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The 2005 International Conference
on Ecology & Transportation
San Diego, CA

August 29 – September 2, 2005
Theme: “On The Road To Stewardship”

On The Road To Stewardship

Final Agenda (Updated 11-22-05)

ICOET 2005 was a five-day event that comprised more than 150 presentations, posters, and exhibits, along with two full-day field trips, which surveyed the broad range of ecological concerns related to surface transportation. A total of 15 countries participated on the technical program, and nearly 400 people were in attendance.

[Monday]   [Tuesday]    [Wednesday]   [Thursday]   [Friday]

Sunday, August 28

2:00-6:00 PM

Conference Registration and Check-In

Speaker Ready Room Opens

North Foyer

Boardroom
3:00-6:00 PM Exhibitor Check-In/Set-Up Terrazza Ballroom
4:00-6:00 PM ICOET 2005 Steering Committee Meeting Las Palmas

Monday, August 29

7:00-8:30 AM Continental Breakfast Foyer
8:30-9:15 AM

Conference Welcome and Opening Remarks
(Moderator: Leroy Irwin, Conference Chair)

  • Welcome from CTE
    (James Martin, Associate Director, CTE, NC State University)
  • Welcome from the University of California at Davis, Road Ecology Center
    (Daniel Sperling, Director, Institute of Transportation Studies, and Co-Author, Road Ecology: Science and Solutions)
  • Welcome from Caltrans-District 11, San Diego
    (Charles "Muggs" Stoll, District Division Chief - Environmental, Caltrans)
  • Caltrans: On the Road to Environmental Stewardship!
    (Jay Norvell, Environmental Division Chief, Caltrans)
International Ballroom
(Riviera thru St. Tropez)
9:15-10:00 AM

Session 1: Update on Federal and International Activities
(Moderator: Paul Garrett , FHWA Headquarters, USA)

International Ballroom
(Riviera thru St. Tropez)
10:00-10:30 AM Break Foyer
10:30AM-12:00 PM
Session 2: Cross-Cutting Session – ICOET 2005 Sneak Preview
(Moderator: Sheila Mone, Caltrans, USA)
International Ballroom
(Riviera thru St. Tropez)
12:00-1:30 PM
Lunch (on own)  
1:30-3:00 PM

Session 3A: Integrating Transportation and Resource Conservation Planning – Conservation Banking
(Moderator: Sandy Jacobson, USDA Forest Service, USA)

Session 3B: Transportation Corridor Vegetation Management
(Moderator: Bonnie Harper-Lore, FHWA Headquarters, USA)

International Ballroom
(Riviera thru St. Tropez)

 

 

 

 

 


 

International Ballroom
(San Marino)

3:00-3:30 PM
Break Foyer
3:30-5:00 PM
Session 4A: Aquatic and Marine Ecosystems
(Moderator: Paul Wagner, Washington State DOT, USA)

Session 4B: Context Sensitive Solutions – Integrating Community Values with Conservation Objectives
(Moderator: Amanda Hardy, Western Transportation Institute, Montana State University, USA)

International Ballroom
(Riviera thru St. Tropez)

 

 

 

 

 

 

International Ballroom
(San Marino)

6:00-8:00 PM

Exhibits Open

International Welcome Reception
(Sponsored by HDR Engineering, Inc., Sensor Technologies and Systems, Inc., and URS Corporation)

Terrazza Ballroom

Foyer



Tuesday, August 30

7:00-8:30 AM

Continental Breakfast

Business Meeting of the TRB Task Force on Ecology and Transportation (By Invitation Only)

Foyer

Bayside Terrace Grill

8:30-10:00 AM

Session 5A: Acoustics Ecology – Aquatics Issues
(Moderator: Mary Gray, FHWA Headquarters, USA)

Session 5B: Wildlife Impacts and Conservation Solutions - Herpetofauna
(Moderator: James Martin, CTE, North Carolina State University, USA)

International Ballroom
(Riviera thru Monte Carlo)

 

 

 

 

 


International Ballroom
(St. Tropez)

10:00-10:30 AM

Break

Poster Session Set-Up

Foyer

Mediterranean Ballroom
(Las Palmas thru Portofino)
10:30AM-12:00 PM

Session 6A: Acoustics Ecology – Wildlife Impacts of Roadway Noise
(Sponsored by UC-Davis Road Ecology Center)
(Moderator: Alison Berry, UC-Davis Road Ecology Center, USA)

Session 6B: Wildlife Impacts and Conservation Solutions – Large Mammals
(Moderator: Susan Hagood, Humane Society of the United States, USA)

International Ballroom
(Riviera thru Monte Carlo)

 

 

 

 

 

 

International Ballroom
(St. Tropez)

12:00-1:30 PM Lunch (on own) / Poster Session Set-Up Mediterranean Ballroom
(Las Palmas thru Portofino)
1:30-3:00 PM

Session 7A: Poster Session

 

 

Session 7B: Streamlining in Washington State
(Moderator: Debra Nelson, New York State DOT, USA)

Mediterranean Ballroom
(Las Palmas thru Portofino)


International Ballroom
(Riviera thru Monte Carlo)

3:00-3:30 PM Break Foyer
3:30-5:00 PM

Session 8A: Poster Session (cont'd)

 


Session 8B: Context Sensitive Solutions – Integrating Community Values with Conservation Objectives
(Moderator: Bill Ruediger (Retired), USDA Forest Service, USA)

Mediterranean Ballroom
(Las Palmas thru Portofino)

 

International Ballroom
(Riviera thru Monte Carlo)

6:00-10:00 PM

Integrating California's Transportation Planning and Wildlife Conservation Strategy: Workshop and Dinner Meeting
(By Invitation Only)
(Sponsored by Defenders of Wildlife)

Defenders of Wildlife is hosting a by-invitation-only dinner workshop to discuss the integration of California's wildlife conservation strategy and transportation planning process. For more information, contact Trisha White at twhite@defenders.org

Portofino

Wednesday, August 31

7:00-8:00 AM

Coffee/Muffin To-Go Station
Pick up box lunches for field trips

Board buses

Foyer
8:00 AM-5:00 PM

Transportation Challenges in Coastal San Diego County
(Field Trip Option #1)

This trip will begin with a stop at the South Bay Unit of the San Diego National Wildlife Refuge. With 90-100% of submerged lands, intertidal mudflats, and salt marshes eliminated in the north and central San Diego Bay, the South San Diego Bay refuge, dedicated in 1999, will preserve and restore the remaining wetlands, mudflats, and eel grass beds to help ensure the survival of the bay’s thousands of migrating and resident shorebirds and waterfowl. The bay supports numerous endangered and threatened species of plants and animals and is a vital link to other wildlife areas. All of the refuges in the San Diego Refuge Complex have been designated "Globally Important Bird Areas" by the American Bird Conservancy; the South San Diego Bay Refuge was recently designated as a Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve site.

The tour will proceed north along the Silver Strand, a narrow neck of land that connects the mainland to Coronado “Island” and separates San Diego Bay from the Pacific Ocean. From Coronado, the tour will head across the Bay on the Coronado Bridge, and then up the coast on I-5. This leg of the trip will explore the challenges and opportunities for collaboration and stewardship on the 26-mile-long North Coast Corridor Project, and will include a picnic lunch on the beach.

Heading east, participants will visit the Pilgrim Creek Mitigation Bank, which is managed by Caltrans. Returning south on I-15, participants will see the effects and restoration challenges posed by the devastating 2003-04 wildfires, which were followed by the torrential rains of 2004-05.

Click for photos of the Coastal Field Trip.

Hosted By:
Caltrans
8:00 AM-5:00 PM

Transportation Challenges in Inland San Diego County
(Field Trip Option #2)

This trip will focus on environmental challenges and opportunities addressed by recent transportation and mitigation projects in inland San Diego County. The tour will begin in southern San Diego County with a review of two projects near the international border. This leg of the tour will include some large vernal pool mitigation sites, as well as review of design features and mitigation measures to facilitate wildlife movement in the Otay Mesa area.

The tour will then head north on SR-94, where participants will see the effects and restoration challenges posed by the devastating 2003-04 wildfires. The next stop will be the Rancho Jamul Ecological Reserve, operated by the California Department of Fish and Game. This site is an important component of the Multiple Species Conservation Program (MSCP) multi-habitat preserve system in southwestern San Diego County, supporting large areas of coastal sage scrub, annual grasslands and riparian habitat. The Reserve is adjacent to the Otay-Sweetwater Unit of the San Diego National Wildlife Refuge.

After a picnic lunch and tour at the Reserve, the tour will head north and east to view wetlands mitigation sites along SR-56, as well as bridges over wildlife corridors.

Click for photos of the Inland Field Trip.

Hosted By:
Caltrans
6:00-9:00 PM Mission Bay Beach Barbecue South Poolside

Thursday, September 1

7:00-8:30 AM Continental Breakfast Foyer
8:30-10:00 AM

Session 9A: Streamlining, Stewardship, and Sustainability
(Moderator: Tom Linkous, Chair, TRB Task Force on Ecology and Transportation / Ohio Department of Natural Resources, USA)

Session 9B: Wildlife Crossings – Planning, Selection, Placement, and Monitoring for Effectiveness
(Moderator: Chris Servheen, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, University of Montana, USA)

Session 9C: Animal-Vehicle Collision Prevention and Reduction
(Moderator: Sandy Jacobson, USDA Forest Service, USA)

International Ballroom (Sorrento)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

International Ballroom
(San Marino)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

International Ballroom (Capri)

10:00-10:30 AM

Break

Poster Session Set-Up

Foyer

Mediterranean Ballroom (Las Palmas thru Portofino)

10:30AM-12:00 PM

Session 10A: Integrating Transportation and Resource Conservation Planning – Conservation Planning
(Moderator: Donna Pope, Florida DOT, USA)

Session 10B: Wildlife Impacts and Conservation Solutions – Small Mammals
(Moderator: Stephanie Stoermer, FHWA-California Division, USA)

Session 10C: Animal-Vehicle Collision Prevention and Reduction
(Moderator: Paul Garrett, FHWA Headquarters, USA)

International Ballroom (Sorrento)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

International Ballroom
(San Marino)

 

 

 

 

 



International Ballroom (Capri)

12:00-1:30 PM

Keynote Luncheon
(Sponsored by Electrobraid Fence, Inc., and the MRUTC Deer-Vehicle Crash Information Clearinghouse and Sand County Foundation)
Facilitator: Sheila Mone, Caltrans, USA

Featured Speaker: Dr. Bruce Leeson, Senior Environmental Assessment Scientist, Parks Canada - Western Service Centre (Calgary)

Topic: "Beauty and the Beast - Human Dimensions in Ecology and Transportation"

Dr. Bruce Leeson will describe the lessons learned in thirty years of planning and building a highway for people and wildlife in Banff National Park, where the human factor of this undertaking posed far greater challenges than either the ecological science or engineering elements.

International Ballroom (Riviera thru St. Tropez)
1:30-3:00 PM

Session 11A: Poster Session

 


Session 11B: Integrating Transportation and Resource Conservation Planning – Landscapes & Road Networks
(Moderator: Joe Burns, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, USA)

Mediterranean Ballroom (Las Palmas thru Portofino)

 

International Ballroom
(San Marino)

3:00-3:30 PM Break Foyer
3:30-5:00 PM

Session 12A: Poster Session (cont'd)

 


Session 12B: Wildlife Crossings – Planning, Selection, Placement, and Monitoring for Effectiveness
(Moderator: Vicki Sharpe, Florida DOT, USA)

Mediterranean Ballroom (Las Palmas thru Portofino)

 

International Ballroom
(San Marino)

Friday, September 2

7:00-8:30 AM Continental Breakfast Foyer
8:30-10:00 AM

Session 13A: Integrating Transportation and Resource Conservation Planning – Science and Partnerships
(Moderator: Hans Bekker, Ministry of Transport, The Netherlands)

Session 13B: Wildlife Ecology and High Speed Rail
(Sponsored by Defenders of Wildlife)
(Moderator: Cynthia Wilkerson, Defenders of Wildlife, USA)

This session will present general ecological impacts of High Speed Rail, with a focus on both positive elements and drawbacks. An overview of the California High Speed Rail Proposal will be presented and several perspectives on this proposal will explore various implications. The session will culminate with a moderated panel discussion, including the audience, regarding the California proposal.

Presenters include:

  • Bill Gallagher, Rail Operations Consultant, Palm Springs, CA, USA
  • Dick Cameron, Senior Conservation Planner, The Nature Conservancy, San Francisco, CA, USA

International Ballroom (Sorrento thru Capri)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

International Ballroom (Riviera)

10:00-10:30 AM Break Foyer
10:30-11:30 AM

Session 14: Research and Resources - What’s Coming Up?
(Facilitator: Alison Berry, UC-Davis Road Ecology Center, USA)

  • Federal Resource Guide. Eco-Logical: An Ecosystems Approach to Infrastructure Projects (Tom Pettigrew, USDA Forest Service, USA)
  • National Academy of Sciences Report. Assessing and Managing the Ecological Impacts of Paved Roads (Paul Wagner, Washington State DOT, USA)
  • National Highway Institute Course. Stream Impacts and Restoration (Paul Garrett, FHWA Headquarters, USA)
International Ballroom (Sorrento thru Capri)
11:30AM-12:00 PM

Session 15: Conference Wrap-Up, Session Highlights
(Facilitator: Leroy Irwin, Conference Chair)

International Ballroom (Sorrento thru Capri)
12:00 PM ICOET 2005 Adjourns  
 
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