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1 Practice: US 6 Wildlife Coordination Committee
Categories: Collaborative Problem Solving/Conflict Resolution
Environmental Stewardship & Streamlining
Habitat/Ecosystem Connectivity & Conservation
Interagency Coordination
Wildlife and Threatened & Endangered Species
State: Utah
Organization: Utah Department of Transportation
Contact: Rebecka Stromness
Title: Environmental Division
Email: rstromness@utah.gov
Description: In 2005, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) approved the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for 127 miles of planned roadway improvements along US 6. Improvements to US 6 are planned to occur over a 20-year period as funding becomes available for individual roadway projects. Wildlife mitigation efforts will occur project by project until the entire corridor is completed. To help develop these mitigation measures on a project-level basis, a Wildlife Coordination Committee (the Committee) was established. The Committee is able to keep a broad perspective of the entire US 6 corridor while developing individual project mitigation to benefit the ecosystem as a whole.

The Committee comprises individuals from FHWA, UDOT, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (UDWR), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Uinta National Forest Service (USFS), and Utah State University (USU). The Committee fosters information sharing and collaboration. It is also charged with the efficient administration of funds set aside for impacts to biological resources.

Since 2005, the Committee has accomplished several wildlife mitigation efforts along the US 6 corridor. They have worked to explore wildlife mitigation options; developed mitigation proposals; and determined the priority of and locations for wildlife crossings, fencing, and escape ramps. As a result of their efforts, there are eight implemented projects that address wildlife needs at a large scale to accommodate habitat linkages and migrations. Collaboration between the participating agencies, as encouraged by the Committee, continues on other unrelated projects.

In 2008, UDOT funded a research project with USU to determine the most effective wildlife crossing structures. This research provides the Committee with the ability to base its decisions on scientific data. In coordination with the Committee, UDOT continues to update standard drawings for escape ramps and wildlife fencing.

The Committee continues to be a successful partner in providing input for the roadway projects along US 6. Scientific research and the installation of new wildlife crossings have resulted in fewer vehicle-wildlife collisions. The Committee is also gaining additional support from wildlife organizations.
Last Updated: March 10, 2014
2 Practice: Strategies and Approaches for Effectively Moving Complex Environmental Documents through the EIS Process: A Peer Exchange Report
Categories: Collaborative Problem Solving/Conflict Resolution
Environmental (NEPA) Documentation
Environmental Stewardship & Streamlining
Interagency Coordination
Public Involvement
State: Utah
Organization: Utah Department of Transportation
Contact: Teri Anne Newell
Title: Project Manager
Email: tnewell@utah.gov
Phone: (801) 685-2917
Description: In September of 2008, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and FHWA Florida Division Office organized a peer exchange to share strategies and approaches for effectively moving complex and/o ...[click for more]
Last Updated: March 10, 2014
3 Practice: Prefabricated Bridge Elements and Systems in Utah's Pioneer Crossing Bridge
Category: Environmental Stewardship & Streamlining
State: Utah
Organization: Federal Highway Administration, Utah Division
Contact: Russel Robertson
Title: Project Delivery Team Leader
Email: Russel.Robertson@fhwa.dot.gov
Phone: (801)-955-3512
Description: The Pioneer Crossing Bridge along I-15 in Utah utilizes prefabricated bridge elements and systems (PBES), which offers major time savings, cost savings, safety advantages, and convenience for traveler ...[click for more]
Related Documentation: http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/everydaycounts/technology/bridges/casestudies.cfm
Last Updated: December 17, 2012
4 Practice: RoadVeg
Category: GIS and Spatial Data
State: Utah
Organization: Utah Department of Transportation
Contact: Ira Bickford
Email: ibickford@utah.gov
Phone: 801-965-4119
Description: UDOT has included invasive species in its decision-making process mandated by the National Environmental Policy Act. The agency has documented potential environmental impacts and listed appropriate be ...[click for more]
Related Documentation: http://www.udot.utah.gov/index.php/m=c/tid=271
Last Updated: March 30, 2007
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