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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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Integrated Large Scale and Project Planning

Integrated large scale and project planning is a goal that several agencies are trying to reach. The complexities are enormous, but the benefits of integrating the objectives and activities of multiple agencies include better outcomes andgreater efficiencies.

This section can be considered a placeholder for the Wildlife Crossings Toolkit as these efforts are highlighted over the next years. The following are a very few initiatives that hold promise in helping natural resource management agencies coordinate well with transportation agencies.

Forest Service Watershed Condition Assessment:

The Watershed Condition Framework is a comprehensive approach for: 1) evaluating the condition of watersheds 2) strategically implementing integrated restoration and 3) tracking and monitoring outcome based program accomplishments. It improves the way the FS approaches watershed restoration by targeting the implementation of integrated suites of activities in focus watersheds.

What is watershed condition assessment? Watershed condition assessment is the process of describing watershed condition in terms of three discrete classes that reflect the level of watershed health. Primary emphasis is placed on indicators that directly or indirectly impact soil and hydrologic functions and riparian and aquatic ecosystems.

What is watershed condition? Watershed condition is the state of the physical and biological characteristics and processes within a watershed that affect soil and hydrologic functions.

Why Watersheds? Watersheds are integral parts of broader ecosystems that can be viewed and evaluated at a variety of spatial scales. Watersheds are spatially located landscape features that have been uniformly mapped for the entire U.S. Watershed condition integrates the effects of all activities within a watershed.

TEUI Geospatial Toolkit

The Forest Service has a spatially useful website for Terrestrial Ecological Unit Inventory Mapping, or TEUI Toolkit.

TEUI-Geospatial Toolkit… is an ArcGIS mapping tool used to access geospatial data, visualize landscapes, delineate ecological units, characterize environmental conditions, and assess the statistical validity of map unit composition. The TEUI-Geospatial Toolkit is for anyone who wants to analyze geospatial data using polygons (feature class, shapefile, or coverage) to delineate their area of interest. While the TEUI-Geospatial Toolkit was developed for the mapping and analysis of Terrestrial Ecological Units, the TEUI-Geospatial Toolkit can be used to analyze and/or map any natural phenomena that can be represented by polygons. Non-TEUI projects have included range analysis, watershed analysis, TES analysis, vegetation mapping, wildlife habitat, scenic areas, and soil mapping.

The TEUI can be found here.

 

National Agroforestry Center

Agroforestry intentionally combines agriculture and forestry to create integrated and sustainable land-use systems. The USDA National Agroforestry Center (NAC) had its origins in the 1990 Farm Bill. It began as a Forest Service Research and State & Private Forestry effort in 1992 and expanded into a partnership with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in 1995. It is administered by the Forest Service, Southern Research Station. NAC offices are located in Lincoln, Nebraska and Blacksburg, Virginia. More on this topic can be found here.

 

"Every Day Counts"

The FHWA's initiative called Every Day Counts is designed to identify and deploy innovation aimed at shortening project delivery, ehanhcing the safety of our roadways, and protecting the environment. More information can be found here.

Page Last Modified: February 18, 2014


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