Research for the AASHTO Standing Committee on the Environment. Task 67. Optimizing Conservation and Improving Mitigation Cost/Benefit

The process of optimizing benefits involves directing resources to the highest ecological needs, as determined by species or ecosystem recovery plans, ecoregion conservation plans, watershed restoration plans, green infrastructure, or State Wildlife Action Plans. However, departments of transportation (DOTs) have struggled with the reality that only 20 or so SWAPs are really "actionable", expressed with geospatially mapped priorities. DOTs and resource agencies report that recovery plans for regulated species have been developed for only about half of the federally listed species they work with on projects. Uncertainty and lack of clarity regarding programmatic goals for species, ecosystems, or water resources often underlie disputes at the project level. DOTs are in need of resource agency products that help in site selection. Where and what are most important to conserve and key opportunities to restore regulated resources? This research will also explore the cost and DOT and resource agency willingness to pay for such prioritized data.<div></div>


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  • Status: Proposed
  • Funding: $100000.00
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 25-25, Task

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

    444 North Capitol Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001
  • Project Managers:

    Srinivasan, Nanda

  • Start Date: 20091103
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 24160

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01464075
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Cooperative Highway Research Program
  • Contract Numbers: Project 25-25, Task
  • Files: TRB, RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 2:35PM