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Eco-Logical: An Ecosystem Approach to
Developing Infrastructure Projects

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Collaborating on Eco-Logical

The Steering Team collaborating on Eco-Logical: An Ecosystem Approach to Developing Infrastructure Projects includes representatives from the Federal Highway Administration, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, NOAA Fisheries Services, National Park Service, the Knik Arm Bridge and Toll Authority, and several State Departments of Transportation (DOT) including North Carolina DOT, Vermont Agency of Transportation, and Washington DOT.

Understanding that the missions of individual agencies are sometimes at odds, the Steering Team developed a shared vision for maintaining the nation's fish and wildlife resources while meeting each agency's unique mission. In October 2002, the Team began drafting the Guide. Participating agencies agreed to work to better understand each other's roles, responsibilities, and processes; share information and data; and, establish wildlife- and aquatic-related priorities. Through this learning process, the Steering Team produced Eco-Logical to document a vision of how infrastructure development decisionmaking can be integrated with conservation, restoration, and protection processes.

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