Through a research project funded by the Transportation Research Board (TRB) of the National Academy of Sciences, INR and its national partners developed an ecological assessment process and framework to integrate conservation planning and transportation planning.
The project resulted in a nine-step “Integrated Ecological Framework” (IEF) that:
For each step in the IEF, critical data needs and a number of tools that could greatly facilitate implementation of the Framework were identified.
The IEF is a congruent technical framework to the Eco-Logical approach, developed by eight Federal agencies in 2006, which recommends a collaborative, integrated, watershed or ecosystem scale approach to decision-making during infrastructure planning, environmental review, and permitting. The IEF is linked to the transportation decision guide on the Transportation for Communities (TCAPP) website.
This project is funded by the Transportation Research Board’s Strategic Highway Research Program of the National Academy of Sciences.
Project Number: SHRP2-C06B