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Technical assistance activities have and will be offered to agencies implementing Eco-Logical. Please see the list below to review the activities that have and will be conducted.

Programmatic Mitigation Peer Exchange: San Antonio, Texas

Second Strategic Highway Research Program Intro Slide

June 20, 2016

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) facilitated a Second Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP2) Implementing Eco-Logical: Programmatic Mitigation Peer Exchange in San Antonio, Texas on June 20, 2016, at the AASHTO Standing Committee on the Environment meeting.

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.

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Wildlife and Transportation for the Colorado Department of Transportation: Lakewood, Colorado

Photo of the Wildlife and Transportation for the CDOT presentation team

April 26-27, 2016

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) hosted an Eco-Logical workshop for the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) at the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) in Lakewood, Colorado, on April 26-27, 2016. This event 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.

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Advance Wetland Mitigation Needs Workshop: South Carolina DOT (SCDOT)

photo of the Advanced Wetland Mitigation Needs in South Carolina presentation

April 6-7, 2016

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) hosted a workshop with South Carolina DOT (SCDOT) to prepare an action plan to establish an advanced wetland mitigation program.

The main purpose of the workshop was to assist SCDOT in preparing an action plan to establish an advanced wetland mitigation program. In addition, workshop attendees participated in action planning sessions to develop a working draft of SCDOT’s approach.

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Michigan Department of Transportation/Southeast Michigan Council of Governments
Technical Assistance Webinar

screenshot of peer exchange slide with the 9-step Implementing Eco-Logical graphic

November 5, 2015

FHWA and AASHTO hosted an Implementing Eco-Logical webinar with the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG) on November 5, 2015. The webinar served as a “virtual peer exchange” for MDOT and SEMCOG staff to learn from several metropolitan planning organizations (MPO) that currently participate in the SHRP2 Implementing Eco-Logical Implementation Assistance Program (IAP). MDOT and SEMCOG have been coordinating closely on MDOT’s Implementing Eco-Logical Implementation IAP Lead Adopter project. The webinar served as an opportunity for SEMCOG staff to learn about how other MPOs are currently applying the Eco-Logical approach.

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Implementing Eco-Logical Implementation Assistance Program (IAP) Peer Exchange

October 14-15, 2015

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AASHTO and FHWA hosted an Implementing Eco-Logical Implementation Assistance Program (IAP) peer exchange at the U.S. Department of Transportation in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday and Thursday, October 14 and 15, 2015. The peer exchange included sessions for IAP recipients (noted with * below) 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.

Participants included Alabama DOT, Atlanta Regional Commission,* Charlottesville Albemarle MPO,* Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Louisiana DOT, Maine DOT,* Michigan DOT,* Mississippi DOT, North Central Texas COG,* Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional COG,* Tennessee DOT, Wisconsin DOT, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Forest Service, and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

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Eco-Logical at TRB - San Diego
Better Transportation and Environmental Outcomes through Effective Partnerships

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September 22, 2015

AASHTO and FHWA sponsored a session at this year's TRB Environmental Analysis in Transportation Mid-Year Workshop, themed “Better Transportation and Environmental Outcomes through Effective Partnerships.” The session, “Eco-Logical at Work in Long-term Mitigation,” included presentations from Sandra Hertz, Deputy Director, Maryland Department of Transportation, State Highway Administration, on the Watershed Resources Registry (WRR); Travis Miller, Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments, on the Natural Heritage Data (NHD) information systems for OKI's planning area; and Craig Casper and Rich Muzzy, Pikes Peak Area COG, on the development of the Regional Advance Mitigation Plan (RAMP). James Garland, FHWA, provided an overview of Eco-Logical and the SHRP2 program. Keith Greer, San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), and Kim Smith, Caltrans, served as session moderators.

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Eco-Logical Peer Exchange: Establishing a Regional Ecosystem Framework (REF)

July 6, 2015

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AASHTO and FHWA hosted a peer exchange at AASHTO's Conference on 21st Century Mobility for Freight and Passenger Transportation in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Monday, July 6, 2015. The peer exchange was moderated by Kevin Walsh (Massachusetts DOT) and Susan Haupt (Oregon DOT). Guest speakers included Mike O’Malley (Michigan DOT), Kris Gade (Arizona DOT) and Donna Buscemi (Maryland SHA). Participants included environmental practitioners and transportation planners from State DOTs in Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, and Washington. The subject of the peer exchange focused on how to establish a Regional Ecosystem Framework (REF). During the morning session, participants heard from the presenters on their REFs and how they benefitted their projects and overall program. In the afternoon, participants conducted mapping activities to establish their own REF by reviewing the needs of their State and projecting how an Eco-Logical REF could benefit their program.

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Eco-Logical Peer Exchange: Mitigation Approaches for Metropolitan Planning Organizations

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June 2-3, 2015

AASHTO and FHWA facilitated an Implementing Eco-Logical Mitigation Peer Exchange with Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs), held in Arlington, VA, on June 2nd and 3rd, 2015 at the National Highway Institute. The participants were from East-West Gateway Council of Governments, Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG), and SANDAG. Guest speakers included Lauren Diaz and Steven Martin from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and Deblyn Mead from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). MPO participants discussed the status of the status of their regional data, associated mapping tools, and plans to share that information to promote the development of conservation objectives for their region.

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Eco-Logical Technical Assistance Workshop: MaineDOT

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April 1-2, 2015

AASHTO and FHWA facilitated an Eco-Logical workshop with MaineDOT, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the National Marine Fisheries Service, and the Maine Department of Marine Resources in Augusta, Maine, on April 1st and 2nd. The workshop supports MaineDOT's SHRP2 Eco-Logical award and program, and focused on the development of the Programmatic Biological Assessment for Atlantic salmon and draft Mitigation Instrument. The workshop produced an agreed-upon action plan and schedule to complete these documents.

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Eco-Logical Peer Exchange: Mitigation Approaches for State DOTs

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March 11-12, 2015

AASHTO and FHWA hosted a peer exchange on programmatic mitigation with State Departments of Transportation (DOTs) at FHWA Headquarters office in Washington, D.C., on March 11th and 12th. The participants were from California DOT, South Carolina DOT, Colorado DOT, and Florida DOT. Guest speakers included Lauren Diaz from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Deborah Mead from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. DOT participants discussed their State programmatic mitigation needs and exchanged dialogue with other participants to help advance their programs.

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Other Peer Exchanges

Eco-Logical Grant Recipient Peer Exchange for Implementation of the Eco-Logical Approach

GIS Applications in Eco-Logical Grant Projects – Peer Exchange Summary Report

Other Meetings

Webinar Series

Increasing the Use of Wildlife Data in Transportation Plans and Projects across the West Workshop

May 28-29, 2015

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Cidney Bowman, ODOT, talks about U.S. 97 Lava Butte wildlife crossing structures. (Photo courtesy of WGA)

The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife sponsored a workshop on May 28-29, 2015, in Bend, Oregon. The event brought together over 30 State wildlife and transportation professionals to discuss ways to:

  • Integrate state Crucial Habitat Assessment Tools (CHATs) with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Eco-Logical framework.
  • Increase the use of wildlife data in transportation plans and projects in western states.
  • Identify opportunities to use state CHATs and the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) CHAT in transportation planning and projects.

To link the discussions with project examples, ODOT led a field trip to showcase U.S. 97 Lava Butte wildlife crossing structures. A steering committee will use the workshop feedback to finalize an opportunities matrix, report on CHATs and Eco-Logical, and other project deliverables. These products will be available in September 2015.

Participants included 11 state DOTs and 7 state wildlife agencies:

  • State DOTs: Alaska, Arizona, California, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming.
  • State wildlife agencies: Arizona, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, and Washington.

This workshop was held in support of the Western Governors' Association (WGA), Western Transportation Institute, and Center for Large Landscape Conservation effort to increase the use of digital wildlife information by transportation agencies. This effort is funded by the FHWA. In December 2013, WGA launched a regional CHAT, an online system of maps that displays crucial wildlife habitat. In May 2015, WGA transitioned hosting and management of the website to the WAFWA. The tool is now known as the WAFWA CHAT and is online at wafwachat.org.

For more information: Katie Kalinowski, Western Governors' Association, kkalinowski@westgov.org.


 

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