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The Eco-Logical approach organizes current methods for addressing natural resource identification, avoidance, minimization and mitigation into a systematic, step-wise process that starts at the beginning of the transportation planning process and concludes with establishing programmatic approaches to recurring natural resource issues that are implemented at the project level.

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NEW: AASHTO’s latest Practitioner’s Handbook features Implementing Eco-Logical. Download the handbook and view the webinar here.

PlanWorks is a web resource that supports collaborative decision-making during the transportation planning and project development process. It highlights key decision points and common challenges encountered in long-range planning, programming, corridor planning, and environmental review with plans and projects of all scales. The Natural Environment and Implementing Eco-Logical application can help Eco-Logical practitioners implement steps of the Integrated Ecosystem Framework (IEF) and connect the IEF to other steps of the transportation planning and project development process.

Implementing the Eco-Logical Approach

Eco-Logical graphic Step 1: Collaboration Step 2: Eco Status Step 3: Develop REF Step 4: Assess REF Step 5: Prioritize Step 6: Crediting Step 7: Agreements Step 8: Implement Step 9: Update REF

In the graphic above, click each step for useful implementation information including a description of the step, technical information, and examples of agency projects.

Eco-Logical 10-Year Anniversary
and Reaffirmation

2016 marks the 10th anniversary of the release of Eco-Logical: An Ecosystem Approach to Developing Infrastructure Projects. To celebrate this anniversary, the Signatory Agencies have commemorated and re-committed to work that advances the landscape-scale approach through a reaffirmation statement and video. Learn more about the Reaffirmation here.

portion of the Eco-Logical Reaffirmation Timeline


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