Keith Wolf, working with the City’s legal counsel from Preston, Gates and Ellis, conducted a comprehensive assessment of Endangered Species Act liability issues. Keith led members of the City of Yakima in immediate discussions relative to its programs, policies, operations and activities as they related to possible interactions with the ESA and/or other natural resource programs or laws. We conducted a series of “white board” meetings to order to elicit information from select City departments, supervisors, the City Council and Mayor and employees, and evaluated this information in subsequent discussions relative to response priorities and opportunities. We initiated a second phase to begin in August 2001 to initiate a strategic planning and response elements to mitigate for any potential ESA legal issues.