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The Biden administration’s recent Executive Orders related to climate, environmental justice, and indigenous relations have highlighted the need to coordinate the NEPA process closely with Section 106 responsibilities, government-to-government consultation, and environmental justice community outreach. Panelists will discuss ramifications for NEPA and Section 106, as well as perspectives on efficiently integrating these processes to meet the current administration requirements for consideration of tribal and EJ community concerns in agency decision-making. 

Moderators + Panelists

Matt Petersen
SWCA

Matt Petersen

Technical Director, NEPA

Matt has 30 years of experience as a NEPA practitioner and has managed or contributed to 50+ large-scale EISs throughout the U.S. He has used this experience to develop real-world based workshops and trainings focused on NEPA compliance.

Scott Phillips
SWCA

Scott Phillips

Technical Director, Cultural Resources

Scott is an expert in leading historians, archaeologists, tribal consultation coordinators, and ethnographers in National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) – Section 106 review for federal permitting of private sector and public projects.

Meg Perry
SWCA

Meg Perry

Environmental Facilitator

Meg specializes in community and stakeholder engagement processes focused on complex environmental challenges and integrating science and human interests in pursuit of cross-sectoral agreements and solutions.

Jim Stobaugh
SWCA

Jim Stobaugh

Senior NEPA Advisor

Jim has nearly 40 years of experience working for the Bureau of Land Management, more than half of which involved national-level program leadership in infrastructure project management and training.

Joy Huntington
Uqaqti Consulting

Joy Huntington

Principal Consultant and President

As the Principal Consultant and President of Uqaqti Consulting, an Alaskan community relations and communications firm, Joy has led communications efforts and facilitated public meetings in over fifty villages across Alaska. 

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