An Ecological Approach to Integrating Conservation and Highway Planning, Volume 1

The two reports and guide produced as part of the second Strategic Highway Research Program's (SHRP 2’s) Capacity Project C06, Integration of Conservation, Highway Planning, and Environmental Permitting Using an Outcome-Based Ecosystem Approach, are 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. This report, An Ecological Approach to Integrating Conservation and Highway Planning, Volume 1, describes the role of federal and state agencies and other stakeholders in the early environmental scanning of additions to highway capacity. It presents the five phases of the research approach, and it identifies incentives, benefits, barriers, and assurance needs associated with early involvement of environmental agencies in highway planning; tools such as banking and programmatic agreements for ensuring that the interests of all parties are met; strategies for commitment tracking; an inventory of assurance methods and the limits of using assurance methods at an ecoscale; and major findings. Early involvement, collaboration, and an ecological approach can lead to better transportation projects and more effective environmental protection.

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    Marie Venner Consulting

    Lakewood, CO  United States  80232

    URS Corporation

    1600 Perimeter Park Drive
    Morrisville, NC  United States  27560

    SEPI Engineering Group, Incorporated



    700 North East Multnomah, Suite 1000
    Portland, OR  United States  97232
  • Publication Date: 2014


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 75p
  • Serial:
    • SHRP 2 Report
    • Issue Number: S2-C06-RW-1
    • Publisher: Transportation Research Board
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    Open Access (libre)

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  • Accession Number: 01493799
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9780309273558
  • Report/Paper Numbers: SHRP 2 Report S2-C06-RW-1
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Sep 23 2013 8:13AM