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Trisha white director habitat and highways campaign defenders of wildlife

$1 MILLION OR MORE IN 60 MINUTES OR LESSHow Friends Can Take Advantage of Opportunities in Transportation

Trisha White, Director

Habitat and Highways Campaign

Defenders of Wildlife


Trisha white director habitat and highways campaign defenders of wildlife

POLL

  • Have you ever worked with a transportation agency?

  • If so, have you ever received land or funding from a transportation agency?


Overview

Overview

  • Expectations and assets

  • Transportation planning

  • Transportation mitigation

  • Transportation enhancements

  • Assignments


You are a superhero

You are a SUPERHERO

What are your special powers?

What are your responsibilities?


Expectations and assets

Expectations and Assets

SPECIAL POWERS

Passion

Knowledge

Skills

RESPONSIBILITIES

Protect

Enhance

Support


Why transportation

Why Transportation?

Villain

Direct impacts

Indirect impacts

Sidekick

Money

Land


Why transportation1

Why Transportation?

Know thy frenemy!

Transportation agencies want:

to build roads

to keep people safe

to provide mobility

predictability

no delays

good public relations


Write this down

Write this down!

3 most important things for Friends to know

Transportation planning process

Compensatory mitigation for transportation projects

Transportation Enhancements program


Transportation planning

Transportation Planning

PROCESS

The basic steps in the transportation planning process are:

Define the problem, scope, area, issues

Set goals, objectives and criteria

Collect data

Develop alternatives and scenarios

Model—forecast future travel behavior

Evaluate alternatives

Select a preferred plan

Implement the plan through projects


Transportation planning1

Transportation Planning

PRODUCTS

What do planners create?

Long-Range Transportation Plan (LRTP)

Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP)


Transportation planning2

Transportation Planning

PRODUCTS

What do planners create?

Long-Range Transportation Plan (LRTP)

Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP)


Transportation planning3

Transportation Planning

INTEGRATING CONSERVATION AND TRANSPORTATION PLANNING


Transportation planning4

Transportation Planning

INTEGRATING CONSERVATION AND TRANSPORTATION PLANNING

SAFETEA-LU

Section 6001

  • Consultation with resource agencies

  • Comparison with conservation plans, maps

  • Discussion of mitigation activities, areas


Transportation planning5

Transportation Planning

INTEGRATING CONSERVATION AND TRANSPORTATION PLANNING

SAFETEA-LU

Section 6001

“The long-range transportation plan shall be developed in consultation with State, tribal, and local agencies responsible for land use management, natural resources, environmental protection, conservation and historic preservation.”


Transportation planning6

Transportation Planning

INTEGRATING CONSERVATION AND TRANSPORTATION PLANNING

SAFETEA-LU

Section 6001

“Consultation under clause (i) shall involve comparison of transportation plans to State and tribal conservation plans or maps, if available, and comparison of transportation plans to inventories of natural or historic resources, if available.”


Transportation planning7

Transportation Planning

INTEGRATING CONSERVATION AND TRANSPORTATION PLANNING

SAFETEA-LU

Section 6001

“A long-range transportation plan shall include a discussion of potential environmental mitigation activities and potential areas to carry out these activities, including activities that may have the greatest potential to restore and maintain the environmental functions affected by the plan.”


Transportation planning8

Transportation Planning

INTEGRATING CONSERVATION AND TRANSPORTATION PLANNING

Public Lands

USFWS / Refuges

US Forest Service

National Park Service


Transportation planning9

Transportation Planning

INTEGRATING CONSERVATION AND TRANSPORTATION PLANNING

State Wildlife Action Plans


Transportation planning10

Transportation Planning

INTEGRATING CONSERVATION AND TRANSPORTATION PLANNING

Habitat Connectivity Plans


Transportation planning11

Transportation Planning

INTEGRATING CONSERVATION AND TRANSPORTATION PLANNING


Transportation planning12

Transportation Planning

INTEGRATING CONSERVATION AND TRANSPORTATION PLANNING


Transportation planning13

Transportation Planning

INTEGRATING CONSERVATION AND TRANSPORTATION PLANNING


Transportation planning14

Transportation Planning

INTEGRATING CONSERVATION AND TRANSPORTATION PLANNING


Transportation planning15

Transportation Planning

INTEGRATING CONSERVATION AND TRANSPORTATION PLANNING


Compensatory mitigation

Compensatory Mitigation

National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) 1970

Requires that federal agencies study and disclose the environmental impacts of their actions and include the public in decision making

Mitigation: Compensating for the impact by replacing or providing substitute resources or environments


Compensatory mitigation1

Compensatory Mitigation

Clean Water Act 1972

Primary federal law governing water pollution

Prohibits destroying wetlands

Avoid, minimize, mitigate

Compensatory mitigation is required to replace the loss of wetlands…restoration, establishment, enhancement or preservation of wetlands


Compensatory mitigation2

Compensatory Mitigation

“Incidental take” may be permitted if the landowner submits a habitat conservation plan including proposed mitigation measures

Where several projects with impacts are anticipated, banking of compensatory mitigation for impacts may be an effective approach

Endangered Species Act (ESA) 1973

To protect and recover imperiled species and the ecosystems upon which they depend

“Take” of listed species is prohibited


Transportation enhancements program

Transportation Enhancements Program

Program for federally funded, community-based projects that expand travel choices and enhance the transportation experience

10% setaside

$500 million/year


Transportation enhancements program1

Transportation Enhancements Program

ELIGIBILITY

  • Must qualify as one of the 12 eligible activities

  • Must be transportation related

  • Must be accessible to the public

  • Can be stand-alone or part of statewide effort

  • Application must have government partner

  • May not be used for routine maintenance

  • May not be used for standard mitigation


Transportation enhancements program2

Transportation Enhancements Program

Governments, communities, or non-profit organizations can apply

Every state is responsible for developing and administering its own program

APPLICATION

Applicant must furnish at least 20%*

Federal agencies may provide the match

Application must demonstrate how the project will be financed

TE is a Federal-aid reimbursement program, not an advanced grant program


Transportation enhancements program3

Transportation Enhancements Program

  • Pedestrian and bicycle facilities

  • Pedestrian and bicycle safety and educational activities

  • Acquisition of scenic or historic easements and sites

  • Scenic or historic  highway programs including tourist and welcome centers

  • Landscaping and scenic beautification

  • Historic preservation

  • Rehabilitation and operation of historic transportation buildings, structures or facilities

  • Conversion of abandoned railway corridors to trails

  • Inventory, control, and removal of outdoor advertising

  • Archaeological planning & research

  • Environmental mitigation of runoff pollution and provision of wildlife connectivity

  • Establishment of transportation museums

12 categories of eligible activities

YES YOU CAN

use more than one category!


Transportation enhancements program4

Transportation Enhancements Program

3. Acquisition of scenic or historic easements and sites—Acquisition of scenic lands or easements, vistas and landscapes; purchase of historic properties or buildings in historic districts, including historic battlefields, preservation of farmland.


Transportation enhancements program5

Transportation Enhancements Program

MHCP Core And Linkage Area Habitat Acquisition$1,880,000

Cuyamaca Ranch Phase I Acquisition $1,000,000

Rutherford Ranch Acquisition $1,800,000

El Moro Elfin Forest Acquisition $500,000

Hollister Peak Viewshed $1,000,000

Purisima Farms Conservation Trail Easement $2,000,000

Acquisition Of Carpinteria Bluffs $300,000

Buena Vista Viewshed Acquisition $1,000,000

Petaluma River Vistas $410,000

Dry Creek Flood Plain Scenic Acquisition $750,000

Andrew Creek / Table Mountain Scenic Viewshed$244,000

Windy Gap Watchable Wildlife $256,000

3. Acquisition of scenic or historic easements and sites—Acquisition of scenic lands or easements, vistas and landscapes; purchase of historic properties or buildings in historic districts, including historic battlefields, preservation of farmland.


Transportation enhancements program6

Transportation Enhancements Program

11. Environmental mitigation of runoff pollution and provision of wildlife connectivity— Runoff pollution studies; soil erosion controls; detention and sediment basins; river clean-ups; reduce wildlife-vehicle collisions, restore habitat connectivity, provide wildlife passages


Transportation enhancements program7

Transportation Enhancements Program

Construction of Osprey nesting platforms$16,000

Preacher Canyon Wildlife Fencing$613,450

Harbor Blvd Wildlife underpass$337,000

Clear Creek clean-up$77,000

Wildlife collision reduction on US550$108,090

Monte Vista Watchable Wildlife$180,480

Sybil Creek wetland restoration$512,936

Weems Creek Restoration$170,000

I-95 invasive and exotic vegetation removal$297,500

Beaver Creek erosion control$83,164

US-31 turtle fence$435,200

Statewide wildlife passage study$120,000

11. Environmental mitigation of runoff pollution and provision of wildlife connectivity— Runoff pollution studies; soil erosion controls; detention and sediment basins; river clean-ups; reduce wildlife-vehicle collisions, restore habitat connectivity, provide wildlife passages


Transportation enhancements program8

Transportation Enhancements Program

What can I do with TE funds?

  • Scenic, historic, farm or habitat acquisition

  • Habitat restoration

  • Monitoring and data collection

  • Research and mapping habitat

  • Evaluating roadside vegetation

  • Training

  • Public outreach and education

MUST BE TRANSPORTATION RELATED!


Transportation enhancements program9

Transportation Enhancements Program

DO THE MATH

$8.1 billion authorized for TE since 1998

÷ 11 years

= $734 million per year

÷ 12 categories

= $61 million per year possible for scenic

+ $61 million per year possible for wildlife

= $122 million /year possible for conservation


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Transportation Enhancements Program

GET

YOUR

PIECE

OF

THE

PIE!

Distribution of Federal Funds by TE Activity FY 1992 through FY 2007 (Federal funds in millions)


Recap

RECAP

3 most important things for Friends to know

Transportation planning process

Compensatory mitigation for transportation projects

Transportation Enhancements program


Transportation planning16

Transportation Planning

Check out your state transportation agency’s web sites. Bookmark them.

Request copies of your state transportation plans. Read them.

Sign up for transportation planning mailing lists and listservs.

Get involved in Section 6001 consultations. Provide your plans, data and maps.

Check out Enhancements.org. Bookmark it.

Find the application and next call for projects.

Contact your enhancements coordinator.

HOMEWORK

ASSIGNMENTS


Trisha white director habitat and highways campaign defenders of wildlife

$1 MILLION OR MORE IN 60 MINUTES OR LESSHow Friends Can Take Advantage of Opportunities in Transportation

Trisha White, Director

Habitat and Highways Campaign

Defenders of Wildlife


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