Course Enrollment: Essentials of Section 7 Consultation & Biological Opinions


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Typical Course Schedule:

Course will be delivered on Day One of the course date, usually from 7am to 3pm Pacific Time (10am to 6pm Eastern Time).

Presentation on that day will consist of instructional content delivered live over approximately 8 hours including lunch and rest breaks.

An optional Question and Answer Session will be available on Day Two of the course date from 8am to 10am Pacific Time (11am to 1pm Eastern Time) to provide a 2 hour follow-up opportunity for those with additional questions.

Course Structure:

Instructor: Doug Laye

Format: The course will be presented as a live webinar on the ClickMeeting platform. Once enrolled, each student will be sent a personal invitation to the course which will include complete instructions for accessing it via ClickMeeting. 

Class Size: Course is limited to 15 students. Enrollment is on a first come, first served basis.

Price: $525 per student.

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Course: Essentials of Section 7 Consultation & Biological Opinions

Date: November 14 & 15, 2023

Price: $525 per Student

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  • U.S. government agencies can purchase enrollment on behalf of their employees through PayPal using government issued credit cards.

Course: Essentials of Section 7 Consultation & Biological Opinions

Date: November 14 & 15, 2023

Price: $525 per Student


Full Course Description


The Essentials of Section 7 Consultation and Biological Opinions

This course describes the intent, requirements, process and products behind consultation under Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act.

The course will explore:

The Prime Directive of Section 7
The complicating differences between the standards in consultation and the scientific method
Important terms of art
Necessary legal and policy documents to inform the consultation process

The distinction between the categories of project effects determinations

used in consultation, and the consequences of those differences
The importance of clear communication and clear rationales through writing
Areas of common weaknesses in Biological Opinions and Concurrence Letters and methods to strengthen those areas

This course is appropriate for practitioner’s new to the consultation process that need a foundation to build on while writing concurrence letters or biological opinions, practitioners that have been writing consultation documents without any formal training, and supervisors or managers that must review final consultation documents or supervise consultation practitioners.