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Udall Foundation and Udall Center Hosting Two Virtual Forums on Engagement and Consultation in the NEPA Process

Posted: 9/7/2021

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The Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation’s (Udall Foundation) John S. McCain III National Center for Environmental Conflict Resolution (National Center) and The University of Arizona’s Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy (Udall Center) are hosting two virtual forums entitled, “NEPA Next 50: Reflections on the National Environmental Policy Act — Federal Agency Dialogue on Engagement and Consultation.” The virtual forums will be held October 20-21, 2021.

Event Overview

The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) was signed into law on January 1, 1970, establishing a national policy for environmental protection and becoming a cornerstone of environmental legislation in the United States. Fifty years later, NEPA remains one of the most consequential environmental laws in the Nation’s history and a standard for assessing impacts and engaging stakeholders and the public in major Federal actions.

While NEPA remains fundamentally similar today compared to when it was signed into law, it has not been immune to change. Over the years, shifting national priorities brought on by changing societal and environmental conditions have led to an evolution of NEPA strategies and approaches. Yet, as the Federal approach to NEPA implementation has evolved, certain elements remain cornerstones of the NEPA environmental review process, including interagency coordination, Tribal engagement, stakeholder engagement, and public involvement. Today, Federal agencies continue to work to improve upon these collaborative aspects of the NEPA process to better enhance project outcomes, strengthen relationships, protect public interests, and ensure efficient use of Federal resources.

To support Federal agencies’ efforts to enhance collaboration, coordination, and engagement in NEPA processes, the National Center is partnering with the Udall Center to convene two virtual learning forums to understand how Federal agencies are adapting to evolving trends in NEPA and continuing to effectively collaborate with Tribes, partners, and the public in the context of NEPA implementation. These forums will provide a space for Federal agency representatives to reflect on their experiences with NEPA successes and shortcomings, and to explore activities and trends that will propel NEPA into the future.

Registration Information

Federal NEPA practitioners and agency representatives are invited to participate in the virtual forums. Space at each forum is limited; interested participants are encouraged to register soon using the links below.

Day 1: Engaging Stakeholders and the Public in the NEPA Process

October 20, 2021
11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Pacific (2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Eastern)

Keynote Speaker: Brenda Mallory, Chair of the Council on Environmental Quality

Overview: A learning forum for Federal agencies to share best practices and lessons learned, and to discuss trends relating to public and stakeholder engagement in the NEPA process.

Click here to register for Day 1

Day 2: Engaging Native Nations and Incorporating Government-to-Government Consultation in the NEPA Process

October 21, 2021
8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Pacific (11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Eastern)

Keynote Speaker: Jaime Pinkham, Acting Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works

Overview: A learning forum for Federal agencies to share best practices and lessons learned and to discuss trends relating to engaging Native Nations, including incorporating Government-to-Government Consultation and Federal regulatory processes in the NEPA process.

Click here to register for Day 2

More Information

For questions and further information about the forums, please contact Alyssa Bonini at

About the Udall Foundation

The Udall Foundation awards Scholarships, Fellowships, and Internships for study in fields related to the environment and to Native Americans and Alaska Natives in fields related to health care and Tribal public policy; connects youth to the Nation’s public lands and natural resources to foster greater understanding, appreciation, stewardship, and enjoyment of those lands and resources through photography, positive outdoor experiences, and environmental education through the Stewart L. Udall Parks in Focus® program; provides funding to the Native Nations Institute for Leadership, Management, and Policy for research, education, and outreach on Native American and Alaska Native health care issues and Tribal public policy issues; provides funding to the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy to conduct policy research and outreach on the environment and related themes; and provides impartial collaboration, consensus-building, and conflict resolution services on a wide range of environmental, natural and cultural resources, Tribal, and public lands issues involving the Federal Government through the John S. McCain III National Center for Environmental Conflict Resolution.

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