Cultural and Natural Resource Compliance


Participants learn to identify stewardship responsibilities included in major cultural and natural resource laws and regulations, including the Endangered Species Act and National Historic Preservation Act. They also survey cultural and natural resource legal compliance steps and review how to integrate compliance into the agency mission.


Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to do the following:

  • Manage the natural and cultural resources of their respective agency
  • Understand the pertinent laws, and associated executive orders and regulations
  • Integrate natural and cultural resources funding requirements with an environmental budget
  • Request assistance of contractors, non-profit organizations, or other government agencies on cultural and natural resource issues


We tailor each workshop to meet the needs of the participants. The basic format of the interactive workshop includes the following components:

  • Surveying Primary Laws
    Understand the primary laws affecting cultural and natural resource planning, including the following:
    • National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
    • National Historic Preservation Act
    • Floodplains and Wetlands Executive Order
    • Clean Water Act
    • Endangered Species Act
  • Understanding Process
  • Identifying and Using Agency Guidelines
    Learn where to find and how to use the agencies associated with the primary laws affecting cultural and natural resources.
  • Practicing Compliance
    Use two agency-specific cultural and natural resource projects as case studies to apply and practice principles learned.


Participants for this training generally include resource managers, environmental planners, resource specialists, agency decisionmakers, and others who need an overview of managing cultural and natural resources.


Cultural and Natural Resource Management is an interactive workshop designed with both new and experienced resource managers in mind. For optimal learning, class size is limited to between 20 and 25 participants.This 2- or 3-day workshop consists of a carefully designed combination of the following:

  • 20% Lecture
  • 50% Discussion
  • 30% Exercises


Participants receive the following:

  • Comprehensive workshop manual
  • Appropriate handouts
  • Archaelogical Resources Protection Act of 1979
  • Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act of 1990
  • Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972
  • Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972
  • Workshop Resources workbook