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November 7, 2018
Vote For the Environment


Well, its been awhale (get it a whale) since the MMI blog has spoken. The recent election has awakened the creative writing juices required for a “Blog Post”! Are Blogs still relevant? That’s another issue. Let’s discuss voting and the environment. Overall the trend recently has been to roll back regulations of all kinds including ones that protect our environment (also known as Earth or “our home”) in the name of jobs or that bigger amorphous entity called the “economy”. Like it’s some sought of living thing. I think both the environment and the economy can be friends and can live happily ever after despite what some may want you to believe. In fact, for many companies and industries good environmental regulations stimulate a healthy business. Clean air regulations have created new technologies such as solar developers, wind farm designers, specialized construction and maintenance jobs. Clean Water Act regulations created an entire ecological restoration industry stimulated by requiring compensatory mitigation for stream and wetland impacts. The Endangered Species Act has increased the interest in nature, species habitats and birding. Mindlessly rolling back hard fought state and federal environmental regulations is short-sighted at best and downright foolish. If you think this will “stimulate the economy” or “bring back our jobs” you probably work for an industry designed to extract, exploit or manipulate our natural environment. If you ask me, taking away good, sound, scientifically justifiable environmental regulations will put me out of business. Next time there is an election, please vote for the environment, you live here and it’s our only one. Please don’t poop in the house!

November 20, 2017



Well it finally happened, Superman alias Richard Kent Mogensen (get it Clark Kent) found his kryptonite in the form of a rugged, mindless creation that but most folks enjoy. Call it an All-Terrain Vehicle or an Off-Road Vehicle or 4-Wheeler or just a Gator these machines are dangerous if used in steep conditions. They are fine on farms and maintained public ATV trail systems such as the Hatfield and McCoy Trails in WV. But, in unimproved trails in steep conditions, often found in the Appalachian Mtns. and out west in the Rockies, these machines can be a hazard. I found out the hard way a few weeks ago when I was touring a large forested site in Nelson County, VA (Alcoholic Valley to the locals) and found myself stuck between a 4,000 lb. running ATV and a large beech tree. Yup I was pinned and my associate (who will remain nameless because I haven’t asked him if I could use his name) was instrumental in my survival. Thank you KW! Anyway on to the story, we were driving in the landowners ATV on a trail that I had been on several times before but was deteriorating due to steep slopes, wet conditions and above average rainfall this year. I was driving while KW was holding on for dear life. I thought I was doing OK but unfortunately the trail fell off abruptly and so did my 2 left tires. We stopped and got out to survey the situation. It didn’t look good to me, but being Superman as you recall, I said we can get this out by building a rock platform under those dang hanging tires! So that’s what we did. I got in and said “OK KW, get out of the way and I’ll pop this thing back up on the trail”. Famous last words. Before I knew it I was pinned to a tree by a large angry machine sputtering smoky fumes and glaring at me. Not good I thought. KW looked as dazed as me but said “What should I do?” I said “get in and put it in reverse and slowly back this thing off me” which he did with an expert touch and I rolled out of my Aaron Ralston-like predicament. You know the guy who got his arm stuck between two boulders in Utah, oh never mind! Anyway, back to the story, I looked down at my newly freed left leg and noted that I could see my femur. This, I knew, was not good. I grabbed my leg to hold it together while KW tried to use his sweater as a tourniquet. It didn’t seem to be bleeding very badly so I said you have to go get help. We were a mile into the wilderness mind you and KW stepped up like a trooper. He ran for help and I patiently waited while I held my leg together and tried not to hyperventilate or go into shock. About an hour later, which seemed like 4 hours, help arrived and I was taken out by ambulance to the University of VA Medical Center in Charlottesville. The fine medical staff worked diligently to patch me up and send me on my way. Well, it was a bit more than that but I was on my way that evening. Still groggy as the adrenaline wore off, I made it to a little hotel and crashed (figuratively!).

Epilog – Superman is healing at home but no more field work this year!

August 3, 2017
Gabby’s Summer Internship

(This blog post was written by Gabby Chiarenza – Summer Intern at MMI, 2017)

A teenager in this day and age has four choices on how they wish to spend their summer vacation. The choices are to get a job, join a college summer program, get an internship or sit around. With adulthood looming in the near future and colleges already watching and analyzing your every move, it’s important to do something worthwhile with your time off. To me, the idea of taking orders at the drive through of a fast-food restaurant or going back to school once again seemed unappealing. An internship was on my mind- preferably one that dealt with my interests.

I received a call one day from a connection through volunteering work. I was asked if I would be interested in an internship involving social media. I enthusiastically agreed and was given a list of different companies that I could choose to contact. It was at this point that I found Mogensen Mitigation Inc., described to me as “an environmental company.” I was ecstatic. I had wanted an internship and I had wanted to pursue something that I was passionate about. I dreamed, and still do, of being a journalist that writes on environmental, political and/or social issues. I did my research on the company and all about what Mitigation Banking truly is. With permission from my parents, I called Rich Mogensen right away and left a voicemail applying for the position. I had even written out a script for myself on what it would say. The next day we spoke, and I was given the opportunity to email my contact information and decide a date to meet. Over a Caesar salad at Showmars, we sealed the deal.

Now I have been working at MMI since mid June. I come in to work about once or twice every week for four hours each day. I have my own little work station and a sweet cat named Ivory that keeps me company and lets me run my ideas by her (she never offers much input). I have created, raised and groomed a LinkedIn page, designed a letterhead and worked on website visuals and design. Not only have I worked on the social media and search optimizations of the company, but I have also helped in dealing with the numbers. I have learned all about credit sales and the math that goes into MMI (math!). I have also learned what Mitigation Banking is and what MMI really does. I have learned so much about business, marketing, math and computers. I’m hoping to continue the rest of this summer by improving existing social media and expanding into all other forms of social media marketing. I hope to continue learning with every visit, as I have so far.

It’s been nice to know that I am working somewhere, and with someone, that really helps to improve the environment. My boss, Rich, is passionate about what he does and the state of the world we live in. It is always an advantage to work for someone with passion. It’s even better if you also share that same passion. I am looking forward to the rest of what we will accomplish in this quest to advance MMI’s business and I am proud of what we have already done.

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