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Linking Transportation and Natural Resource Planning through Environmental GIS Tools

June 16, 2011
2:30 – 4:00 pm EST

The Federal Highway Administration and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Technology Implementation Group (TIG) Program are sponsoring a June webinar on Transportation Innovations: Linking Transportation and Natural Resource Planning through Environmental GIS Tools.

Join in to hear how Texas and Maryland are pioneering GIS planning approaches for transportation to improve environmental outcomes and enhance project delivery. In each state, early collaborative planning among transportation and natural resource planning agencies have produced ecosystem-based frameworks to guide transportation decisions. The guidance is delivered through GIS technologies and provides the following benefits:

  • Data-driven Decision Support Systems: Decisions are defensible and transparent and produce high quality projects, without sacrificing the environment.
  • Early Multi-agency Integration: Project planning and delivery is faster, regulatory compliance is achieved more quickly and working relationships among agencies are improved.
  • Systems Approach: Using an ecosystem-based framework provides higher quality and more cost-effective stewardship, offers scalable solutions that provide ecosystem-wide benefits and leverages project dollars to multiply ecological benefits.


  • The Benefits of Using and Developing Environmental Planning GIS Tools; Gregory Slater, Maryland State Highway Administration
  • Environmental Assessment Tools: Th eGIS Screening Tool (GISST) and the NEPAssist website; Maya Coleman, Texas Department of Transportation
  • Maryland's Green Infrastructure Assessment and Approach: A Strategic Approach to Environmental Stewardship for US 301 Waldorf; Will Allen, The Conservation Fund



Scott Wolf
Center for Accelerating Innovation

Updated: 05/23/2011

United States Department of Transportation - Federal Highway Administration