2020 NAEP Conference and Training Symposium

Monday, May 18 – Thursday, May 22

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The 2020 NAEP Conference and Training Symposium is hosting an impressive group of expert environmental professionals to share new information and discuss management, earth-saving ideas, disaster mitigation, and so much more. If you're eager to learn about best practices and life-saving environmental improvements or are interested in NEPA updates, environmental conservation and planning, and climate change, we strongly recommend (and hope!) you attend.

Session topics and times are subject to change.

Schedule at this time is TENTATIVE.

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Tuesday | May 19

10:00 - 11:30 AM


1. NEPA and the Urban Environment Part 2: Impact Assessment (Panel)

Speaker: Erica Mignone Boulanger

Cultural Resources:

2A. MOA Implementation for the NorthMet Mining Project (Panel)

Speaker: Jenny Bring

2B. The Pennsylvania Abandoned Mine Land Campaign: A Model for Cooperation among NGOs, Government, and Industry

Speaker: Anne Daymut


3. (Panel)

Speaker: Jennifer Walker


4. House Bill 7103: Sweeping Changes to Growth Management and Community Planning Law (Panel)

Speaker: Kristin Bennett

1:15 - 2:45 PM


5. NEPA Case Law Review (Panel)

Speakers: Fred Wagner, Pam Ellen Hudson, Michael Smith 

Climate Change:

6. Standing up a State DOT Resilience Program: Insights from the NJDOT (Panel)

Speaker: Michael Hendrix


7A. Van Wyck Expressway Capital Improvements Project

Speaker: Stephanie Camay

7B. Infrastructure Upgrades & the Environment, Transportation

Speaker: Ron Deverman

7C. Implementing NEPA for FRA Projects

Speakers: Michael Johnsen, Caroline Levenda 

Public Involvement:

8A. Ensuring Successful Stakeholder (Community) Engagement

Speaker: Nicholas Albergo

8B. US Highway 85 - A Case Study of Agency, Public & Stakeholder Engagement

Speaker: Jennifer Turnbow

8C. Mega-Project, Micro-Engagement: A look at Public Involvement in the NEPA process

Speaker: Samantha Dubay

 3:15 - 4:45 PM


9. Save our Species: The Intersection of Species Management and NEPA (panel)

Speaker: Rudi Byron


10. Behaving Ethically in Today’s World

Speaker: Richard Burke

Women in STEM:

11. Women in STEM (panel)

Speaker: Laura Thorne


12A. Valuing Wildlife Crossings Features for Mitigation

Speaker: Ben Shepherd

12B. Point and Shoot: Enhancing Coastal Lighting Evaluations with the Use of Laser Sighted 

Speaker: Joseph Scarola

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Wednesday | May 20

8:00 - 9:30 AM


13. National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Reform: Real-World Perspectives on Streamlined Schedules, Less Expensive Processes, and More Concise Documents TAKE TWO

Speaker: Brian Boose


14A. NEPA Tools and Techniques: Planning and Permitting

Speaker: TBD

14B. Solar Project Site Evaluation through Desktop Constraints Analysis

Speaker: Stephen Kerlin

14C. Advantages of Using Drones for Environmental Site Assessments in Remote Locations 

Speaker: Mruthevi Thompson

14D. The Wyoming Industrial Siting Act: Managing Industrial Development in Jurisdictions with Low Population Density

Speaker: Kristine MacKinnon

Climate Change:

15A. On the Move: Considering Climate Change-Induced Population Shifts in Environmental Reviews

Speaker: James Gregory

15B. A Bird in the Hand: Analysis of How Existing Policies, Programs, and Procedures Can Be Adapted to Overcome Cultural Resource Climate Resilience Challenges

Speaker: January Tavel


16. Technical, Legal and Insurance Perspectives of Coastal Resiliency and Adaptation (Panel)

Speaker: Tim Perry

10:00 - 11:30 AM


17A. NEPA Tools and Techniques

Speaker: TBD

17B. NAVIGATE-3D - Web-mapping Tool for Analysis and Visualization of Environmental

Speaker: Jennifer Salerno

17C. Integrated Digital Environmental Impact Assessment: The holistic digitization of environmental impact analysis to drive more sustainable outcomes

Speaker: Brian Boose

17D. Writing RFPs to Get the Best Environmental Consultants

Speaker: Tom Hale

Cultural Resources:

18. Section 106 and NEPA State Actions Viewpoint

Speaker: Henry Haas


19A. Evaluating the Conservation Status of Vascular Plants in Urban Broward County

Speaker: Courtney Angelo

19B. Rewilding

Speaker: Max Winpenny


20. Advancing Program Management through More Integrated Environmental Consideration

Speaker: Leslie Tice

1:15 - 2:45 PM


21. Department of the Navy Initiatives to Strengthen and Expedite NEPA Reviews

Speaker: Ron Lamb

Cultural Resources:

22A. Best practices for partnering and collaborating with tribes: the who, what, how, and why (panel)

Speaker: Anne Ketz

22B. Protecting the history of Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site

Speaker: Lori Fox


23A. Managing Risks and Liabilities at PFAS Contaminated Sites

Speakers: Dennis Peters, Lori Coolidge

23B. Visualizing the Future: How 3D Modeling Can Improve Your Conceptual Site Model?

Speaker: Fabio Fortes

23C. Managing Environmental Data from the Field to the Map

Speaker: David Rich

23D. GIS Field Applications in Assessment and Remediation

Speaker: Kayla Ouellette


24. Challenges of Regulating Unmanned Systems (UxS) as an Emerging Ocean Observing Technology (Panel)

Speaker: Mequela Thomas

3:15 - 4:45 PM


25A. NEPA at 50: A Celebration, Critique, and a Revaluation (Panel)

Speakers: Michael Smith, Jack Allen, Betty Dehoney 

25B. NEPA at 50: A Celebration, Critique, and a Revaluation (Panel) CON'TD

Speakers: David Mattern, Ron Lamb, Fred Wagner


26A. Navigating the Marina Permitting Process in Environmentally Sensitive Coastal Areas

Speaker: Penny Cutt

26B. Replacing Canadian National Railroad’s Bonnet Carré Spillway Bridge – Permitting Strategies to Replace Historic Structures in a Complex Regulatory Environment

Speaker: James Thomas


27A. Port Everglades Environmental Program

Speaker: Erik Neugaard

27B. Florida Department of Transportation District Four’s Wetland Mitigation Portfolio: Investing Today for Tomorrow’s Transportation Improvement Projects

Speaker: Ann Broadwell

27C. The Project Environmental Impact Report (PEIR) process in Project Development of Local Transportation Projects

Speaker: Courtney Arena

Public Involvement:

28A. Communicating Climate Change Solutions to a Diverse Public Audience: The Value of Interdisciplinary Teams

Speakers: Erin Dunable, Michael Conrady

28B. Geospatial Tools for Public Involvement: Improving Outreach and Fostering Citizen Scientists through Location

Speaker: Michael Bialousz

28C. Leveraging Multi-Partner Communications and Outreach Strategies to Support the Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease Response

Speaker: Michelle Graulty

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Thursday | May 21

10:00 - 11:30 AM


29. The 1-Year EIS, 2 Years Later: Lessons Learned from the BLMs Streamlining Initiatives

Speaker: Erica Mignone Boulanger

Cultural Resources:

30. Miami Beach: Preservation Planning Model Update (Panel)

Speaker: Carrie Chasteen


31A. Developer’s Solutions to Environmental Resource Permitting:  The Do's and Don'ts of obtaining your ERP;  Mitigation Banking Case Study; House Bill 521

Speaker: Lisbeth House

31B. Environmental Challenges in Nuclear Reactor Relicensing for Turkey Point Units 3 and 4

Speaker: Anne Miracle


1:30 - 3:00 PM


32A. Making Sense of NEPA Streamlining

Speaker: Pam Schanel

32B. Effective Technical Reviews to Streamline NEPA Documentation

Speaker: Peyton Doub

32C. NEPA on the High Seas

Speaker: Annette Ehrhorn

Climate Change:

33. Managed Retreat: Environmental Implications, Strategies and Outcomes (Panel)

Speaker: Jon Philipsborn

Public Involvement:

34. Public-Public Partnerships: Building a Customizable Framework for Stakeholder Engagement (Panel)

Speaker: TBD

Ecological Restoration:

35A. Cultivating Connectivity: A Short History of Americas Long Road to Making Highways Safer and More Permeable for Wildlife

Speaker: Alexander Levy

35B. Applying the Uniform Mitigation Assessment Method to Seagrass Beds along the Howard Frankland Bridge over Tampa Bay

Speaker: Voni Moore

35C. Effect of River Engineering, Excessive Nitrogen, and Climate Change, on Hydroecology of Upper Mississippi River

Speaker: Deepak Parajuli

3:15 - 4:45 PM

Cultural Resources:

37A. Recordation of Groundbreaking Scientific Research Facility in a High-Security Environment - The Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Biology Complex

Speaker: Wesley Goddard

37B. Big Trouble on the Big Muddy—When Environmental Restoration and Historic Cultural Landscapes Collide

Speaker: William Martin

37C. Staying Ahead of Historic Resources Compliance - Bonneville Power Administration as a Case Study

Speaker: Patience Stuart

37D. Cultural Mitigation for the Great Northern Transmission Line

Speaker: Michelle Bissonnette


38A. Managing the Threat of Sea Level Rise at Historical Waterfront Property

Speaker: Jannek Cederberg

38B. Vegetation Changes Since 2005 at the Picayune Strand Restoration Project, an Everglades Restoration Project

Speaker: Maureen Bonness

38C. The Effectiveness of Florida's Sand Dune System and Artificial Barrier

Speaker: Roy David Walker

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