CEQA 101 for Biologists

  • Thursday, July 29, 2021
  • 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Zoom Webinar

The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) was enacted in 1970, in response to the 1969 passage of the National Environmental Policy Act. Most wildlife and fisheries biologists working in the State of California will encounter CEQA at some point in their careers – either through assisting with the preparation of a CEQA document (e.g., Environmental Impact Report) or implementing mitigation measures embedded in a CEQA document. Please join us for a half-day workshop discussing CEQA for Biologists!

Ever wonder how much information needs to be included in the setting section? What about writing mitigation measures for species when you don’t know if they are present? Topics covered include: CEQA background, processes, and procedures; information gathering (i.e., developing the project description, preparing for and conducting field surveys, and determining potential for species occurrence); preparing a biological resources section (including regulatory and environmental settings, thresholds of significance, impact analysis and determination, mitigation measures, and cumulative impacts); key legal rulings; and practice scenarios.
Presenters: Anne King and Kelly Fitzgerald-Holland of GEI.
Anne King:
Anne King is a wildlife biologist, specializing in ornithology, with more than 25 years of professional experience. She has served as senior biologist or project manager for many projects involving CEQA/ NEPA analysis, biological survey and monitoring, endangered species and wetland permitting, and construction monitoring. Anne has extensive experience working with clients and design teams to balance project needs with biological resource and permitting opportunities and constraints. She has prepared permit applications and engaged in agency consultation to ensure compliance with federal and state Endangered Species Acts on numerous projects and has developed and implemented mitigation programs and supported habitat restoration planning and implementation.
Kelly Fitzgerald-Holland:
Kelly Fitzgerald-Holland is a Certified Wildlife Biologist and Past President of the Western Section of The Wildlife Society. She has over 20 years of experience in ecological research, program management, environmental regulation and compliance, and terrestrial ecosystem monitoring in the western U.S. She has served as senior wildlife biologist and environmental compliance expert for a large number of projects that require endangered species permitting and biological analysis for California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)/National Environmental Policy act (NEPA) compliance. Prior to her position at GEI, she spent 4 years conducting ESA consultations as a U.S Fish and Wildlife Service biologist. She leads GEI’s biological resources team, overseeing field surveys and construction compliance monitoring.

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