An Ecological Approach to Integrating Conservation and Highway Planning, Volume 2

Title: An Ecological Approach to Integrating Conservation and Highway Planning, Volume 2
Author: TRB
Publication Date: 2012
Dewey Decimal Number: 639.9
Call Record: DIGITAL      639.9  TRB  2012  v2

Title:

An Ecological Approach to Integrating Conservation and Highway Planning, Volume 2
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01444761

Record Type:

Monograph

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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. The report provides technical background on cumulative effects assessment, ecological accounting strategies, ecosystems services, and partnership strategies, along with a summary of the available ecological tools that are most applicable to this type of work. The appendices document three pilot projects that tested the approach during the research.

Report/Paper Numbers:

SHRP 2 Report S2-C06-RW-2

Language:

English

Pagination:

163p

Publication Date:

2012

Serial:

SHRP 2 Report

Issue Number: S2-C06-RW-2
Publisher: Transportation Research Board

ISBN:

9780309129251

Media Type:

Web

Features:

Appendices; Figures; Maps; Photos; References; Tables

Subject Areas:

Environment; Highways; Planning and Forecasting; I15: Environment; I21: Planning of Transport Infrastructure
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