Kelly Sands

Kelly Sands is a Mitigation Banking Analyst at WRA Environmental Consultants. Kelly has eight years of experience in land conservation, environmental consulting, and mitigation and conservation banking with an emphasis on market and policy research.  With the Environmental Policy Award from the Odum School of Ecology, University of Georgia to her credit, Kelly received her Master’s of Science in Conservation Ecology and Sustainable Development while concurrently working as a Graduate Research Assistant for the River Basin Center.  In this capacity, she authored a thesis on integrating a watershed approach into compensatory mitigation in the southeast and assisted with research, technical assistance, presentations and outreach to increase capacity for watershed management in local communities. Prior to that, Kelly worked on land transactions, conservation programs, and fundraising for a national land conservation non-profit.

Most recently, Kelly has been responsible for identifying and developing new markets and managing credit sales and marketing for mitigation banks in Georgia and Virginia; she has created spatial optimization models for mitigation bank site selection and evaluation of ecosystem markets; and she has performed market and policy research in support of mitigation, nutrient, and conservation banking opportunities across the nation.  

In addition to her mitigation credit sales management and marketing experience, notably, Kelly has prepared extensive feasibility studies for evaluating ecosystem market opportunities, market conditions, supply and demand, and site suitability at multiple scales for both existing and emerging markets. She is also proficient in ArcGIS and analyzing data from RIBITS and ORM, the United States Army Corps of Engineers tracking databases.

Kelly Sands has eight years of experience in land conservation, environmental consulting, and mitigation and conservation banking with an emphasis on market and policy research.  With the Environmental Policy Award from the Odum School of Ecology, University of Georgia to her credit, Kelly received her Master’s of Science in Conservation Ecology and Sustainable Development while concurrently working as a Graduate Research Assistant for the River Basin Center.  In this capacity, she authored a thesis on integrating a watershed approach into compensatory mitigation in the southeast and assisted with research, technical assistance, presentations and outreach to increase capacity for watershed management in local communities. Prior to that, Kelly worked on land transactions, conservation programs, and fundraising for a national land conservation non-profit.

Most recently, Kelly has been responsible for identifying and developing new markets and managing credit sales and marketing for mitigation banks in Georgia and Virginia; she has created spatial optimization models for mitigation bank site selection and evaluation of ecosystem markets; and she has performed market and policy research in support of mitigation, nutrient, and conservation banking opportunities across the nation.  

In addition to her mitigation credit sales management and marketing experience, notably, Kelly has prepared extensive feasibility studies for evaluating ecosystem market opportunities, market conditions, supply and demand, and site suitability at multiple scales for both existing and emerging markets. She is also proficient in ArcGIS and analyzing data from RIBITS and ORM, the United States Army Corps of Engineers tracking databases.

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Kelly Sands has eight years of experience in land conservation, environmental consulting, and mitigation and conservation banking with an emphasis on market and policy research.  With the Environmental Policy Award from the Odum School of Ecology, University of Georgia to her credit, Kelly received her Master’s of Science in Conservation Ecology and Sustainable Development while concurrently working as a Graduate Research Assistant for the River Basin Center.  In this capacity, she authored a thesis on integrating a watershed approach into compensatory mitigation in the southeast and assisted with research, technical assistance, presentations and outreach to increase capacity for watershed management in local communities. Prior to that, Kelly worked on land transactions, conservation programs, and fundraising for a national land conservation non-profit.

Most recently, Kelly has been responsible for identifying and developing new markets and managing credit sales and marketing for mitigation banks in Georgia and Virginia; she has created spatial optimization models for mitigation bank site selection and evaluation of ecosystem markets; and she has performed market and policy research in support of mitigation, nutrient, and conservation banking opportunities across the nation.  

In addition to her mitigation credit sales management and marketing experience, notably, Kelly has prepared extensive feasibility studies for evaluating ecosystem market opportunities, market conditions, supply and demand, and site suitability at multiple scales for both existing and emerging markets. She is also proficient in ArcGIS and analyzing data from RIBITS and ORM, the United States Army Corps of Engineers tracking databases.

- See more at: http://www.wra-ca.com/about/personnel/kelly-sands/#sthash.aBPAi36B.dpuf

Kelly Sands has eight years of experience in land conservation, environmental consulting, and mitigation and conservation banking with an emphasis on market and policy research.  With the Environmental Policy Award from the Odum School of Ecology, University of Georgia to her credit, Kelly received her Master’s of Science in Conservation Ecology and Sustainable Development while concurrently working as a Graduate Research Assistant for the River Basin Center.  In this capacity, she authored a thesis on integrating a watershed approach into compensatory mitigation in the southeast and assisted with research, technical assistance, presentations and outreach to increase capacity for watershed management in local communities. Prior to that, Kelly worked on land transactions, conservation programs, and fundraising for a national land conservation non-profit.

Most recently, Kelly has been responsible for identifying and developing new markets and managing credit sales and marketing for mitigation banks in Georgia and Virginia; she has created spatial optimization models for mitigation bank site selection and evaluation of ecosystem markets; and she has performed market and policy research in support of mitigation, nutrient, and conservation banking opportunities across the nation.  

In addition to her mitigation credit sales management and marketing experience, notably, Kelly has prepared extensive feasibility studies for evaluating ecosystem market opportunities, market conditions, supply and demand, and site suitability at multiple scales for both existing and emerging markets. She is also proficient in ArcGIS and analyzing data from RIBITS and ORM, the United States Army Corps of Engineers tracking databases.

- See more at: http://www.wra-ca.com/about/personnel/kelly-sands/#sthash.aBPAi36B.dpuf
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