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ETC: Introduction to NEPA

November 17, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm EST

This is an introductory course explaining how to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).  We will outline the history of the act, its important components, and provide examples of successful projects.  Participants will learn how NEPA planning processes and impact analyses are conducted.  We will discuss effective planning strategies, environmental impact analyses, and agency and public engagement.  Council on Environmental Quality regulations,  agency NEPA procedures, and legal precedents will be discussed along with the importance of interagency relationships and stakeholder communication.


Important Details:

0.2 CEUs available upon completion of this course.

The quiz and optional survey will be emailed to you after the course 

A CEU certificate will be emailed within 1 week of the course to all attendees who complete the quiz. 

This presentation will be recorded for internal training purposes only. 

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).
Sarah Rauch

Project Scientist

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Ms. Rauch is a Conservation Ecologist focused on environmental sciences with an emphasis on impact analysis. She has extensive experience specializing in biological resource studies, acquisition support, federal and state environmental permitting and compliance, public outreach programs, National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) reviews, fieldwork, and research. In support of various projects for commercial, federal, and state entities, she leads successful coordination and integration of NEPA and Section 7 Consultations under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) processes. Specifically, she specializes in assisting government agencies with NEPA compliance including but not limited to: Environmental Assessments (EAs) and Environmental Impact Statements (EISs); ESA compliance (Biological Assessments [BAs] and Biological Evaluations [BEs]); Sikes Act compliance (Integrated Natural Resources Management Plans); and preparation of other regulatory documents. Her daily responsibilities include writing and editing project reports, designing study plans using the most current scientific methods, and qualitative/quantitative interpretation of project data.


November 17, 2022
10:00 am - 12:00 pm EST
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