Earlier consideration of ecological resources in the transportation planning process can help streamline environmental reviews and permitting while improving both the environmental and transportation outcomes of infrastructure projects. Through the second Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP2), Implementing Eco-Logical (C06) contains a process and information on how to operationalize the Eco-Logical approach presented in the 2006 document: Eco-Logical: An Ecosystem Approach to Developing Infrastructure Projects.
Implementing Eco-Logical offers a structured nine-step process, tools, and templates that can guide transportation agencies as they work to meet both ecosystem and transportation goals. The benefits of Implementing Eco-Logical include providing the opportunity to avoid, minimize, and mitigate environmental impacts either before or during the planning stage, potentially reducing mitigation requirements and reducing delays during project-level environmental review and permitting.
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