ITD wildlife database project wins dual environmental award
from U.S. Department of Transportation
The U.S. Department of Transportation recently selected an Idaho project as among the nation’s best examples of improving the interrelationship of vehicles and wildlife.
ITD’s creation of the Idaho Transportation/Wildlife Database was named a recipient of the 2009 Exemplary Human Environment Initiatives (EHEI) and the Exemplary Ecosystem Initiatives (EEI), awarded in nationwide competition.
The project entailed development of a tool that identifies the proximity of wildlife safety hazards. It was one of six projects nationwide that received a joint EHEI and EEI award.
“This is the second year we acknowledged that environmental achievements do not have to be divided between natural and human initiatives and offered the opportunity for the same initiative to receive recognition in both EHEI and EEI status,” wrote April Marchese and Carol Adkins in announcing the award.
Marchese is director of the USDOT’s Office of Natural and Human Environment, and Adkins is director of the Office of Project Development and Environmental Review.
The other five projects selected for joint EHEI/EEI recognition were:
California: Development of the Caltrans Re-Vegetation Program in Northern California. For developing an innovative and cost effective approach to re-vegetation
Delaware: Glenville Wetlands Mitigation Bank Project and Fox Point State Park. For using a collaborative approach to manage flooding problems while improving the environment.
Minnesota: Vegetation Management Memorandum of Understanding--Fond du Lac. For developing a process to manage vegetation without reliance on herbicides.
Oregon: Culturally-Sensitive Dogbane Transplanting and Inter- and Multi-Agency Collaboration. For developing an approach to preserve a culturally significant natural resource.
Texas: Seymour Park Mitigation Site. For re-establishing the link between a divided ecosystem while improving opportunities for outdoor activities.
Sixteen projects received an EHEI award and another six received EEI recognition.
The Oregon Department of Transportation received a total of three awards while California and Maryland received two each.
See awards for the complete EHEI ad EEI list.