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Eco-Logical

Webinar Series

Eco-Logical webinars serve as valuable resources in fostering cooperative learning opportunities. Upcoming Eco-Logical webinars will focus on implementing each step in the Integrated Ecological Framework, a tool designed to help transportation and resource agencies work together to integrate transportation and ecological decision making.

If you have suggestions for future webinar topics, please contact Mike Ruth at 202-366-9509 or Haley Peckett at 617-494-2273.

Eco-Logical Webinars

January 2014 – Step 7 of the Integrated Ecological Framework (IEF): Developing Programmatic Agreements and Consultations): This webinar presented experiences and insights from agencies that have implemented programmatic agreements and consultations, Step 7 of the Integrated Eco-Logical Framework, and a key strategy for implementing the overall Eco-Logical approach. These agreements enhance and streamline compliance with Federal environmental rules in the project development process. Federal and State partners presented on the Oregon Endangered Species Act programmatic consultation, and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet presented on their programmatic agreement with the US Army Corps of Engineers.

  • Cindy Callahan, Federal Highway Administration
  • Marc Liverman, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries Service
  • John Raasch, Oregon DOT
  • Danny Peake, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

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October 2013 – Step 5 of the Integrated Ecological Framework (IEF): Establish and Prioritize Ecological Actions: This webinar detailed Step 5 of the Integrated Ecological Framework and Eco-Logical Approach (Establish and Prioritize Eco-Logical Actions), where transportation agencies and their partners move from coordination and data sharing to identifying the most important potential sites for mitigation or other ecological action. Speakers from Arizona described the prioritization of wildlife habitat and linkages statewide and how, drawing from this effort, Pima County, AZ created, funded, and implemented a regional strategy for reconnecting habitat across transportation corridors. The webinar featured the following presenters:

  • Norris Dodd, Arizona DOT
  • Carolyn Campbell, Coalition for Sonoran Desert Protection

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August 2013 – Step 6 of the Integrated Ecological Framework (IEF): Developing a Crediting Strategy: This webinar presented current research, strategies, and resources for creating an ecological crediting system as part of Step 6 of the Integrated Eco-Logical Framework (Developing a Crediting Strategy). The lead author of the recent white paper from the Institute for Natural Resources presented on his research and how crediting can fit into a wider Eco-Logical approach. The Executive Director of the Willamette Partnership also discussed his organization's implementation of crediting systems and resources it has made available for transportation and resources agencies. The webinar featured the following presenters:

  • Jimmy Kagan, Institute for Natural Resources
  • Bobby Cochran, Willamette Partnership

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May 2013 – Step 4 of the Integrated Ecological Framework (IEF): Assessing Effects on Conservation Objectives: This webinar provided a detailed overview of Step 4 in the Integrated Ecological Framework (assessing the potential effects of transportation projects upon natural resources). The leader of the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments' (SEMCOG) Plan and Policy Group presented their process for mapping natural resources and transportation projects and using this data for early transportation planning. The webinar featured the following presenters:

  • Spencer Stevens, FHWA Office of Planning
  • Amy Mangus, SEMCOG

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March 2013 – Implementing Eco-Logical Panel: This webinar provided a question-and-answer forum for the implementation assistance funding opportunities offered through the Second Strategic Highway Research Program. Gary Jensen and Marlys Osterhues of FHWA Office of Project Development and Environmental Review provided an overview of the Lead Adopter and User Incentive funding. Panelists from FHWA, California Department of Transportation, West Virginia Department of Transportation, Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission, and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials answered questions about their funding and about their experience with the Eco-Logical program and the Integrated Ecosystem Framework.

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January 2013 – Step 3 of the Integrated Ecological Framework (IEF): Creating a Regional Ecosystem Framework: This webinar provided a detailed overview of Step 3 in the Integrated Ecological Framework (How to create a Regional Ecosystem Framework). A representative from the Florida Department of Transportation presented their Efficient Transportation Decision Making Tool and discussed insights for other agencies seeking to develop a Regional Ecosystem Framework. The webinar featured the following presenters:

  • Bill Ostrum, FHWA Office of Project Development and Environmental Review
  • Peter McGilvray, Florida Department of Transportation

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December 2012 – Step 2 of the Integrated Ecological Framework (IEF): Integrating Natural Resource, Transportation, and Land Use Plans: This webinar provided a detailed overview of Step 2 in the Integrated Ecological Framework (How to integrate natural resource, transportation, and land use plans). Representatives from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the State of Maine shared important lessons on integrating plans to identify opportunities for transportation improvements that minimize impacts on critical habitats. The webinar included the following presenters:

  • Mark Sarmiento, FHWA Office of Planning
  • Steve Walker, Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife
  • Judy C. Gates, MaineDOT Environmental Office

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October 2012 – Step 1 of the Integrated Ecological Framework (IEF): How to Build and Strengthen Collaborative Partnerships: This webinar provided a detailed overview of Step 1 in the Integrated Ecological Framework (How to Build and Strengthen Collaborative Partnerships). Representatives from North Carolina's Departments of Transportation, and Environment and Natural Resources presented best practices and strategies from their Interagency Leadership Team, and related programs and products. The webinar included the following presenters:

  • John Sullivan, FHWA North Carolina Division
  • Debbie Barbour, North Carolina Department of Transportation
  • John Dorney, Atkins North America
  • Periann Russell, North Carolina Division of Water Quality

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July 2012 – Green Infrastructure and Transportation Planning to Improve Environmental Outcomes: The webinar provided best practices for how transportation projects can be used to improve green infrastructure networks and connectivity as well as how established green infrastructure can help to streamline the transportation planning process. The webinar included the following topics and presenters:

  • Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) introduction of green infrastructure in transportation projects and its relationship to Eco-Logical (Mike Ruth, FHWA Office of Project Development and Environmental Review)
  • Chicago Wilderness Green Infrastructure Vision (Jesse Elam, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning [CMAP])
  • Land-of-Sky Regional Council's (located in Western North Carolina) Eco-Logical grant project to develop a Green Infrastructure Framework (Linda Giltz, Land-of-Sky Regional Council)
  • Maryland Watershed Resources Registry (WRR) (Ralph Spagnolo, Environmental Protection Agency [EPA], Region 3)

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May 2012 – Regional Ecosystem Frameworks (REFs): Illustrations on the Use of REFs at Multiple Scales: The webinar presented participants with best practices for establishing REFs at the local, State, and National levels. Discussion also compared the benefits of REFs at the different scales and illustrated how REFs can contribute to transportation planning with better environmental outcomes. The webinar included the following topics and presenters:

  • Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Introduction of the Webinar and Overview of REFs as Part of the Eco-Logical Approach (Mike Ruth, FHWA Office of Project Development and Environmental Review)
  • The Bureau of Land Management's (BLM's) Landscape Approach and Eco-Logical (Karen Prentice, BLM)
  • Oregon's Willamette Basin and Statewide Regional Ecoregional Framework (Jimmy Kagan, Institute for Natural Resources - Portland and Oregon Biodiversity Information Center)
  • Eco-Logical - An Interactive Decisionmaking Tool for Long-Range Transportation Planning (Amy Boyers, Houston-Galveston Area Council)
  • Introduction to FHWA's Transportation Liaison Community of Practice Website (Mike Ruth, FHWA Office of Project Development and Environmental Review))

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April 2012 – The Eco-Logical Approach in Action: Implementation Updates from Eco-Logical Grant Recipients: The webinar provided an overview of the Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA's) Eco-Logical Grant Program and key findings from the FHWA 2011 Eco-Logical Grant Program annual report. Presenters from the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission (TJPDC) and the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) provided examples and lessons learned from implementing the Eco-Logical approach as part of their respective grant projects. The webinar included the following topics and presenters:

  • Introduction and Overview of Findings in Eco-Logical Implementation (Michael Lamprecht, FHWA Office of Project Development and Environmental Review)
  • Integrating Green Infrastructure and Regional Transportation Planning (Steve Williams, TJPDC)
  • The Cermak/Blue Island Sustainable Streetscape (David Leopold, CDOT)

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February 2012 – Western Governors' Association (WGA) Crucial Habitat Assessment Tool (CHAT): A Collaborative and Networked Approach for Transportation Projects: Presenters discussed the development and application of CHAT, a tool created by the Western Governors' Wildlife Council (WGWC) for data development purposes, prioritization of crucial habitats, and as a public planning tool. The webinar highlighted the benefits and opportunities of multi-State ecological collaboration, which is part of the Eco-Logical approach to planning. The webinar included the following topics and presenters:

  • Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Introduction and Relationship to Western Governors' Association (Mike Ruth, FHWA Office of Project Development and Environmental Review)
  • Introduction of WGA/WGWC and CHAT (Madeleine West, WGA)
  • Benefits of CHAT (Gregg Servheen, Idaho Department of Fish and Game)
  • Initial Applications of CHAT to Utah Transportation Planning (Carmen Bailey, Utah Department of Wildlife Resources)
  • Case Studies of CHAT's Use and Benefits in Washington (Audrey Hatch, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife)

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January 2012 – Innovative Eco-Logical Research: Highlights of the Upcoming Transportation Research Board (TRB) Annual Meeting: Speakers presented on applications of Eco-Logical in environmental and transportation research, strategies, and tools featured at the TRB Annual Meeting in January 2012. Presenters included:

  • Introduction of TRB and Relation to FHWA Eco-Logical Activities (Mary Gray, FHWA Office of Project Development and Environmental Review)
  • Online Information Systems and Data Tools for Eco-Logical Decision-making (Todd Lickfett, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)
  • A Quantitative Decision-making Framework for Environmental Commitment Tracking (Mehmet Egemen Ozbek, Colorado State University)
  • Eco-Logical Components of the Infrastructure Voluntary Evaluation Sustainability Tool (INVEST) (Mike Culp, FHWA Office of Natural Environment)

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November 2011 – Watershed Approaches for Mitigation and Transportation Planning: Innovative Programs from FHWA's Resource Agency Partners: Presenters from Federal resource and regulatory agencies highlighted their programs that use a watershed approach to implement Eco-Logical principles. The presentations included methods for assessing watershed health, prioritizing watersheds for conservation and restoration, and use of watershed approach in integrated planning. Presenters included:

  • Overview of FHWA Context (Michael Lamprecht, FHWA Office of Project Development and Environmental Review);
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Healthy Watersheds Initiative (Laura Gabanski, EPA);
  • U.S. Forest Service (USFS) Watershed Approach (Nat Gillespie, USFS); and
  • Watershed-Based Approaches for Mitigation and Transportation Planning (Barbara Walther, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)

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October 2011 – Highlights from the International Conference on Ecology and Transportation (ICOET): Applications of Eco-Logical from the U.S. and Beyond: Three presenters from ICOET and one recipient of a FHWA Environmental Excellence Award provided overviews of their research and projects. The webinar showcased the latest technologies and strategies for integrating ecology and transportation through the Eco-Logical approach. Presenters included:

  • Overview of ICOET (Mary Gray, FHWA Office of Project Development and Environmental Review);
  • A Systems View of Sustainability: Incorporating Sustainability into New York State Department of Transportation's (NYSDOT) Strategic, Tactical, and Operational Decisions (Debra Nelson, NYSDOT);
  • Ecosystem-Based Protocols for Systematic Sustainable Roadside Development (John Walewski, Texas A&M University);
  • Washington Connected Landscapes Project (Kelly McAllister, Washington State DOT); and
  • Landscape Analysis in Early Planning – Green Infrastructure (Henrik Wahlman, Trafikverket Swedish Transport Administration).

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September 2011 – Mitigation Banking, Conservation Banking, and In-Lieu Fee Programs: Mitigation Options Using the Eco-Logical Approach: Speakers described programs and case studies related to conservation and mitigation banking, and in-lieu fees, which are tools that can help implement the Eco-Logical approach. Presenters included:

  • Overview of FHWA Mitigation Banking and In-Lieu Fee programs (Corrie Veenstra and Mike Ruth, FHWA Office of Project Development and Environmental Review).
  • Mitigation and In-Lieu Fee Programs (Steve Martin, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers);
  • Conservation Banking (Deblyn Mead, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service); and
  • Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) Mitigation and Conservation Banking Program Case Study (Brad Livingston, ODOT).

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May 2011 – Eco-Logical and Wildlife Crossings: Concepts in Innovative Planning: This webinar featured research and projects related to wildlife crossings that help to decrease the number of animal vehicle collisions and support the placement of effective wildlife crossing structures. Presenters included:

  • Overview of FHWA wildlife crossing research and projects (Mary Gray, FHWA Office of Project Development and Environmental Review).
  • I-70 Mountain Corridor & Eco-Logical Grant (Colorado Department of Transportation, an Eco-Logical grant recipient);
  • Wildlife Crossing Hotspots (Normandeau Associates, Inc.); and
  • ARC International Wildlife Crossing Infrastructure Design Competition (Western Transportation Institute – Montana State University).

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April 2011 – Intersections between Eco-Logical and PEL: FHWA Programs to Improve Environmental Outcomes: This webinar included presentations on the following topics linking Eco-Logical and FHWA's Planning and Environment Linkages (PEL) program:

  • Background and applications of the PEL program (Gina Filosa, Volpe National Transportation Systems Center);
  • Connections between Eco-Logical and other strategic FHWA environmental programs (Mary Gray, FHWA Office of Project Development and Environmental Review);
  • North Central Texas Regional Ecosystem Framework (North Central Texas Council of Governments, an Eco-Logical grant recipient); and
  • Planning and Environment Linkages Applications (Denver Regional Council of Governments).

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March 2011 – Using Eco-Logical to Identify Priorities for Conservation and Mitigation: Three Eco-Logical grant recipients presented tools that help transportation practitioners and resource agencies to identify ecosystem priorities and related mitigation projects in their States and regions. Presenters included:

  • Regional Ecological Assessment Protocol (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency – Region 6);
  • Creating a Regional Decision Support System (Houston-Galveston Area Council); and
  • North Carolina's Strategic Conservation Planning (North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources).

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October 2010 – The Eco-Logical Approach as a Path to Livability: This webinar included Eco-Logical grant recipients presenting implementation lessons and successes from their grant projects and connections between the Eco-Logical approach and the six livability principles of the Partnership for Sustainable Communities. Presenters included:

  • Blueprint Jordan River (Envision Utah);
  • Central Texas Greenprint for Growth (Capital Area Council of Governments/Envision Central Texas);
  • Green Infrastructure for Great Cities (Chicago Department of Transportation); and
  • FHWA Livability Activities (Gabe Rousseau, FHWA Office of Human Environment).

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