Environment & Natural Resources Law Section

The Environment & Natural Resources Law Section of the Idaho State Bar promotes the education, training and networking of attorneys practicing in the environmental law area. The section meets at 12:00 p.m. noon (MT) on the fourth Wednesday of the month, September through May (location TBD). The section also sponsors the Annual Environmental Law Seminar in late January.

Council Members | Section Membership | Meetings & Events | Meeting Minutes
Past CLE Materials | Newsletters | Legal Resources | Disclaimer

Council Members


Dylan Barnes Lawrence
Varin Wardwell
PO Box 1676
Boise, ID 83701
Phone: (208) 907-1529
Fax: (866) 717-1758

Vice Chairperson

Emmi L. Blades
Office of the Attorney General
PO Box 83720
Boise, ID  83720-0098
Phone: (208) 287-4809
Fax: (208) 287-6700


Tyson Kay Nelson
Gibby Group, LLC
872 E. Pebble Drive
Burley, ID  83318
Phone: (208) 654-2733
Fax: (866) 917-2553

Past Chairperson

Alison Michelle Nelson
Husch Blackwell LLP
209 Wilderness Way
Boise, ID 83716
Phone: (314) 338-7491
Fax: (314) 480-1505

At Large Council Members

Elizabeth D. Swisher
U. S. Ecology
251 E. Front Street, Ste. 400
Boise, ID  83702
Phone: (208) 331-8400
Fax: (208) 331-7900

Nicholas Alexander Warden
Fisher Rainey Hudson
950 W. Bannock Street, Ste. 630
Boise, ID  83702
Phone: (208) 345-7000
Fax: (208) 514-1900

Bryan  Hurlbutt
Advocates for the West, Inc.
PO Box 1612
Boise, ID  83701
Phone: (208) 342-7024

Mark Francis Cecchini-Beaver
U.S. Courts, District of Idaho
1010 E. Floral Lane
Boise, ID  83712
Phone: (413) 575-1908

Marie Callaway Kellner
Idaho Conservation League
PO Box 844
Boise, ID  83701
Phone: (208) 345-6933
Fax: (208) 344-0344

Preston Neal Carter
Givens Pursley LLP
PO Box 2720
Boise, ID  83701
Phone: (208) 388-1200
Fax: (208) 388-1300


Section Membership

If you are interested in joining the Environment & Natural Resources Law Section, complete the Section Registration Form .PDF and return with payment to Dayna Ferrero at the Idaho State Bar, PO Box 895, Boise, Idaho 83701. Membership dues are as follows:

2016 Standard Membership Dues: $35
Attorneys Admitted to ISB Less Than 5 Years: $15
Law Students: $10

To view the section's by-laws, select: Environment & Natural Resources Law Section By-Laws PDF File - Get Acrobat Reader

Meetings & Events


The Environment & Natural Resources Law Section meets at 12:00 p.m. noon (MT) on the fourth Wednesday of the month - September through May (location to be announced). No meetings are held during the summer months of June, July or August. Dates for upcoming meetings are listed below.

May 27, 2015
September 23, 2015
October 28, 2015 - MATERIALS (including agenda)
November 25, 2015 (Rescheduled for November 18, 2015) - AGENDA / MATERIALS
December 23, 2015 - Canceled due to Christmas Holiday
January 27, 2016
February 24, 2016
March 23, 2016
April 27, 2016

To participate in the next scheduled meeting, you may RSVP at least 24-hours in advance, via email to Dayna Ferrero - please specify if you will be attending in-person or via telephone conference. A meeting agenda and/or any additional materials (if available) will be provided to all participants via email prior to the meeting and posted online for reference. NOTE: Section meeting dates may be subject to change and/or cancellation.


Nothing at this time.

Meeting Minutes PDF File - Get Acrobat Reader

October 28, 2015
September 23, 2015
February 25, 2015
January 28, 2015
November 19, 2014
October 22, 2014
September 24, 2014
November 14, 2013
October 23, 2013
April 24, 2013

Past CLE Materials PDF File - Get Acrobat Reader

May 27, 2015
Rep. Illana Rubel - 2015 Legislative Session in Review: Environment and Natural Resources

March 26, 2014
Prof. Jerry Long - Teton Creek Restoration

November 14, 2013
Mark Cecchini Beaver, JD, MS - The Columbia River Treaty Past, Present, and Future

March 27, 2013
David J. Beardall - Unintentional Overprotection of GM Plant Intellectual Property

February 27, 2013
Greg Friend - Wind Energy 101 (with some Solar Flair)

November 28, 2012
Don Smurthwaite - Through the Haze: Twelve Basic Questions and Answers about Wildfire

October 24, 2012
Sheryl Musgrove - Sustainability & the Law

September 26, 2012
Nicholas Peak - Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs): CWA Authorities and Revisions to National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) CAFO Rule

June 27, 2012
Kelsey J. Nunez - Greening Your CC&Rs

May 23, 2012
Elizabeth M. Donick - Recent Urban Agriculture Revisions to the Boise City Code & Local Food Musings

October 26, 2011
Eric Christensen - BPA’s Environmental Redispatch – The Wind Hits The Fan

May 27, 2009
Senator Kate Kelly - 2009 Legislative Session Wrap-up

March 18, 2009
Stimulating Idaho’s Infrastructure: The 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act’s Effect on Idaho’s State Revolving Funds

January 14, 2009
Garrick Baxter - The Coeur d'Alene Spokane River Basin Adjudication

September 17, 2008
Robert Wilkosz - State of Idaho’s Carbon Footprint Inventory -What Path is Idaho On

May 28, 2008
Senator Kate Kelly - 2008 Legislative Session Wrap-up

Newsletters PDF File - Get Acrobat Reader

Winter 2010
Fall 2009
Summer-Fall 2009
Spring-Summer 2009

Spring 2009

Winter-Spring 2009
Winter 2008 - 2009
Fall 2008

Legal Resources

Links to Legal Resources


The Environment & Natural Resources Law Section of the Idaho State Bar presents information on this web site as a service to our members and others who provide legal services to or are interested in the fields of environmental and natural resources law. Our goal is to provide information, education and networking in this complex and wide ranging area of the law.

While we strive to be accurate and timely, and therefore hope to be a valuable resource to users of this site, nothing contained herein should be construed as legal advice and we make no warranty or guarantee concerning the accuracy or reliability of the content at this site or the other sites to which we link.

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