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Accession Number PB2013-100459
Title Ecological Approach to Integrating Conservation and Highway Planning. Volume 2.
Publication Date 2012
Media Count 163p
Personal Author N/A
Abstract This report is intended to help transportation and environmental professionals apply ecological principles early in the planning and programming process of highway capacity improvements to inform later environmental reviews and permitting. Ecological principles consider cumulative landscape, water resources, and habitat impacts of planned infrastructure actions, as well as the localized impacts. The report introduces the Integrated Ecological Framework (Framework or IEF), a nine-step process for use in early stages of highway planning when there are greater opportunities for avoiding or minimizing potential environmental impacts and for planning future mitigation strategies. Success requires some level of agreement among stakeholders about prioritization of resources for preservation or restoration. This implies long range environmental planning as a companion to long range transportation planning so that there is a basis and methodology for prioritization. This report provides a structured collaborative way to approach these issues. It does not address environmental mitigation and permitting actions required by current law or regulation.
Keywords Ecological surveys
Environmental impacts
Habitat
Highway planning
Landscaping
Methodology
Natural resource conservation
Priorities
Transportation planning
Water resources


 
Source Agency National Academy of Science Transportation Research Board
NTIS Subject Category 57H - Ecology
85H - Road Transportation
91B - Transportation & Traffic Planning
43G - Transportation
50A - Highway Engineering
Corporate Author Strategic Highway Research Program, Washington, DC.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note N/A
NTIS Issue Number 1303
Contract Number N/A

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