Michael Sprague is founder and CEO of Trout Headwaters, Inc. (THI), an ecological restoration design/build firm based in Livingston, Montana. Over 20 years at THI, Sprague has helped to advance river, wetland, and habitat restoration projects and technologies, making THI an industry leader in the field of ecologically sustainable restoration. THI takes a data-driven, scientific approach to habitat creation, restoration, and enhancement services for a broad range of private and government clients across the United States. The firm has developed patented technologies, processes, and software/hardware systems for the restoration and mitigation industry.
Sprague has taught training courses and workshops on the topics of sustainable restoration and ecological assessment methodologies for a diverse group of organizations including the Mitigation Banking and Ecosystem Conference, US Environmental Protection Agency, International Erosion Control Association, New York State Wetlands Forum, Arkansas MultiAgency Wetland Planning Team, US Army Corps of Engineers, MSU TechLink, The Corps Network, and National Mitigation Banking Association.
He is a regulatory and policy adviser to business and government focused on deconflicting and incentivizing private conservation projects across the US. Sprague is past president of the board of the National Mitigation Banking Association, a founding member of the National Environmental Banking Association, and a former board director of the Western Sustainability Exchange.