NEPA Compliance and Cultural Resources

Seminar Overview

Learn about environmental impact analysis, cultural resource management, and historic preservation responsibilities and relationships. Assess practical applications for effectively integrating the analyses required by the National Environmental Policy Act, related environmental regulations, and the National Historic Preservation Act.

Detailed Seminar Agenda


Claudia Nissley, president, C. Nissley Environmental Consultants; program analyst for the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation and a nationally recognized expert in cultural heritage laws and practices; author, educator, and consultant; former executive manager with the ACHP and governor-appointed Wyoming State Historic Preservation Officer

Evaluation Comments

“The entire course was high in quality, importance, and treatment was equal across the board.”

“[I learned] the breadth of ways cultural resources should be incorporated into NEPA; variety of laws, regulations, E.A.s that should be considered.”

“[The seminar] showed me the importance of looking at impacts more broadly both direct and indirect in regards to the cultural environment.”

“[I learned] the difference between NHPA and NEPA and how they come together.”

“[The seminar] provided more exposure to different perspectives than I expected.”


Managers responsible for compliance requirements; historic preservation, archaeological, and environmental consultants and planners.

Locations and Dates

  • Fredericksburg, VA
    October 22-23, 2019
    offered in conjunction with
    NAGPRA and ARPA: Applications and Requirements
    in cooperation with the
    National Park Service,
    Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park,
    The University of Mary Washington, Department of Historic Preservation, 
    and the Virginia Department of Historic Resources
  • San Diego, CA
    November 7-8, 2019
    offered in conjunction with
    Cultural and Natural Resources: An Integrated Management Strategy
    in cooperation with ICF
  • Sacramento, CA
    March 3-4, 2020
    offered in conjunction with
    Native American Cultural Property Law
    in cooperation with 
    California State Parks, Cultural Resources Division
    and Office of Historic Preservation
  • Anchorage, AK
    March 26-27, 2020
    offered in conjunction with
    Section 106: An Introduction
    in cooperation with 
    the Alaska Department of Natural Resources, 
    Office of History & Archaeology / State Historic Preservation Office,
    and the National Park Service, Alaska Support Office

Seminar Location, Hours, and Hotels

Confirmation of registration is sent out to registered participants one month prior to the seminar date. The confirmation includes the seminar location, hours, and a list of conveniently located hotels. Seminars generally are held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Registration is recommended at least 6 weeks prior to the seminar to secure a place and to avoid cancellations due to low enrollment.

Cost (see Register for more information)

$550 (6-week advance registration); $600 (regular registration)
Discounted rates are available for multiple seminars taken during the same week.

National NAGPRA Program scholarships may be available through NPI for this seminar for participants from federally recognized tribes, Alaska Native villages, and Native Hawaiian organizations. Read more.

Customized/On-Site Training

NPI also offers this seminar as customized on-site training to meet specific organizational needs. Seminars can be tailored to create single- or multiple-day workshops at a location and time convenient to the sponsor. Contact NPI at 703.765.0100 or for further information.