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The Trump administration made bold changes to the implementation of the Endangered Species Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. The incoming Biden administration has signaled a desire to roll back some of those changes and push forward with its own bold regulations and policies. Our panelists discuss which direction the wildlife regulatory environment may be headed and practical implications for economic and infrastructure activities.

Moderators + Panelists

Amanda Aurora
SWCA

Amanda Aurora

Technical Director, ESA

Amanda has more than 20 years of consulting experience, with an emphasis on the Endangered Species Act and how compliance with the Endangered Species Act influences with other regulatory programs.

Pauline Roberts
SWCA

Pauline Roberts

Senior Project Manager

With a research background in avian ecology, Pauline's expertise includes assessment of impacts and risks to birds and other wildlife from renewable energy and transmission infrastructure and endangered species issues.

Lauren Huff
SWCA

Lauren Huff

Senior Biologist/Ecologist

Lauren has more than 15 years of experience in environmental consulting, with an emphasis on federal and state regulations including the Endangered Species Act and Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

Brandon Tuck
Vinson & Elkins

Brandon Tuck

Counsel, Environmental & Natural Resources

Brandon specializes in environmental and natural resources law with an emphasis on project development and enforcement defense, advising clients on obtaining and defending permits and authorizations for a variety of energy, manufacturing, and development projects.

Tim Hayes
Duke Energy

Tim Hayes

Environmental Director

Tim leads siting, permitting and environmental issues for Duke Energy’s growing renewable energy business. He also serves as the MBTA Technical Committee Chair for the Energy and Wildlife Action Coalition and is a past board chair of the American Wind Wildlife Institute.

Jake Li
Environmental Policy Innovation Center

Jake Li

Director for Biodiversity

Jake specializes in endangered species law, policy, and science at the Environmental Policy Innovation Center in Washington, D.C., covering many aspects of the Endangered Species Act and other federal wildlife laws.

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