operation of utility-scale and responsible renewable energy projects. Goni is also a federally permitted bat biologist and has been involved for the past 12 years with studying the potential impacts of renewable energy projects on wildlife, with particular focus on bats. Goni’s conservation passions continue to revolve around balancing the need for clean energy and bat conservation. Goni serves as the co-chair of the bat subcommittee for American Clean Power. 

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  • Jérôme Lemaître (Government of Quebec, Ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs)
    • Dr. Jérôme Lemaître is a research biologist specializing in wildlife conservation. He serves as a scientific advisor to the Government of Quebec and is also the president of the Quebec Raptor Recovery Team. Jérôme’s research focuses on identifying science-based ecological solutions to mitigate the impacts of human activities on winged wildlife. 

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  • Taber Allison (Renewable Energy Wildlife Institute)
    • Dr. Taber Allison is an ecologist with special expertise in wind-wildlife impacts. He joined REWI (formerly AWWI) in December 2010 to direct REWI’s research initiatives. Previously, Taber was Vice President for Conservation Science at the Massachusetts Audubon, where he led Mass Audubon’s science team supporting Mass Audubon’s Advocacy, Education, and Land Protection and Management Programs, as well as the organization’s environmental evaluation of wind energy and climate change. Taber’s work experience includes Program Officer at the National Science Foundation, Director of the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory, and faculty appointments at The Ohio State University and the University of Colorado. Taber has served on the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Bats and Wind Energy Cooperative. He holds a Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of Minnesota, a Master’s in Forest Science from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and a B.A. degree in Biology from Wesleyan University. 

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