Meetings and Events

Each year NCAEP holds up to four dinner meetings in Raleigh, and over the last several years we have been expanding our meetings to Charlotte and Wilmington. Topics range across the diverse interests of our membership including natural resources, stream and wetland restoration, NEPA/SEPA, stormwater issues, regulatory updates, environmental ethics, and a variety of other topics. Our past speakers have included senior members of NCDENR, NCDWQ, local governments, and the Whitehouse Council of Environmental Quality. Many of our speakers' past presentations are available on the Past Meetings link. Most of our dinner meetings provide 1 Professional Development Hour of credit for those needing to keep up with certifications.

Each meeting begins with a social hour and gives our members the chance to catch up with old acquaintances and news from other specialties or interests. We then ask our speakers to present from 15 to 30 minutes, followed by a question and answer session. Come join us and learn something new!

Upcoming events

    • 10 Sep 2015
    • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Dilworth Grille, 911 E Morehead St, Charlotte, NC

    Come join us in Charlotte, NC to learn about the latest developments in stream restoration.

     

    DATE:  10 September 2015

                Social Hour starting at 5:30 PM
                Dinner at 6:30 PM
                Speakers at ~7:00PM

    LOCATION:  Dilworth Grille
                        911 E. Morehead St.
                        Charlotte, NC 28204

     

    Will Harman, founder of Stream Mechanics, will speak about his recently completed work with the Environmental Law Institute on an EPA grant-funded project to evaluate the science of stream restoration, the approaches used, and the policy guiding stream mitigation activities.  The project's purpose is to develop a stream restoration/mitigation handbook that can be used to apply the best-available science to achieve better stream restoration results.

    We have seen tremendous change in the last 30 years regarding the management of our streams and rivers. Throughout the 1800s and much of the 1900s river management was focused on “improvements” for the purposes of drainage, flood control, and navigation. In the late 1900s, scientists and engineers began to incorporate principles of fluvial geomorphology into river restoration, and the term “Natural Channel Design” was born. In the early 2000’s, stream mitigation regulations began to shift the focus to restoring physical, chemical, and biological functions. The restoration of stream functions goes beyond the stability focus of natural channel design.

    Amid these changes, however, traditional methods of flood control and channelization remain. And even with a focus on restoration-based methods, uncertainty remains about the effectiveness of these newer approaches. Some research shows that restoration is effective and other studies show it is not. Confounding the issue, most research studies do not specify the restoration approach or techniques used.

    Will's presentation will provide what we’ve learned so far from examining stream mitigation protocols from across the country, the science behind stream restoration, and a new framework for organizing stream restoration approaches and techniques, including suggestions about how to match approaches/techniques with watershed problems.


    • 01 Oct 2015
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Durham, NC area including Eno River State Park
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    2015 NATURAL COMMUNITY IDENTIFICATION WORKSHOP

    October 1, 2015

    Durham County, NC     

     

    The North Carolina Natural Heritage Program (NHP) and the North Carolina Association of Environmental Professionals (NCAEP) will hold a one-day Natural Community Identification workshop.  Identical sessions will be held October 1 and 2, 2015.  The field trip/workshop will be led by Michael Schafale, and will highlight natural communities of the Piedmont of North Carolina. This field trip is designed for environmental professionals, botanists, and students who are responsible for conducting environmental surveys. 

    October 1, 2015 Field Trip: Rare Species and Natural Communities

    This one-day trip will focus on the typical natural communities of the Piedmont Region.  We will visit several areas in Eno River State Park and possibly other sites near Durham.  We will talk about identification and characteristics of the upland and wetland communities most frequently encountered in central North Carolina, from Dry Oak—Hickory Forest to Piedmont Alluvial Forest and Low Elevation Seep.  While these communities are not often home to rare plants, we will discuss what rare plants occur in them, and may have a chance to see a few. 

    The workshop will be based on the Guide to the Natural Communities of North Carolina, Fourth Approximation (2012).  This document in electronic form is available as a free download at the NHP website at http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/nhp/searchable-publications.  You may also download a copy of Classification of the Natural Communities of North Carolina, Third Approximation (1990) by Schafale and Weakley, which has more descriptive text than the current Fourth Approximation.

    Notes

    Registration:  In order to make the most of this learning experience and for the safety of all participants and the habitats we visit, we must limit the number of participants to 20 registrants each day and require a minimum of 10 participants.  If there is fewer than the minimum number of participants on either day, that day’s class may be canceled up to 2 weeks prior to the field trip.  Registrants will receive a registration confirmation and additional trip details by email.

    Transportation: The workshop fee includes transportation by van from the local meeting location to the site, for interested parties. If less than 10 people sign up to ride in a van, we may cancel the van registration and request that participants carpool. Due to limited parking at some of the stops, carpooling with other workshop participants or riding in a van is encouraged. Details about departure times and meeting locations will be emailed to participants prior to the workshop. We will make break stops as feasible along the way.

    Meeting Location: Meeting sites in Raleigh and in Durham will be announced closer to the time of the workshop.

    Equipment: Please bring a lunch, as we will eat lunch while in the field. Please wear appropriate field clothes and shoes and bring water, insect repellent, and sunscreen as needed.  Bring a camera if you are interested in photographing the plants in flower. Participants will not be allowed to collect specimens. The field trips are planned rain or shine, so please plan and prepare accordingly. In the rare event of emergency cancellation or last minute updates, registrants will be contacted via email. Coolers will be provided for drinks. Afternoon snacks will also be provided.

    • 02 Oct 2015
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Durham, NC area including Eno River State Park
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    2015 NATURAL COMMUNITY IDENTIFICATION WORKSHOP

    October 2, 2015

    Durham County, NC     

     

    The North Carolina Natural Heritage Program (NHP) and the North Carolina Association of Environmental Professionals (NCAEP) will hold a one-day Natural Community Identification workshop.  Identical sessions will be held October 1 and 2, 2015.  The field trip/workshop will be led by Michael Schafale, and will highlight natural communities of the Piedmont of North Carolina. This field trip is designed for environmental professionals, botanists, and students who are responsible for conducting environmental surveys. 

    October 2, 2015 Field Trip: Rare Species and Natural Communities

    This one-day trip will focus on the typical natural communities of the Piedmont Region.  We will visit several areas in Eno River State Park and possibly other sites near Durham.  We will talk about identification and characteristics of the upland and wetland communities most frequently encountered in central North Carolina, from Dry Oak—Hickory Forest to Piedmont Alluvial Forest and Low Elevation Seep.  While these communities are not often home to rare plants, we will discuss what rare plants occur in them, and may have a chance to see a few. 

    The workshop will be based on the Guide to the Natural Communities of North Carolina, Fourth Approximation (2012).  This document in electronic form is available as a free download at the NHP website at http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/nhp/searchable-publications.  You may also download a copy of Classification of the Natural Communities of North Carolina, Third Approximation (1990) by Schafale and Weakley, which has more descriptive text than the current Fourth Approximation.

    Notes

    Registration:  In order to make the most of this learning experience and for the safety of all participants and the habitats we visit, we must limit the number of participants to 20 registrants each day and require a minimum of 10 participants.  If there is fewer than the minimum number of participants on either day, that day’s class may be canceled up to 2 weeks prior to the field trip.  Registrants will receive a registration confirmation and additional trip details by email.

    Transportation: The workshop fee includes transportation by van from the local meeting location to the site, for interested parties. If less than 10 people sign up to ride in a van, we may cancel the van registration and request that participants carpool. Due to limited parking at some of the stops, carpooling with other workshop participants or riding in a van is encouraged. Details about departure times and meeting locations will be emailed to participants prior to the workshop. We will make break stops as feasible along the way.

    Meeting Location: Meeting sites in Raleigh and in Durham will be announced closer to the time of the workshop.

    Equipment: Please bring a lunch, as we will eat lunch while in the field. Please wear appropriate field clothes and shoes and bring water, insect repellent, and sunscreen as needed.  Bring a camera if you are interested in photographing the plants in flower. Participants will not be allowed to collect specimens. The field trips are planned rain or shine, so please plan and prepare accordingly. In the rare event of emergency cancellation or last minute updates, registrants will be contacted via email. Coolers will be provided for drinks. Afternoon snacks will also be provided.

Past events

13 Aug 2015 Northern Long-eared Bat Listing Update - USF&WS Asheville Dinner Meeting
03 Jun 2015 June 3, 2015 Workshop: Natural Communities and Rare Plants of the Hickory Nut Gorge Area, Rutherford County, NC
14 May 2015 May 14th Raleigh Dinner Meeting - USF&WS listing of the Northern Long-Eared Bat
30 Apr 2015 2015 Pig Pickin'
10 Apr 2015 Spring Herb Identification Workshop
25 Mar 2015 Webinar: Consultation under Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act Programmatic: NEPA Reviews
12 Mar 2015 Dinner Meeting - Donald van der Vaart, Secretary, NC Department of Environment & Natural Resources
27 Feb 2015 Winter Plant Identification Workshop (moved to rain date)
25 Feb 2015 Webinar: Guidance on Effective Use of Programmatic NEPA Reviews
12 Feb 2015 Charlotte Winter Post-Holiday Social
28 Jan 2015 Webinar: Integrating Analysis of Greenhouse Gases and Climate Change in NEPA Documents
22 Jan 2015 Raleigh Winter Post-Holiday Social 2015
04 Dec 2014 Raleigh Dinner Meeting - 2014 Legislative Updates
03 Oct 2014 October 3, 2014 Natural Communities and Rare Plants of the Uwharrie National Forest, Montgomery County, NC
02 Oct 2014 October 2, 2014 Natural Communities and Rare Plants of the Uwharrie National Forest, Montgomery County, NC
25 Sep 2014 Raleigh Dinner Meeting - Mosquito and Tick-Borne Diseases
17 Sep 2014 The Role of the Environmental Professional in Disaster Preparedness, Planning, and Recovery
24 Jul 2014 Wilmington Dinner Meeting - Update: Ecosystem Enhancement Program
29 May 2014 Piedmont Rare Species and Mafic Rock Communities Workshop and Fieldtrip to Durham and Granville Counties, NC
22 May 2014 Charlotte Dinner Meeting - The Environmental Management Commission & the Regulatory Reform Act
21 May 2014 NEPA 2013 Legal and Regulatory Update
07 Apr 2014 2014 NAEP Conference in St. Petersburg, FL
03 Apr 2014 Dinner Meeting - John E. Skvarla, III, Secretary, NC Department of Environment & Natural Resources
09 Jan 2014 Winter Post-Holiday Social 2014
05 Dec 2013 Raleigh Dinner Meeting - 2013 Legislative Updates
09 Oct 2013 Charlotte Dinner Meeting - 2013 Legislative Updates
13 Sep 2013 Middle Coastal Plain (Bladen Lakes Area) Rare Plants & Natural Communities Workshop
15 Aug 2013 Clean Water Management Trust Fund and Natural Heritage Program Updates
06 Jun 2013 Coastal Plain Rare Plants Workshop
22 May 2013 2013 Pig Pickin'
21 Mar 2013 Dinner Meeting - John E. Skvarla, III, Secretary, NC Department of Environment & Natural Resources
12 Mar 2013 Raleigh Webinar - ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNING UNDER MAP-21 TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS
24 Jan 2013 Winter Post-Holiday Social 2013
06 Dec 2012 Regulatory Reform and the Environment at the NC General Assembly
11 Oct 2012 Southern Mountain Rare Plants Workshop
19 Sep 2012 Charlotte Webinar - USACOE Permitting and 401 Water Quality Certifications
19 Sep 2012 Raleigh Webinar - USACOE Permitting and 401 Water Quality Certifications
13 Sep 2012 Will Harman to speak on: A Function-Based Framework for Stream Assessment and Restoration Projects
23 Aug 2012 Water Quality Improvements in Charlotte/Mecklenburg: Planning, Implementation, and Ongoing Opportunities
21 Jun 2012 The Environmental Footprint of Shale Gas and Hydraulic Fracturing
20 Jun 2012 Webinar - NEPA Legal and Policy Update
23 May 2012 2012 Pig Pickin'
20 Apr 2012 Western Piedmont Rare Plants Workshop
29 Mar 2012 Determining Ecological Flows for River Basin Planning in North Carolina
17 Mar 2012 CLEAN JORDAN LAKE
18 Jan 2012 Winter Holiday Social 2012
08 Dec 2011 Environmental Decision Making: From Theory to Participation
15 Nov 2011 USACE Regulatory Update – NCWAM & NCSAM
22 Oct 2011 NCAEP'S BIG SWEEP AT FALLS LAKE
15 Sep 2011 2011 RARE PLANT & COMMUNITY IDENTIFICATION WORKSHOP
08 Sep 2011 EEP Version 2.0
11 Aug 2011 Current Trends in Stormwater Management
15 Jun 2011 NAEP Webinar - NEPA Legal and Policy Update
09 Jun 2011 Consolidated Buffer Rules and other DWQ Updates
19 May 2011 Basinwide Planning / Waters Committee Meeting
17 May 2011 2011 Pig Pickin'
07 Apr 2011 NAEP CEQ Webinar
03 Mar 2011 Compensatory Stream and Wetland Mitigation: An Evaluation of Regulatory Success
12 Jan 2011 Winter Holiday Social
04 Nov 2010 LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: Nov. Dinner Meeting @ BB&Y Restaurant
17 Oct 2010 Crowder District Park Invasive Species Workshop
21 Sep 2010 Fall Dinner Meeting @ BB&Y Restaurant

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