Under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), federal agencies are required to integrate environmental reviews into their decision making process and ensure meaningful public engagement. The term NEPA review is used to encompass the process, analyses, and documents developed under NEPA to inform federal agency’s decision. Since tribes have retained their sovereignty for environmental protection on land within their jurisdiction, activities on tribal land often require that approval of both the tribal government as well as federal agencies. Our experience allows us to effectively navigate the tribal and federal environmental permitting process.
NEPA requires public scoping to develop an understanding of the public’s issues and concerns, especially for significant and controversial projects. We develop effective community outreach and public relations plans that identify key points in the decision-making process. We implement plans covering key tasks during the planning process that depend on strong community support and involvement.
- Technical and legally defensible Environmental Assessments that are in compliance with NEPA and other applicable laws and regulations.
- Public outreach plans that are tailored for Navajo communities. We utilize a combination of outreach efforts, such as public announcements, press releases, flyers, newsletters, social media, meetings, focus groups, and survey questionnaires.
- Project management skills and quality assurance plans that lead to quality products.