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Biological Assessment Essentials

This course explains and demonstrates the essential principles behind building a Biological Assessment to support consultation under Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act.

The course will explore:

The deconstruction technique for accurately developing an action area and establishing a foundation for the assessment
How to build a clear and defensible rationale for presence or absence of listed species and critical habitat
A systematic method of exploring and describing effects to species and critical habitat
Project effects determination categories and how to assign a project’s effects appropriately
Common weaknesses in assessments that disrupt smooth consultation with the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service and how to avoid those weaknesses

This course is appropriate for practitioners at all levels, including those new to writing biological assessments, supervisors who review biological assessments, and experienced practitioners who would like to learn additional tips and techniques for better written documents and more efficient consultation.

Course will be provided in an online live webinar format using the ClickMeeting webinar platform. It will consist of approximately 8 hours of live presentation, with lunch and rest breaks, given in one day. An optional 2 hour interactive question and answer session will be scheduled the day following the presentation. Doug Laye will be the course instructor. Course capacity will be limited to 15 students.

The September 2022 edition of this course will be offered at the regular price of $525 per student.

The next presentation of this course is set to be offered in September 2022. Sign up for updates now to be notified as soon as scheduling and enrollment details become available.

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Course will be provided in an online live webinar format using the ClickMeeting webinar platform. It will consist of approximately 8 hours of live presentation, with lunch and rest breaks, given in one day. An optional 2 hour interactive question and answer session will be scheduled the day following the presentation. Doug Laye will be the course instructor. Course capacity will be limited to 15 students.

Course will be offered at the regular price of $525 per student.

All Spring 2024 offerings of this course have been filled.

New course dates for Fall 2024 will be announced following a brief summer hiatus.

If you'd like to be notified of the new dates once they are set, click here to sign up for our newsletter.


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.

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

Course will be provided in an online live webinar format using the ClickMeeting webinar platform. It will consist of approximately 8 hours of live presentation, with lunch and rest breaks, given in one day. An optional 2 hour interactive question and answer session will be scheduled the day following the presentation. Doug Laye will be the course instructor. Course capacity will be limited to 15 students.

The October 2022 edition of this course will be offered at the regular price of $525 per student.

The next presentation of this course is set to be offered in October 2022. Sign up for updates now to be notified as soon as scheduling and enrollment details become available.

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Course will be provided in an online live webinar format using the ClickMeeting webinar platform. It will consist of approximately 8 hours of live presentation, with lunch and rest breaks, given in one day. An optional 2 hour interactive question and answer session will be scheduled the day following the presentation. Doug Laye will be the course instructor. Course capacity will be limited to 15 students.

Course will be offered at the regular price of $525 per student.

All Spring 2024 offerings of this course have been filled.

New course dates for Fall 2024 will be announced following a brief summer hiatus.

If you'd like to be notified of the new dates once they are set, click here to sign up for our newsletter.


Essentials of Programmatic Consultations

This course explores and explains programmatic approaches to Section 7 consultation under the Endangered Species Act.

It is strongly recommended that students enrolling in this class have prior training or experience in the Section 7 consultation process.

Course topics include:

How programmatics differ from standard consultations
Ways to understand the confusing naming conventions encountered within programmatic consultations
The 7 steps to establish the foundation of a programmatic approach
Variations in programmatic activity, biological assessments, and programmatic consultation documents
Challenges and vulnerabilities within the programmatic approach and potential solution strategies

This course has been developed for practitioners already familiar with the essentials of Section 7 consultation who would like to add an understanding of programmatic consultations to their skill set.

Course will be provided in an online live webinar format using the ClickMeeting webinar platform. It will consist of approximately 5 hours of live presentation, with lunch and rest breaks, given in one day. Doug Laye will be the course instructor. Course capacity will be limited to 15 students.

Course will be offered at the regular price of $325 per student.

All Spring 2024 offerings of this course have been filled.

New course dates for Fall 2024 will be announced following a brief summer hiatus.

If you'd like to be notified of the new dates once they are set, click here to sign up for our newsletter.


Essential Training More Accessible than ever before

Training is provided using live webinar platform ClickMeeting, providing person-to-person instruction without the expense and hassle of travel.

Live webinar presentation by Doug Laye
Live Q&A with Doug during presentation and follow-up session
Online Platform - No travel required

Essential Training

More Accessible than ever before

Training is provided using webinar platform ClickMeeting, providing in-person quality instruction without the expense and hassle of travel.

Live webinar presentation by Doug Laye

Live Q&A with Doug during presentation and optional follow-up session

Online Platform - No travel required

BIOLOGICAL ASSESSMENT ESSENTIALS


Price:

$ 525

per person


Course Presentation: 8 hours

Optional Follow-up Q&A: 2 hours

Students: 15

Date: September 2022

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ESSENTIALS OF SECTION 7 CONSULTATION AND BIOLOGICAL OPINIONS


Price:

$ 525

per person


Course Presentation: 8 hours

Optional Follow-up Q&A: 2 hours

Students: 15

Date: October 2022

Sign up to be notified when scheduling and enrollment details become available

BIOLOGICAL ASSESSMENT ESSENTIALS


Price:

$ 525

per person


Course Presentation: 8 hours

Optional Follow-up Q&A: 2 hours

Students: 15 per course date

Dates: Next dates Fall 2024

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ESSENTIALS OF SECTION 7 CONSULTATION AND BIOLOGICAL OPINIONS


Price:

$ 525

per person


Course Presentation: 8 hours

Optional Follow-up Q&A: 2 hours

Students: 15 per course date

Dates: Next dates Fall 2024

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course date updates

ESSENTIALS OF PROGRAMMATIC CONSULTATIONS


Price:

$ 325

per person


Course Presentation: 5 hours

Q&A: During presentation

Students: Only a few seats remain

Dates: Next dates Fall 2024

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