Environmental Review Toolkit
Water, Wetlands, and Wildlife


Exemplary Ecosystem Initiatives — 2002

  • Colorado — CDOT's Shortgrass Prairie Initiative. This is a public-private partnership agreement to work with landowners and communities on preserving wildlife species and thousands of acres of imperiled shortgrass prairie. The agreement calls for predictions of transportation's impacts on prairie species over the next 20 years—predictions that will enable early avoidance, minimization, and mitigation efforts.
  • Montana — MDOT's US 93 Memorandum of Agreement. This collaborative process with MDOT, FHWA, resource agencies, tribal councils, watershed groups, and local governments focuses on build wildlife crossings and making long-overdue improvements on US 93. In the 2000 Memorandum of Agreement, participating governments agreed to design the new highway as a "visitor" respectful of and responding to the land and Spirit of Place.
  • North Carolina — NCDOT's and NCDENR's Ecosystem Enhancement Program. This initiative launched by NCDOT, and NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources will protect the State's natural resources by assessing, restoring, enhancing, and preserving ecosystem functions. It will safeguard ecosystems at the watershed level, identifying the highest-quality sites for preservation in collaboration with a network of local, regional, and State conservation organizations and compensating for the unavoidable impacts of highway construction on streams and wetlands.
  • Oregon — ODOT's Fish-friendly Maintenance Practices. This is a geographic information system-based inventory of sensitive resources along nearly 6,000 miles of State highway. The resource maps give ODOT roadside maintenance crews an accurate way of making sure mowing, pesticide application, and other activities do not harm listed salmon species and other vital resources.
  • Washington — WSDOT's Watershed-Based Environmental Improvements. This community-based environmental decisionmaking strategy focuses on natural watershed-level goals. The process coordinates and integrates human activities to enable watershed recovery and to prevent further degradation of ecosystems within the watershed basin. This approach allows mitigation funds to be targeted to sites offering the greatest ecological benefits.

Questions and feedback should be directed to Deirdre Remley (deirdre.remley@dot.gov, 202-366-0524).

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