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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: A Novel Approach to Establish Programmatic Advance Mitigation for the M2 Program Transportation Projects case study showcases how agencies collaborated to provide advance compensatory mitigation and accelerated project approvals.

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

NEW: The The Year Two Snapshot: MaineDOT Atlantic Salmon Programmatic Consultation showcases the results of an their programmatic biological consultation.

NEW: The Implementing Eco-Logical Can Improve Infrastructure Resilience to Extreme Weather document connects the Eco-Logical approach to infrastructure resilience to extreme weather, showing how Eco-Logical can be used to identify conservation or restoration opportunities.

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.