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1 Practice: Environmental Process Manual
Categories: Performance Measures/Management
Training & Certification
State: Idaho
Organization: Federal Highway Administration ID Division
Contact: Brent Inghram
Title: Environmental Protection Officer
Email: Brent.Inghram@fhwa.dot.gov
Phone: 208-334-9180
Description: During 2001, the Federal Highway Administration Idaho Division and the Idaho Highway Department (ITD) jointly participated on a quality team to look at the environmental processes in Idaho. As a result of the team's efforts, a draft Environmental Process Manual was developed to define what the requirements and expectations are for environmental documents in Idaho. In July 2009, the Federal Highway Administration Idaho Division and the Idaho Highway Department (ITD) released an update to the ITD Environmental Process Manual (EPM). The EPM defines what requirements and expectations exist for complying with Federal, State, and Local environmental laws and regulations. This July 2009 manual replaces the draft manual which was previously available in hard copy, on the ITD website, and on CD-ROM. The new EPM is available on ITD’s Environmental page. For more information or to view a copy of the EPM, please click on the link in Related Documentation.
Related Documentation: http://wwwcf.fhwa.dot.gov/exit.cfm?link=http://itd.idaho.gov/enviro/
Last Updated: March 11, 2014
2 Practice: The Idaho Highway Wildlife Linkage Wiki
Categories: Environmental (NEPA) Documentation
Environmental Stewardship & Streamlining
Interagency Coordination
Regional Streamlining Agreements and Products
State: Idaho
Organization: Federal Highway Administration ID Division
Contact: Brent Inghram
Title: Environmental Program Manager
Email: brent.inghram@dot.gov
Phone: 208-334-9180 x114
Description: The Idaho Highway Wildlife Linkage Wiki is a collaborative website developed by staff of the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD), Idaho Fish and Game Department (IDFG), and partner organizations that allows access and review of wildlife linkage areas that are adjacent to State and Federal highways. ITD and IDFG collected data for the wiki through a statewide study of wildlife habitat linkage areas for the State highway system. The project team utilized the rapid assessment technique, developed by William Ruediger and others at the United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service in 2003, to collect known and available information. From 2004 to 2008, the project team held a series of workshops throughout Idaho to pool the knowledge of State maintenance workers, IDFG biologists and conservation officers, and non–governmental organizations. The data gathered at these workshops were then plotted and refined using a computer model and wildlife linkage areas were identified. This analysis depicts large-scale areas of wildlife concerns, including species information, known concerns, relative importance and the extent of linkage and sensitive wildlife occurrence areas.

The final results of this data collection and wildlife corridor and transportation mapping are now publicly available at the link provided in related documentation. Users can click on map links to view areas around roadways that have known wildlife concerns. When users select a specific linkage area, data appears including species present in that location, seasonality, wildlife vehicle collision history and habitat data. This information can be used by resource and transportation agency personnel to identify wildlife habitat areas in corridor planning and early project development; this can also determine areas in need of further study.

The Idaho Highway Wildlife Linkage Wiki allows site users to add comments, keeping the site current, and regularly providing new information. Since these sites and database are open to the public, they also present the potential for citizen science and encourage public interest and participation in wildlife issues.
Related Documentation: http://wwwcf.fhwa.dot.gov/exit.cfm?link=http://www.socialtext.net/idahohighwaywildlifelinkage/index.cgi
Last Updated: March 10, 2014
3 Practice: Funded Positions at Resource Agencies
Category: Interagency Coordination
State: Idaho
Organization: Federal Highway Administration ID Division
Contact: Brent Inghram
Title: Environmental Protection Officer
Email: Brent.Inghram@fhwa.dot.gov
Phone: 208-334-9180
Description: The Idaho Transportation Department currently funds three resource agency positions: one with the U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service, one with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and one with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. These positions work only on state and Federal transportation projects. Funding additional positions has helped to streamline the review process and increased the attendance by these agencies at important project meetings.
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