FWS and NOAA Fisheries (Services) biologists, action agency biologists and consultants responsible for conducting project reviews of potential impacts to listed, proposed, or candidate species and their critical habitat.
Summary and Objectives:
Participants acquire basic information on conducting interagency consultation under of the Endangered Species Act. Key information needs and procedures are addressed, with a focus on the information needs related to biological assessments and biological opinions. Lecture and discussion emphasize interagency exchange of information and solutions to support species conservation.
Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
- Discuss the components of interagency consultation and describe related requirements and procedures.
- Describe the necessary information included in a biological assessment or biological opinion.
- Describe and apply the 'may affect/no effect,' 'jeopardy/no jeopardy' and 'adverse modification' determination processes.
- Describe Section 7(a)(1) conservation obligation and give examples of national consultations.
- Explain the importance of Section 7 consultation in implementing the conservation mandates of the Endangered Species Act.
Conservation Biology- Basic, Environmental Compliance- Intermediate, Organizational Awareness- Basic, Partnering- Basic, Technical Documentation- Basic.
Contact for this course schedule after January 2024 will be email@example.com.