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

    • 20 Jun 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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    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 on 20 June 2019. The field trip/workshop will be led by NC Natural Heritage Program staff and will focus on mountain bogs and associated rare plants in the upper French Broad valley near Hendersonville. This field trip is designed for environmental professionals, botanists, and students who are responsible for conducting environmental surveys.

    This one-day trip will include visits to several intact and altered wetlands. We will focus on identification and habitat for the federally listed mountain sweet pitcher plant (Sarracenia jonesii) and bunched arrowhead (Sagittaria fasciculata). We will discuss the wetland natural communities and other rare plant species that are visible at that time. We will visit additional natural communities characteristic of the lower elevation mountains as time permits.

    The natural community portion of 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 Drafts of more detailed descriptions of some natural community types can be downloaded at: 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 Fourth Approximation guide.


    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 and require a minimum of 10 participants. If there is fewer than the minimum number of participants, the class may be canceled . Registrants will receive a registration confirmation and additional trip details by email. Registration deadline is 17 June 2019.

    Registrants cancelling their registration two (2) weeks or more prior to the event will receive a refund of the registration fee, less a (3%) administrative fee. Registrants canceling between two (2) and one (1) week(s) prior to the event will receive a refund, less a (5%) administrative fee. No refunds will be given for cancellations less than seven (7) days prior to the event. Registrants may transfer their registration to another attendee with the same membership status (e.g. regular member, government employee member, non-member) at any time. Only one transfer per registration is permitted.

    Transportation: The workshop fee includes transportation by van from the local meeting location (in or near Hendersonville) to the site, for interested parties. Due to limited parking at some of the stops, 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.

    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. The field sites are known to harbor ticks, chiggers, and snakes. Bring a camera if you are interested in photographing the plant species and natural communities. Participants will not be allowed to collect plant or animal 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.

    Accommodations: The e-mail mistakenly included a group rate at Ramada Inn. Accommodation information will be sent to registrants shortly.

    • 27 Jun 2019
    • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Mecklenburg County Offices: 2145 Suttle Ave Charlotte, NC 28208
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    NCAEP is pleased to announce the second round of a new lunch and learn partnership with the US Army Corps of Engineers, Wilmington District.  The first meeting of the second round, Wetland Delineation Refresher, will be held on 27 June in Charlotte, with additional meetings covering the same topic being planned in Raleigh (25 July) and Wilmington (TBD).

    Registration by COB on 25 June is required.  Lunch will be sponsored by Wildlands.  Please contact Ward Marotti ( to learn about subsequent meetings' sponsorship opportunities and to suggest future meeting topics.

    Meeting Abstract:

    One of the bedrock skills of environmental field work is the ability to accurately delineate a boundary between wetlands and uplands - and to document this important work with a complete and defensible delineation report.  It has been nearly a decade since the Atlantic-Gulf Coastal Plain and Eastern Mountains and Piedmont Regional Supplements came into use in NC, and this lunch and learn session is designed to provide an overview of the supplements, data forms, appropriate documentation, and to answer questions regarding the delineation of wetlands in NC.  Toward that end, David Lekson, Chief of the Washington Regulatory Field Office and subject matter expert, will be sharing his knowledge and experience with us.  David will also explore the importance and application of the many new computer-based tools available to wetland delineators today.  Audience questions and interaction are encouraged throughout the meeting. 

    DATE:   27 June 2019
                  Lunch:11:30 AM
                  Presentation: 12:00

    LOCATION:  Mecklenburg County Offices
                         2145 Suttle Ave
                         Charlotte, NC 28208

    • 11 Jul 2019
    • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Lynnwood Brewing Concern - Barrel Room, 1053 E. Whitaker Mill Road, Raleigh NC
    • 37

    On 22 May 2019 the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) published a notice in the Federal Register proposing to designate the Neuse River waterdog (Necturus lewisi, an aquatic salamander) and the Carolina madtom (Noturus furiosus, a freshwater fish) as threatened and endangered species, respectively, under the Endangered Species Act.  If finalized as proposed, these species would be added to the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and extend the Act's protections to both.  Additionally, critical habitat is proposed to be designated for both (approximately 738 river miles for the Neuse River waterdog and 257 river miles for the Carolina madtom).  Both species are endemic to eastern North Carolina.  Comments on these proposed listings will be accepted until 22 July 2019.

    Pete Benjamin is the Supervisor of the USFWS Field Office in Raleigh, NC.  He will provide an overview of the proposed listings and discuss some of the fine points of the process.  He will also provide an overview of both species' biology and take questions. 

    DATE:   11 July 2019
                 Social Hour starting at 5:30 PM
                 Dinner at 6:30 PM
                 Speaker at ~7:00 PM

    LOCATION:  Lynnwood Brewing Concern 
                       (Barrel Room)
                       1053 E. Whitaker Mill Road
                       Raleigh, NC 27604

    If you have registered for the event and would like to request a vegetarian entree, please contact

    • 30 Jul 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • 4700 Falls of Neuse Road, Raleigh, NC 27609
    • 0
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    This is a one-day class (8 am to 5 pm) held in the Triangle area in order to familiarize students with typical NC WAM wetland sites in the piedmont.  The class will leave from the rear parking lot at the Moffatt & Nichol office at 4700 Falls of Neuse Road in Raleigh. This class will visit publicly owned sites and focus on identification of basin wetlands (isolated and non-isolated), which will aid in determining the applicability of the State General Permit for Impacts to Isolated and Other Non-404 Jurisdictional Wetlands and Surface Waters (IWGP100000). In addition, we will visit other typical wetland types found in the piedmont including headwater forest, floodplain pools, bottomland hardwood forest and riverine swamp forest. This class will emphasize the use and understanding of the NC WAM dichotomous key. Transportation will be by vans and lunch will be provided at a local restaurant or fast food location, although you are welcome to bring your own lunch if you have dietary constraints. This class will not evaluate wetlands using the NC WAM method and is not a substitute for the longer class. The fee for the course is $155 for members of the NCAEP and $175 for non-members. Government employees can enter the registration code "GOV19" to qualify for the $155 course fee.

    INSTRUCTORS: John Dorney and Sandy Smith

    DATE: Tuesday July 30, 2019

    LOCATION: Moffatt & Nichol Parking Lot

                        4700 Falls of Neuse Road

                        Raleigh, NC 27609

    Class enrollment is set at a minimum of 14 registrants and a maximum of 28 registrants.  Payment can be made to the NC Association of Environmental Professionals (NC AEP)  at Cancellations prior to July 22 will receive a full refund.  Cancellations after July 22 will receive a refund of the registration fee less a $25 administrative fee.  Paid registrations may be transferred to another individual upon written request.  No refunds will be given after the start of the class. 

Past events

31 May 2019 USACE Lunch & Learn - Mitigation Update: Todd Tugwell
05 Mar 2019 RESCHEDULED - Surface Water Identification and Training Course (SWITC)
21 Feb 2019 USACE Lunch & Learn - Mitigation Update: Todd Tugwell
19 Feb 2019 RESCHEDULED - NC SAM Certification Training: Lecture and Field
07 Feb 2019 Legislative Update
31 Jan 2019 Raleigh Winter Post-Holiday Social 2019
06 Dec 2018 Dinner Meeting - New North Carolina Initiatives in Climate Change and Clean Energy - Executive Order 80
26 Nov 2018 USACE Lunch & Learn - Mitigation Update: Todd Tugwell
30 Oct 2018 NC WAM Certification Training: Lecture and Field
11 Oct 2018 Dinner Meeting - Bats in the Piedmont and the Impacts of White-Nose Syndrome
03 Oct 2018 Webinar: Tribal Consultation and Engagement in the Era of Streamlining
23 Aug 2018 Dinner Meeting - NCDOT Project ATLAS
19 Jul 2018 2018 NCAEP Annual Pig Pickin'
12 Jul 2018 USACE-Wilmington District Regulatory Program Update - Coordination Procedures for Federally Listed Bat Species in Western North Carolina
21 Jun 2018 Dinner Meeting - USACE: Regulatory Program Update: Introducing the Charlotte Regulatory Field Office
07 Jun 2018 2018 Rare Plant & Natural Community Identification Workshop
24 Apr 2018 NC WAM Certification Training: Lecture and Field
22 Mar 2018 Dinner Meeting - Incorporating Ecosystem Services Into NEPA
01 Feb 2018 Charlotte Winter Post-Holiday Social 2018
25 Jan 2018 Raleigh Winter Post-Holiday Social 2018
09 Nov 2017 Dinner Meeting - DMS: Identifying Restoration Priorities Using the Functional Approach
02 Nov 2017 TMDL Alternatives: Category 4b Success Stories and Other Options
10 Oct 2017 NC WAM Certification Training: Lecture and Field
04 Oct 2017 2017 Natural Communities and Rare Plants of the Uwharrie National Forest, Montgomery County, NC
28 Sep 2017 Dinner Meeting - DEQ Working Priorities and Themes
19 Sep 2017 NC SAM Certification Training: Lecture and Field
14 Jun 2017 NEPA Legislative/Policy Update
06 Jun 2017 2017 Rare Plant & Natural Community Identification Workshop
09 May 2017 Surface Water Identification and Training Course
27 Apr 2017 2017 Pig Pickin'
18 Apr 2017 NC SAM Certification Training: Lecture and Field
31 Mar 2017 NC WAM & SAM for Managers
27 Mar 2017 NAEP Conference
08 Mar 2017 Webinar: Environmental Practice in Flux: Transitioning to the Trump Administration
02 Mar 2017 Dinner Meeting - City of Raleigh Mitigation Bank
24 Jan 2017 Dinner Meeting - Proposed Water Quality Permit Revisions: Comment Period Open
27 Oct 2016 Dinner Meeting - NEPA/SEPA Update: Jennifer Haynie, NC Division of Water Infrastructure
13 Sep 2016 NC WAM Certification Training: Lecture and Field
18 Aug 2016 Charlotte Dinner Meeting - Charlotte's Umbrella Stream and Wetland Mitigation Bank: Past, Present and Future
05 May 2016 2016 Pig Pickin'
03 May 2016 NC WAM Certification Training: Lecture and Field
21 Mar 2016 NC SAM Certification Training: Lecture and Field
25 Feb 2016 Raleigh Dinner Meeting - NC SAM and NC WAM
27 Jan 2016 Raleigh Winter Post-Holiday Social 2016
20 Jan 2016 Webinar: Status of the Clean Water Rule
10 Dec 2015 Raleigh Dinner Meeting - 2015 Legislative Updates
11 Nov 2015 Phase I ESA 1527-13 Updated Requirements for “All Appropriate Inquiries”
02 Oct 2015 October 2, 2015 NATURAL COMMUNITY IDENTIFICATION WORKSHOP, Durham, NC area
01 Oct 2015 Nutrient Management: Implications for Mitigation
01 Oct 2015 October 1, 2015 NATURAL COMMUNITY IDENTIFICATION WORKSHOP, Durham, NC area
10 Sep 2015 Charlotte Dinner Meeting - Advancing the Science, Policy, and Approach of Stream Restoration
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
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
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
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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