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1 Practice: Endangered Species Memorandum of Agreement (ESA MOA)
Categories: Interagency Agreements: MOAs, MOUs, and Programmatic Agreements
Threatened & Endangered Species
State: Alabama
Organization: Federal Highway Administration AL Division
Contact: Lynn M. Heisler
Title: Environmental Protection Specialist
Email: lynn.heisler@dot.gov
Phone: 334-274-6372
Description: The Federal Highway Administration Alabama Division (FHWA), State of Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT), and US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) developed an agreement in 2013 to help streamline ALDOT projects and activities, which typically result in no adverse effects to threatened or endangered plant and animal species and/or their critical habitats in Alabama. This MOA is intended to define categories of projects and activities that do not require consultation from USFWS, however, does not supersede the responsibilities and obligations of FHWA, ALDOT, and USFWS, which are mandated by the Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act (48 Stat. 401, as amended; 16 U.S.C. 661 et seq.), Endangered Species Act (87 Stat. 884, as amended; 16 U.S.C.1531 et seq.), or related regulations and agency policies. As a result, this MOA constitutes programmatic coordination pursuant to the Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act and a programmatic consultation pursuant to Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act.
Related Documentation: http://www.environment.fhwa.dot.gov/strmlng/pdfs/moa_AL_Dec2013.asp
Last Updated: May 6, 2015
2 Practice: Essential Fish Habitat (EFH) Designation of Non-Federal Representative Letter
Categories: Interagency Agreements: MOAs, MOUs, and Programmatic Agreements
Wildlife and Threatened & Endangered Species
State: Alabama
Organization: Federal Highway Administration ME Division
Contact: Cassandra Chase
Title: Environmental Engineer
Email: Cassandra.Chase@dot.gov
Phone: 207-512-4921
Description: In August 2012, the FHWA Maine Division designated the Maine Department of Transportation as their non-federal representative to conduct EFH consultations for the Federal-Aid Highway Program in Maine.
Last Updated: February 23, 2015
3 Practice: Monthly Reevaluation Consultation Meeting
Categories: Environmental (NEPA) Documentation
Environmental Stewardship & Streamlining
State: Alabama
Organization: Federal Highway Administration AL Division
Contact: Lynn M. Heisler
Title: Environmental Protection Specialist
Email: lynn.heisler@dot.gov
Phone: 334-274-6372
Description: In March 2012, the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Alabama Division finalized a consultation process to streamline the NEPA reevaluation process of Federal-aid transportation projects, per 23 CFR 771.129. The purpose of the reevaluation process is for ALDOT to establish whether or not the approved environmental determination (NEPA document) remains valid, prior to requesting any FHWA action, i.e. Final Design, ROW, CN authorization. Consultation is held at monthly meetings between both agencies on projects ready to advance to next federal action. ALDOT prepares a Reevaluation Checklist of each project that includes: project number, description, history, NEPA document type, approval date, reason for consultation, and major action requested. A Certification Statement is included for ALDOT project manager and FHWA signature based on the consultation and documentation for the referenced project that the original environmental determination remains valid. The focus of this process is strictly on what has changed and what impacts are the results of those changes. Since March 2012, 289 Federal-aid projects have been consulted with 208 projects approved.
Last Updated: March 11, 2014
4 Practice: Funding of a Dedicated Transportation Project Review at the State Historic Preservation Officer's Office
Categories: Historic
Interagency Coordination
Mitigation
Performance Measures/Management
State: Alabama
Organization: Federal Highway Administration AL Division
Contact: Lynne Urquhart
Title: Environmental Engineer
Email: lynne.urquhart@dot.gov
Phone: 334-274-6371
Description: To aid with the Alabama State Historic Preservation Officer's (SHPO) backlog of projects, the Alabama State Department of Transportation (ALDOT) began funding a National Historic Preservation Act Section 106 coordinator position. The Section 106 coordinator is committed to reviewing transportation projects and deals with both ALDOT's Transportation Enhancement Program and routine Federal-aid projects. Funding a Section 106 coordinator has saved time and avoided delays in developing transportation projects while better protecting historic resources. In addition, ALDOT has established a better working relationship with the SHPO, resulting in improved coordination and timely agreements on projects with historic impacts. The Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA) of 1991 created the Transportation Enhancement Program, which provides Federal funds for innovative transportation enhancements, including revitalization of local and regional economies by restoring historic buildings, renovating streetscapes, or providing transportation museums and visitors centers. Historic restoration became a major part of the Transportation Enhancement Program in Alabama, requiring improved coordination with the SHPO. In addition to the funded coordinator position, FHWA, ALDOT, and the Alabama Historic Commission have a Memorandum of Understanding in place to expedite the review of the effects of bridge replacements on historic resources.
Last Updated: March 11, 2014
5 Practice: Gopher Tortoise Conservation Area Developed for Current and Future Projects
Categories: Habitat/Ecosystem Connectivity & Conservation
Interagency Agreements: MOAs, MOUs, and Programmatic Agreements
Roadside Vegetation & Invasive Species
Threatened & Endangered Species
Wildlife and Threatened & Endangered Species
State: Alabama
Organization: Federal Highway Administration AL Division
Contact: Lynn M. Heisler
Title: Environmental Protection Specialist
Email: lynn.heisler@dot.gov
Phone: 334-274-6372
Description: In January 2003, the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT), the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Alabama Division, and the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) finalized a plan to protect habitat for the threatened gopher tortoise in southwest Alabama. Gopher tortoise habitat is currently being impacted by a number of proposed highway projects and by encroaching development. Rather than dealing with the gopher tortoise on a project-by-project basis, ALDOT acquired more than 600 acres for a gopher tortoise conservation bank. Conservation banking will allow ALDOT to protect the large and viable habitat needed to support a thriving gopher tortoise population. FWS has reviewed and approved the site, and ALDOT, FHWA, and FWS developed a plan to enhance the area as a long leaf pine habitat. In addition, the three agencies have developed and agreed to maintenance procedures, including the control and eradication of exotic species like Cogon grass and fire ants, and to criteria for the capture, testing, release, and monitoring of the species.
Last Updated: March 10, 2014
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