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ETC: Endangered Species Act (ESA) Compliance​

August 26, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm EDT


You’ll learn how the Endangered Species Act (ESA) is implemented, the criteria that are used to protect species, and the number and distribution of protected species. We will explain what is considered “take” and how project components can get authorized (Federal Agency Consultations) or permitted (Habitat Conservation Plans) to “take” a listed species. The course will also present information on similar state laws and provide an overview of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

0.4 CEUs available upon completion of this course.

About CEC’s Environmental Training Courses (CEC/ETC): CEC/ETC was created to educate and keep our clients and others in the industrial/commercial community up-to-date on regulatory programs that affect them. The program is structured around a group of core environmental regulatory topics that cover the basic needs of attendees in the regulatory areas of air, water, and waste management compliance.


Featured Speakers

Leo D. Lentsch

Senior Principal

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A seasoned professional with over 35 years of experience contributing to the management of the nation’s biological resources, imperiled species, and natural ecosystems.  Possesses a unique set of skills and abilities derived from his experience as a private consultant, state wildlife agency, and federal wildlife agency employee.  Frequently works on complex, controversial and highly contentious environmental projects across the United States (US).   Specializes the evaluation, assessment and quantification of potential anthropogenic impacts, and associated mitigation, resulting from perturbations to a large variety of ecosystems and the species they support.  Has extensive (50+) project experience utilizing, improving and developing sound scientific methodologies to assess potential impacts while creating innovative mitigation measures required to offset those impacts.  Efforts resulted in many valuable scientific reports/publications that contributed to assessing and offsetting impacts to natural resources and imperiled ecosystems.  Is a leader in promoting the use of quantitative tools that integrate economic, social, and natural resource values. Developed many innovative proactive approaches for resolving contentious natural resource management conflicts.  Recognized as an expert on natural resource management, instream flow determinations, imperiled species conservation, and ecosystem restoration.  Provides strategic guidance and practical solutions to implementation of Endangered Species Act (ESA), National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) guidelines and procedures.  A recognized and often sought-after skilled mediator and strategic advisor.  Served on multiple interagency advisory teams across the US associated with offsetting environmental impacts to ecosystem processes and functions. Taught ESA compliance classes at the National Conservation Training Center (NCTC) and the University of California (UC Davis).
Ryan Slack


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Mr. Slack is a Principal responsible for researching, developing, and implementing cost-effective field investigations and project coordination involving threatened and endangered species effects analyses and surveys, wetland delineations, stream habitat assessments, Endangered Species Act, National Environmental Policy Act, and Clean Water Act permitting.  His daily responsibilities include managing large projects and staff, writing and editing project reports, designing study plans using the most current scientific methods, and qualitative/quantitative interpretation of project data.  Prior to joining CEC in 2010, Mr. Slack spent 16 years with other firms in the private environmental consulting arena, supervising field investigations for large and small research projects.


August 26, 2021
9:00 am - 1:00 pm EDT
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