Licensing and Implementation- Using the Ecosystem Based Approach
Thursday, Feb 8, 2024
8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
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Seattle City Light
U.S. Forest Service
This session will holistically look Ecosystem Approach to Licensing and Implementation through a coffee talk type discussion among experts including those who work on ecosystem based relicensing, stakeholder engagement, and a case study example.
Who should attend:
Natural Resource and Licensing Teams
Why you should attend:
The panel will be discussing current and recent license proceeding approaches that have used an Ecosystem Based Approach with examples of projects to address license conditions and methods to engage with your stakeholders
Travis Nelson, Hydro License Manager, Tacoma Power
Travis is a seasoned professional with over 25 years of experience in natural resources with 15 of those years being in renewables. Most of those 15 years were working within the original renewable - "HYDRO". He holds a master's in business and a bachelor's in biology but is happiest holding a nice salmon! He serves as an NWHA Washington Director and chairs the Natural Resources Committee. Travis is passionate about people, hydro and the natural environment that connects all of us together in a community of humanity, even if the news on the TV tells us otherwise!
Leska Fore coordinates planning, logistics, implementation, communication, and finances for the Skagit Hydroelectric Project license and for the ongoing FERC relicensing process. Previously, as president of Statistical Design, she developed ecological based monitoring programs for state water resource agencies. At Puget Sound Partnership, a Washington state agency, she developed an effectiveness monitoring program designed to evaluate the outcomes of habitat restoration efforts. Leska has served as a journal editor and manuscript referee for more than 20 scientific journals, and her publications have been cited over 1,500 times. She has an MS in Quantitative Ecology from the University of Washington and an MA in Organizational Development from Seattle University.
Jim Chandler- BS - Colorado State University and MS University of Idaho - go vandals! Currently is the Manager for Fish and Water Quality Programs for Idaho Power. Has been with Idaho Power for 34 years working on relicensing and compliance of several FERC licenses. Primary focus has been on fish and water quality issues associated with the Hells Canyon Complex for the majority of his career.