Streamlining Environmental Reviews

Originally Broadcast on July 21st, 2021, 12:30 - 1:30 pm ET

Digital tools and geospatial data are key components in the regulatory driven environmental review process. The early identification of wetlands, critical habitats, and threatened and endangered species is vital for conservation, as well as determining the effect of pending infrastructure projects on our nation's natural resources. Come find out how digital tools like the US Fish and Wildlife Service's online tool, Information for Planning and Consultation (IPaC), helps environmental consultants ensure that infrastructure projects are in compliance with regulations.

In this webinar, members of USFWS will demonstrate the essential utilization of IPaC in respect to streamlining the federal ESA environmental review process. Panelists from other agencies will share their experiences in the utilization of IPaC, adaptations of the software, and where digital tools such as IPaC and Ecobot are evolving toward in the near future. Stick around for a rich panel discussion and for participant questions at the end of the webinar.


Presenters & Panelists

  • Victoria Foster, National IPaC Coordinator, USFWS
  • Chellby Kilheffer Johnson, Biologist, USFWS
  • Michelle Hobgood, Environmental Scientist, NCDOT
  • Lane Masoud, Project Manager, MDOT

Webinar Topics

  • Digital tools for ESA and CWA compliance
  • Intro to USFWS's IPaC online tool
  • Explore T&E species and habitats
  • Obtain official T&E species list
  • Evaluate potential impacts on resources managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Identify and locate potential wetland and other WOTUS
  • Learn how to streamline the regulatory consultation process

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