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2011 Environmental Excellence Awards

For Excellence in Environmental Leadership


Paul Wagner
Washington State Department of Transportation

Photograph of Paul Wagner inspecting a stream flowing under a cement bridge

For Excellence in Environmental Leadership

Paul Wagner

Paul Wagner has demonstrated environmental leadership over the course of his 20-year career at the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) where he has been instrumental in developing a transportation program that improves habitat connectivity and is more sensitive to the environmental impacts of surface transportation. As Biology Branch Manager, Mr. Wagner collaborated with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) to form an ongoing program to inventory and assess fish passage barriers, resulting in the correction of 250 such barriers, improving access to over 800 miles of stream habitat to date. He also advocated for the incorporation of wildlife crossings in transportation projects to promote ecological and habitat connectivity. Through Paul's initiative, WSDOT and WDFW collaborated with other partners to develop a Statewide Habitat Connectivity Analysis to identify important wildlife movement corridors between habitat concentration areas for use in transportation planning. In addition to his work at WSDOT, Mr. Wagner has been a champion of the International Conference on Ecology and Transportation mission, and active in national research and guidance development including the Federal Highway Administration's Eco-Logical: An Ecosystem Approach to Developing Infrastructure Projects. His dedication and commitment to protecting the environment has helped WSDOT to more effectively address ecological concerns throughout the transportation project delivery process. This award recognizes Paul's distinguished career as an innovative team and environmental leader.

Close-up photograph of Paul Wagner with woods in the background
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