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Joseph A. Burns CWB
National Transportation Ecology Program Leader
Watershed, Fish, Wildlife, Air, Rare Plants
1400 Independance Ave SW - MS1121
Washington, D.C. 20250-1121
(202) 205-0919
jaburns@fs.fed.us

Sandra Jacobson
Wildlife Biologist
USDA Forest Service
Pacific Southwest Research Station
(541) 678-5240
sjacobson@fs.fed.us

 

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Learning from Research

Transporation ecology is maturing as an applied science, and several conferences are available to learn from research.

Upcoming Conferences

International Conference on Ecology and Transportation (ICOET), 2013

 

Next ICOET will be in Scottsdale, Arizona, June 23-27, 2013.

This is the most comprehensive professional conference available for transportation ecology topics. Past ICOETs have had excellent field trips of interest to FLMA personnel. The 2011 ICOET had one field trip to the I-90 Snoqualmie Pass project.

Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting, 2012

January 22-26, 2012

Washington DC.

The TRB Annual Meeting is a huge conference with many committee meetings, including many that are highly pertinent to FLMA interests in transportation ecology. An especially important committee is the Committee on Transportation and Ecology, which focuses on ecological issues.

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Presentations

This section will be filled with current or continuing useful presentations. Let us know if there is a presentation that you would like to see here. You can suggest an item in the comment box in the FAQ section.

Incorporating Bat Habitat Into Bridges

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Training

Two primary training venues are available for wildlife/highway interactions.

Innovative Approaches to Wildlife and Highway Interactions

This shortcourse (3 units) has usually been offered at the FWS' National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, WV. It can also be offered in collaboration with a state DOT within a state, which sometimes works better if DOT personnel have difficulty travelling outside their state

The 2012 session will be held August 14-16, 2012 at the Sagehen Creek Field Station, within the Sagehen Experimental Forest north of Truckee, CA. It will use lessons from the Highway 89 Stewardship Team to illustrate many of the course objectives.

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Congressionally-mandated Animal/Vehicle Collision Reduction Study Training

This course is targeted specifically at reducing animal/vehicle collisions and is based on the Congressionally-mandated report under SAFETEA-LU.

The FHWA developed the Wildlife Vehicle Collision Reduction Study Training Course. The course was jointly developed by the Office of Safety Research and Development, the Office of Project Development and Environmental Review, and the Office of Federal Lands Highway. The web-based course is now available at:

Wildlife Vehicle Collision Training

This training is based on the findings of the Wildlife Vehicle Collision Reduction Study: Report to Congress and the Best Practices Manual developed from that study. The Manual, which is the textbook for the course, may be accessed at: Best Practices Manual—Animal/Vehicle Collision Reduction.

The Report to Congress, Best Practices Manual, and the Web-based course were developed in collaboration with representatives from State DOT(s), other federal agencies, and experts in the field of wildlife vehicle collisions. This collaborative effort resulted in a thorough and in-depth process to identify WVC probem areas and habitat connectivity opportunities and to evaluate effective mitiation strategies that can be imlemented to reduce WVCs. The course covers a wide variety of these strategies such as wildlife fencing, animal detection systems and vegetation managment in great detail.

Eco-Highways: Interagency Workshop on Transportation Project Development Essentials

 

The workshop described below is an example of a site-specific collaborative effort that can be offered at a unit on demand.

The Cherokee National Forest and Pacific Southwest Research Station teamed up with Tennessee Department of Transportation to bring together a cadre of six Forest Service specialists from across the country who are familiar with planning highway projects on National Forest System lands.

The purpose of the two day workshop, held at the Cherokee NF Supervisor’s Office March 1-2, 2011, was to help local Forest Service specialists learn what to expect during a ‘mega-highway’ project, and to interact with Tennessee DOT and other interagency stakeholders to clarify differences in roles, responsibilities and missions among the many agencies pulled together to plan a highway development project.

EcoHighways Workshop session on native plant revegetation of highwaysThe Corridor K project is in the early stages of EIS preparation, and alternatives include as much as 20 or more miles of new or reconstructed highway through the sensitive southern Appalachian Mountains.

Tennessee DOT officials called the meeting ‘incredibly worthwhile’ and noted that when several DOT staff elected to forgo the local elected officials meeting on day two, it was ‘a testament to the importance and relevance of (the) agenda’.

The workshop, called Eco-Highways: Interagency Workshop on Transportation Project Development Essentials, was Looking at fishes from small stream on the Cherokee NFplanned as a pilot shortcourse and is available to other units as needed. It provides an overview of issues, roles and responsibilities for planning environmentally-friendly highways for resource agency interdisciplinary teams and stakeholders.

Image at left shows workshop participants from Tennessee DOT, US FWS, Cherokee NF, Regional Office, and consultants hearing about aquatic biodiversity in sensitive watersheds on the Cherokee NF.

 

 

 

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Deer/Vehicle Collision Reduction Safety Video

The USDA Forest Service’s Missoula Technology and Development Center is developing a safety video on reducing deer/vehicle collisions through increasing driver awareness. This video will be available by the end of FY12.

Page Last Modified: February 18, 2014


Additional Information

Aquatic biodiversity in a bucket taken from a small stream on the Cherokee NF This image shows the large number of fishes in a small stream near one of the new highway alignment alternatives for the Corridor K project on the Cherokee NF. The fish were part of a demonstration on the field trip to share issues during the EcoHighways Workshop.