U.S. Department of Transportation
Federal Highway Administration
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Acting Director, Office of Human Environment
Director, Office of Project Development and
Federal Lands Highway Division Engineers
Directors of Field Services
Resource Center Managers
Date: July 29, 2010
Reply to: HEPH-1
The purpose of this memorandum is to announce the recipients of both the 2010 Exemplary Human Environment Initiatives (EHEI) and the Exemplary Ecosystem Initiatives (EEI).
The EHEIs recognize outstanding examples of transportation projects that either create or improve conditions for human activities while protecting the natural environment. Ten projects received EHEI recognition.
The EEIs identify exemplary ecosystem and habitat projects that are unique or highly unusual in their (a) geographic scope; (b) use of cutting edge science or technology; (c) high level of environmental standards; (d) high quality of results achieved; and/or (e) recognition by environmental interests as being particularly valuable or noteworthy. Seven projects received EEI recognition.
The 2010 EHEIs by category:
Education and Training Programs
Enhancing the Environment for Human Activities
Encouraging Nonmotorized Transportation
The 2010 EEIs are:
Illinois: Wetland Joint Mitigation Effort. For the rehabilitation and protection of a150 acre native prairie habitat remnant site used for wetlands compensation.
Michigan: Protected Areas Program. For a stewardship initiative that identifies and protects rare plants, animals and natural communities that occur in MDOT's right-of-way.
Michigan: Southwest Region High Quality Wetland Preservation. For partnerships, preservation and management activities that streamline permitting processes for future road and bridge project while protecting and enhancing the habitat for endangered species.
Ohio: PER-93 Wetland Mitigation Area. For wetland mitigation that achieves the highest category of wetland quality based on diversity.
Utah: US 6, Wildlife Coordination Committee. For continuous coordination and consultation in providing wildlife features and habitat linkages on a large scale.
Washington: Fish Passage Program. To sustain and restore aquatic ecosystems by improving fish passage and natural stream functions at road crossings through a statewide restoration program.
Wyoming: Nugget Canyon Deer Fence and Underpasses. State agencies working together to reduce the number of conflicts between the traveling public and wildlife.
Congratulations to all of the agencies and division offices whose efforts are represented in this year's EHEI and EEI selections, and thank you to all who submitted projects for this year. We will be soliciting nominations for our next round of EHEIs and EEIs in April 2011. If you have further questions regarding the EHEI program, please contact Mr. Gabe Rousseau at (202) 366-8044 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For questions about the EEIs please contact Ms. Patricia Cazenas at (202) 366-4085 or email@example.com.