Wildlife Successes in Optimum Funding Scenarios - Exxon Valdez and Deepwater Horizon Restoration

Location
Grand Ballroom B

Co-Chairs:

Tim Richardson, Government Affairs Consultant
Ross Melinchuk, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
James Cummins, Wildlife Mississippi, Gulf Coast Land Trust

Overview:

"A fully loaded supertanker has run hard aground on Bligh Reef in Prince William Sound, Alaska.? That March 24, 1989 news was followed by agonizing images of millions of gallons of oil gushing from the Exxon Valdez. On April 20, 2010, a nighttime explosion aboard the Deepwater Horizon from an oil well blowout 20,000 feet below the surface of the Gulf of Mexico seared this catastrophe into the public?s psyche. While everyone is aware of the nation?s two worst oil spills and has vivid memories of impacted wildlife and wetlands, few Americans or resource professionals know of the experiences of hundreds of biologists responsible for restoring these ecosystems.

This session will feature presentations by professionals experienced in the aftermaths of America?s two worst oil spills. Panel speakers will detail the challenges and opportunities when disasters create billions of dollars in fines amidst an aroused public and aggrieved stakeholders. These two examples of meeting restoration goals in the context of funding abundance are especially instructive in 2017 as a new President and Congress address daunting responsibilities and states face budget shortfalls.

AGENDA: Wildlife Successes in Optimum Funding Scenarios - Exxon Valdez and Deepwater Horizon Restoration

10:00 AM

Opening Remarks and Introduction
James Cummins, Boone and Crockett Club and Wildlife Mississippi

10:05 AM

Panel Discussion: The Exxon Valdez Experience
Moderator: James Cummins, Boone and Crockett Club and Wildlife Mississippi

Panelists: Steve Kallick, Pew Charitable Trusts, The Precedent Setting Exxon Valdez Consent Decree; Jim Kurth, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service; Tim Richardson, Wildlife Forever, Stakeholder Dynamics in Wildlife Habitat Agreements

10:50 AM

Panel Discussion: the Deepwater Horizon Experience
Moderator: Ross Melinchuk, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department

Panelists: Rachel Jacobson, WilmerHale, Inside the Deepwater Horizon Restoration Funding; Robin Reichers, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, Gulf State Approaches to Deepwater Horizon Restoration; Tom Kelsch, National Fish & Wildlife Foundation, NFWF's Role in Deepwater Horizon Restoration

11:40 AM

Panel Summary
Tim Richardson, Government A airs Consultant

11:45 AM

Questions & Answers

11:55 AM

Closing Remarks
Ross Melinchuk, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department