Sonoma County Farm Bureau

Seminar Focuses on Strategies for Farmers Facing Challenges of the Endangered Species Act

A seminar offering strategies for farmers and ranchers forced to deal with the challenges and complexities of the federal Endangered Species Act will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. March 19 at Sonoma County Farm Bureau, 3589 Westwind Blvd. in Santa Rosa.

The seminar will offer presentations from Sacramento attorney Brenda W. Davis, a legal expert on the Endangered Species Act as it relates to agricultural land use, and Julie MacDonald, a former federal regulator who now owns a consulting company specializing in natural resources.  Davis, principal in The Brenda Davis Law Group, and MacDonald, president of MacDonald Consulting LLP, will offer strategies for avoiding problems and pitfalls associated with routine farming, ranching and vineyard operations as they relate to the Endangered Species Act. The two speakers will assist landowners in identifying what is legally required, versus asserted obligations, for critical habitat designations, mitigation requirements and habitat conservation plans.

The seminar, open to any landowner or property manager interested in learning more about navigating the Endangered Species Act, costs $35 for members of Farm Bureau and $75 for non-members. Reservations are required and can be made by contacting Tarra at 916-341-7400 or Tarra@bwdlawgroup.com.

Davis, former managing counsel for the Natural Resources and Environmental Division of the California Farm Bureau Federation, focuses her legal practice on issues related to water law and endangered species at the state and federal levels.

MacDonald, former deputy assistant secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks at the United States Department of the Interior, left the federal agency to start her own natural resources consulting business.

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