Lisa Westwood, ECORP’s Cultural Resources Manager, will be presenting as a member of the Conference Faculty at the California Land Use Law & Policy Annual Conference on March 10 in Sacramento. Her presentation, titled “The Interplay between CEQA, Section 106, SB 18, and Now AB 52 – the New Tribal Consultation Requirement,” will explain the new procedures required by CEQA’s latest amendment via Assembly Bill 52.
Assembly Bill (AB) 52 is a new state law recently signed by the governor in 2014 that amended the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) to require Tribal Cultural Resources to be considered as potentially significant cultural resources under the CEQA environmental review process. AB 52 requires consultation with California Native American tribes during the CEQA process. Recognizing that California tribes are experts in their tribal cultural resources and heritage, this bill requires that CEQA lead agencies carry out consultation with tribes at the commencement of the CEQA process to identify and evaluate the significance of Tribal Cultural Resources, a new category of cultural resources under CEQA.
Other presenters include agency officials from the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research California, California High Speed Rail Authority, Department of Fish & Wildlife, and California Department of Water Resources, among others. The conference will be held at the Westin Hotel in Sacramento on March 9 and 10. Registration is available by calling 800-419-2741 FREE, by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or at the website registrationheadquarters.com.