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Below is a list of Eco-Logical resource topics. View a topic’s resources by clicking its plus sign.

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Eco-Logical 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.

Eco-Logical 10th Anniversary Video
In 2006, eight Federal agencies signed Eco-Logical, affirming their commitment to prioritize collaborative infrastructure and conservation planning at the landscape-scale. For Eco-Logical’s ten year anniversary, the agencies created a video to help continue the shift from Eco-Logical as a principle to a standard way that business is done.

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AASHTO Practitioner’s Handbook
This handbook introduces transportation practitioners step-by-step to the Eco-Logical approach. The handbook, part of the AASHTO Practitioner’s Handbook series, covers issues like engaging partners, adopting an ecological framework for planning, and establishing programmatic agreements.

A Pocket Guide to the Eco-Logical Approach
The Pocket Guide provides basic information relating to the Eco-Logical approach, including what it is, how it works, and who is implementing Eco-Logical across the country. The printer friendly version is convenient to share with anyone who needs a quick introduction to Eco-Logical.

Eco-Logical Website Overview Webinar
The webinar held in February 2015 covers four main topic areas: (1) What is Eco-Logical, (2) Implementing Eco-Logical, (3) Integrated Eco-Logical Framework, and (4) Frequently Asked Questions. Michigan DOT also presented on how the Eco-Logical website can be used as a resource in implementing an Eco-Logical project.

AASHTO Annual Meeting Brochure
The AASHTO brochure describes challenges facing several State DOTs and how they have implemented Eco-Logical to maximize environmental outcomes and streamline transportation projects.

Eco-Logical Fact Sheet
The SHRP2 fact sheet briefly describes the Implementing Eco-Logical research product and how it can be used to improve environmental outcomes. It also describes how Eco-Logical can minimize the time and costs associated with planning regulatory decisionmaking.

Webinar Series
Eco-Logical webinars serve as valuable resources in fostering cooperative learning opportunities. This page contains webinars dating from 2010 to the present. Topics range from individual steps of the integrated process to using Eco-Logical in performance-based planning.

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Example of Implementing Eco-Logical Steps 1-4
This case study demonstrates how the Charlottesville Albemarle Metropolitan Planning Organization (CA-MPO) and its parent organization, the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission (TJPDC), implemented steps 1-4 of the nine-step Integrated Ecological Framework in the Charlottesville, Virginia area.

Example of Implementing Eco-Logical Steps 5-6
This case study describes how the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality’s (NCDEQ) mitigation program exemplifies many of the principles of Eco-Logical. NCDEQ delivers compensatory wetland, stream, and riparian buffer mitigation for transportation projects, reducing project delays and costs associated with mitigation.

Example of Implementing Eco-Logical Steps 7-9
This case study demonstrates how the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) implemented steps 7-9 of the nine-step Integrated Ecological Framework. CDOT used the Eco-Logical approach to guide mitigation projects and wildlife connectivity along the 144-mile Interstate 70 Mountain Corridor in Colorado.

MaineDOT Atlantic Salmon Programmatic Consultation & In-Lieu Fee Program
This case study describes how FHWA and Maine Department of Transportation (MaineDOT) developed a programmatic Endangered Species Act consultation and in-lieu fee program for the federally listed endangered Atlantic salmon, incorporating many concepts from the Eco-Logical approach.

Eco-Logical SHRP2 Solutions in Action
This brochure provides an overview of the Eco-Logical approach, including examples from the field on how State Departments of Transportation (DOTs) and Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) benefit from using the Eco-Logical approach, and a list of available resources to guide implementation.

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Programmatic Mitigation Peer Exchange: San Antonio, Texas
This programmatic mitigation peer exchange brought together transportation professionals from across the country to discuss and share their experiences developing and managing programmatic agreements for their agencies. Presentations included a SHRP2 overview, benefits of programmatic mitigation, practitioner presentations, and a panel discussion.

Wildlife and Transportation for the Colorado Department of Transportation
This workshop hosted scientists, engineers, and NEPA practitioners from all 5 regions of CDOT and focused on wildlife and transportation, specifically wildlife crossings. Presentations included topics on impacts to wildlife, wildlife crossing design options, planning and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) considerations, as well as the importance of agency partnerships and adaptive management activities post construction.

Advance Wetland Mitigation Needs in South Carolina
The purpose of this workshop was to assist SCDOT in preparing an action plan to establish an advanced wetland mitigation program. Participants reviewed the current status of the mitigation program in South Carolina, data resource needs, and drafted steps required for an SCDOT advance mitigation program. Invited speakers (Peer Agency Panel) shared information about their mitigation programs and provided suggestions to SCDOT. In addition, workshop attendees participated in action planning sessions to develop a working draft of SCDOT’s approach.

Michigan Department of Transportation/Southeast Michigan Council of Governments Technical Assistance Webinar
This “virtual peer exchange” included presentations from 4 peer agencies about other Eco-Logical Implementation Assistance Program (IAP) projects. Presentations focused on data, relationships between MPOs and State DOTs, performance measurement, and mitigation opportunities. This was requested as part of on-call technical assistance offered by the Second Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP2) Implementing Eco-Logical Program.

Implementing Eco-Logical Implementation Assistance Program (IAP) Peer Exchange
This peer exchange included sessions for IAP recipients to share accomplishments and lessons learned from their projects. Additional sessions included facilitated discussions on the Future of Eco-Logical, Integrating Eco-Logical into Transportation Planning Activities, Transforming Eco-Logical into “Business as Usual,” and Lessons Learned, Benefits, and Best Practices of Applying the Steps of Eco-Logical.

Eco-Logical at ADC 10 Meeting
AASHTO and FHWA sponsored a session at the 2015 Environmental Analysis in Transportation Summer Workshop on September 20-23, 2015 in San Diego, California. The workshop theme was “Better Transportation and Environmental Outcomes through Effective Partnerships.” Presenters provided information about Eco-Logical tools and initiatives developed by representatives from presenting agencies.

Eco-Logical Peer Exchange: Establishing a Regional Ecosystem Framework (REF)
This peer exchange focused on Step 3 of the Eco-Logical Approach: How to Establish a REF. Participants heard from the presenters on their REFs and how they benefitted their projects and overall program. Participants also conducted mapping activities to establish their own REF.

Eco-Logical Mitigation Peer Exchange for Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs)
This mitigation peer exchange focused on programmatic mitigation for MPOs. Each participant explained the current status and goals of their mitigation program. Subject matter experts from USACE and USFWS explained mitigation approach options appropriate at the regional scale and provided information to answer participant questions.

Eco-Logical Technical Assistance Workshop for MaineDOT and Partners
This workshop supported MaineDOT’s SHRP2 Implementation Assistance Program funding project and focused on the development of the Programmatic Biological Assessment for Atlantic salmon and draft Mitigation Instrument. The workshop produced an action plan and schedule to complete these documents.

Eco-Logical Programmatic Mitigation Peer Exchange with State DOTs
AASHTO and FHWA hosted this peer exchange on programmatic mitigation for State Departments of Transportation (DOTs). Participants discussed their State programmatic mitigation needs and exchanged dialogue with other participants to help advance their programs.

Increasing the Use of Wildlife Data in Transportation Plans and Projects Across the West Workshop
The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife sponsored a workshop to discuss ways to integrate State Crucial Habitat Assessment Tools (CHATs) with the Eco-Logical framework, increase the use of wildlife data in transportation plans and projects in western States, and identify opportunities to use State CHATs in transportation planning and projects.

Eco-Logical Grant Recipient Peer Exchange for Implementation of the Eco-Logical Approach
This peer exchange convened recipients of FHWA Eco-Logical grants whose projects achieved noteworthy accomplishments during the initial grant period and who demonstrated potential to replicate components of their project, promote further adoption of Eco-Logical by partner agencies, or test additional components of the Eco-Logical approach. The purpose was to better understand effective and replicable implementation strategies, document the next steps of the targeted grant recipients’ projects, and determine specific funding needs of grant recipients to further implement the Eco-Logical approach.

GIS Applications in Eco-Logical Grant Projects – Peer Exchange Summary Report
The purpose of the peer exchange was to allow grant recipients the opportunity to share information on and learn about the various GIS activities implemented with support from FWHA’s first Eco-Logical grant cycle. Participants also discussed lessons learned and challenges. This report summarizes the presentations given and ensuing discussions.

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Eco-Logical at 2015 Meetings
This page documents sessions and presentations related to the Eco-Logical approach that have been given at various meetings and conferences.

AASHTO 2014 SCOE Meeting Presentations
This page documents presentations related to the Eco-Logical approach that were given at the 2014 Standing Committee on the Environment Meeting.

AASHTO 2013 Annual Meeting Presentations
This page documents presentations related to the Eco-Logical approach that were given at the 2013 AASHTO Annual Meeting.

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Eco-Logical: An Ecosystem Approach to Developing Infrastructure Projects
This is the original document from 2006 outlining the Eco-Logical approach. Developed by a team of representatives from eight Federal agencies and the Departments of Transportation for four States, it describes ways to make more efficient and effective the governmental processes needed to advance infrastructure projects—in compliance with applicable laws—while maintaining safety, environmental health, and effective public involvement.

Implementing Ecosystem Crediting
This report describes in detail Step 6 of the Eco-Logical Approach: Crediting System Implementation. The goal of this project was to develop a strategy to help Department of Transportation and metropolitan planning organization staff through the process of creating or expanding Ecosystem Crediting Systems, leading to better mitigation and restoration outcomes, and thus, better social, economic, and environmental outcomes across the U.S.

Annual Reports – Eco-Logical Successes
This page provides links to all of the Annual Reports from year 2009 to 2016 along with the four editions of Eco-Logical Successes, a document that overviews each signatory agency’s strategic environmental programs, projects, and efforts that are related to or share the vision of Eco-Logical.

Evaluating Montana’s ITEEM: Successes and Lessons for Eco-Logical
This report describes lessons learned from the Integrated Transportation and Ecological Enhancements for Montana (ITEEM) program and aligns these lessons with activities and outcomes from the FHWA Eco-Logical program. The assessment is intended to provide infrastructure and regulatory agencies with ideas on how to utilize the successes of ITEEM and Eco-Logical in order to identify and address the greatest conservation needs while moving forward with needed infrastructure construction and improvements.

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An Ecological Approach to Integrating Conservation and Highway Planning, Volume 1
The SHRP2 report describes the role of Federal and State agencies and other stakeholders in the early environmental scanning of additions to highway capacity. It presents the five phases of the research approach, and it identifies incentives, benefits, barriers, and assurance needs associated with early involvement of environmental agencies in highway planning.

An Ecological Approach to Integrating Conservation and Highway Planning, Volume 2
The SHRP2 report provides technical background on cumulative effects assessment, ecological accounting strategies, ecosystems services, and partnership strategies, along with a summary of the available ecological tools that are most applicable to this type of work. The appendices document three pilot projects that tested the Eco-Logical approach during the SHRP2 research.

Practitioner’s Guide to the Integrated Ecological Framework, Volume 3
The Practitioner’s Guide to the Integrated Ecological Framework is intended to help transportation and environmental professionals apply ecological principles early in the planning and programming process of highway capacity improvements to inform later environmental reviews and permitting. This document was produced as part of the SHRP2 research.

Manager’s Guide to the Integrated Ecological Framework, Volume 4
This Manager’s Guide, a condensed version of the Practitioner’s Guide, presents the basics of the major steps, with some revisions based on four pilot tests of the Integrated Ecological Framework conducted through SHRP2 research.

Integrated Eco-Logical Framework Outreach Project
This SHRP2 Outreach Project Final Report documents outreach activities in support of all the C06 projects and the C21 pilot projects. The Integrated Ecological Framework was developed as a technical guide to provide a step-by-step process for implementing the Eco-Logical approach.

Expedited Planning and Environmental Review of Highway Projects
This SHRP2 report will be of interest to practitioners who are expediting the delivery of transportation projects in the areas of long-range planning, corridor planning, programming, and environmental review. It describes constraints on expediting project delivery and useful strategies for achieving expedited delivery.

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Maryland – Watershed Resources Registry
The Watershed Resources Registry is an interactive mapping tool used to characterize and prioritize natural resource management opportunities. Areas across Maryland have been scored on a scale of one to five stars based on their potential benefits for restoration or preservation. Users can either access the interactive mapping tool or download the data directly.

Washington DOT – I-90 Wildlife Bridges
This page details the I-90 Corridor project in Washington. Phase 1 and Phase 2A are currently under construction, and to be completed by 2019. Phase 1 includes two wildlife underpasses and Phase 2A includes the construction of the first wildlife overpass at Price and Noble Creeks.

Arizona DOT – Wildlife Linkages
This page contains Arizona’s Wildlife Linkages Assessment document. The assessment document and map are the initial efforts to identify potential linkage zones that are important to Arizona’s wildlife and natural ecosystems. This nonbinding document serves as an informational resource to planners and engineers, providing suggestions for the incorporation of these linkage zones into their management planning to address wildlife connectivity at an early stage of the process.

Vermont DOT – Staying Connected
The Staying Connected Initiative (SCI) seeks to conserve, restore, and enhance landscape connectivity across the Northern Appalachian/Acadian region of the U.S. and Canada for the benefit of nature and people.

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Planning and Environment Linkages (PEL)
Planning and Environment Linkages (PEL) represents a collaborative and integrated approach to transportation decisionmaking that 1) considers environmental, community, and economic goals early in the transportation planning process, and 2) uses the information, analysis, and products developed during planning to inform the environmental review process.

Transportation Planning Capacity Building
The Transportation Planning Capacity Building (TPCB) Program is designed to help decisionmakers, transportation officials, and staff resolve the increasingly complex issues they face when addressing transportation needs in their communities. This comprehensive program for training, technical assistance, and support targets State, local, regional, and Tribal governments, transit operators, and community leaders.

FHWA and Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS)
This application assists regions and communities in reaching their transportation goals by encouraging the consideration of land use, transportation, and infrastructure needs in an integrated manner. When transportation planning reflects community input and takes into consideration the impacts on both natural and human environments, it also promotes partnerships that lead to “balanced” decisionmaking.

Flexibility in Highway Design
This Guide is about designing highways that incorporate community values and are safe, efficient, effective mechanisms for the movement of people and goods. It is written for highway engineers and project managers who want to learn more about the flexibility available to them when designing roads and illustrates successful approaches used in other highway projects. It can also be used by citizens who want to gain a better understanding of the highway design process.

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