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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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Print out a Pocket Guide to Eco-Logical to share with your partners.

NEW: Read a case study exploring how the Orange County Transportation Authority engaged state and federal permitting agencies in an innovative approach akin to Eco-Logical to develop mechanisms allowing for advance compensatory mitigation for projects included in the M2 Highway/Freeway Program.

NEW: The Signatory Agencies page showcases the latest resources and updates from the Winter 2022 Eco-Logical interagency meeting.

NEW: The Meetings and Conferences page highlights a panel presentation on how programmatic mitigation planning was applied to transportation projects in Orange County, California given at the 2021 International Conference on Ecology & Transportation.

NEW: The Mojave Desert Tortoise Transportation Ecology Workshop report summarizes key activities, takeaways, and recommendations related to Mojave Desert Tortoise conservation and recovery from the March 2021 workshop.

NEW: The Eco-Logical Video shows how using Eco-Logical can lead to accelerated project delivery, better environmental outcomes, and more!

Implementing the Eco-Logical Approach

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

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.