Eco-Logical: An Ecosystem Approach to Developing Infrastructure Projects

Title: Eco-Logical: An Ecosystem Approach to Developing Infrastructure Projects
Author: Brown, Janice W
Publication Date: 2006
Dewey Decimal Number: 363.7
Call Record: 363.7  Brown  2006


Eco-Logical: An Ecosystem Approach to Developing Infrastructure Projects
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Sometimes the development of infrastructure can negatively impact habitat and ecosystems. Ways to better avoid, minimize, and mitigate these impacts, as well as the impacts of past infrastructure projects, have been developed. Nevertheless, these avoidance, minimization, and mitigation efforts may not always provide the greatest environmental benefit, or may do very little to promote ecosystem sustainability. This concern, along with a 1995 Memorandum of Understanding to foster an ecosystem approach and the Enlibra Principles, brought together an interagency team to collaborate on writing this report. The report is a guide to making infrastructure more sensitive to wildlife and ecosystems through greater interagency cooperative conservation. It describes ways for streamlining the processes that advance approvals for infrastructure projects – in compliance with applicable laws – while maintaining safety, environmental health, and effective public involvement. As a way to accomplish this, the guide outlines an approach for the comprehensive management of land, water, and biotic and abiotic resources that equitably promotes conservation and sustainable use. Key components of the approach include integrated planning, the exploration of a variety of mitigation options, and performance measurement.

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A Steering Team spent nearly three years developing this document. The Steering Team was comprised of representatives from the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Federal Highway Administration, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries Service, National Park Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Volpe National Transportation Systems Center, Knik Arm Bridge and Toll Authority, and several State Departments of Transportation.

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Volpe National Transportation Systems Center

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Federal Highway Administration

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Brown, Janice W



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Final Report

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October 2002-April 2006

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Appendices (4) ; Glossary; Maps; Photos

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Construction; Design; Energy; Environment; Highways; Planning and Forecasting; Policy; I15: Environment; I21: Planning of Transport Infrastructure