Objective Sponsors Final Agenda Proceedings Conference Facility

The 2007 International Conference
on Ecology & Transportation
Little Rock, Arkansas

May 20-25, 2007
"Bridging the Gaps, Naturally"

Bridging the Gaps Naturally

Final Agenda with Abstracts and Media Clips

ICOET 2007 was a five-day event comprising more than 150 technical presentations, posters and exhibits, along with two full-day field trips, which surveyed the broad range of ecological concerns related to surface transportation. Approximately 350 participants attended the conference with a total of 14 countries represented on the ICOET 2007 program.

Links to presentation abstracts and video/audio media clips, where available, are provided below.

Click here to download the Final Agenda day-by-day schedule with color legend. (PDF, 24 pages, 148 KB)

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Welcome Session Conference Welcome and Opening Remarks Media Clips
Mon., May 21

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  • Leroy Irwin, Chair, ICOET 2007 (Moderator)
  • James Martin, Associate Director, CTE
  • Mike Beebe, Governor of Arkansas
  • Dan Flowers, Director, Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department
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[Technical Sessions] [Poster Sessions] [Field Trips] [Exhibits] [Special Events] [Business Meetings]

Technical Sessions
Session Session Title and Presentations Media Clips
(if available)
Session 1 (Plenary): Mon., 9:15-10:00 AM

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    Update on U.S. and International Activities:
  • Hans Bekker, Liaison, Infra Eco Network of Europe (Moderator)
  • Rodney van der Ree, Ecologist, Australian Research Centre for Urban Ecology
  • Rodger Schlickeisen, President, Defenders of Wildlife
  • Nancy Lee, Branch Chief, Advanced Planning and Habitat Conservation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Carol Adkins, Water and Ecosystems Team Leader, Federal Highway Administration

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Session 2 (Plenary): Mon., 10:30 AM-12:00 PM

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Session 3A (Concurrent): Mon., 1:30-3:00 PM  
Session 3B (Concurrent): Mon., 1:30-3:00 PM  
Session 3C (Concurrent): Mon., 1:30-3:00 PM  

Session 4A (Concurrent): Mon., 3:30-5:00 PM


Session 4B (Concurrent): Mon., 3:30-5:00 PM

Session 4C (Concurrent): Mon., 3:30-5:00 PM  
Session 5A (Concurrent): Tues., 8:30-10:00 AM

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Session 5B (Concurrent): Tues., 8:30-10:00 AM


Session 6A (Concurrent): Tues., 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM


Session 6B (Concurrent): Tues., 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Session 7A (Concurrent): Tues., 1:30-3:00 PM Poster Session CTE

Session 7B (Concurrent): Tues., 1:30-3:00 PM

Session 8A (Concurrent): Tues., 1:30-5:00 PM Poster Session CTE
Session 8B (Concurrent): Tues., 3:30-5:00 PM

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Session 9A (Concurrent): Thur., 8:30-10:00 AM  
Session 9B (Concurrent): Thur., 8:30-10:00 AM  
Session 10A (Concurrent): Thur., 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM  
Session 10B (Concurrent): Thur., 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM  
Session 11A (Concurrent): Thur., 1:30-5:00 PM Poster Session CTE

Session 11B (Concurrent): Thur., 1:30-3:00 PM

Session 11C (Concurrent): Thur., 1:30-3:00 PM  
Session 12A (Concurrent): Thur., 1:30-5:00 PM Poster Session CTE

Session 12B (Concurrent): Thur., 3:30-5:00 PM


Session 12C (Concurrent): Thur., 3:30-5:00 PM


Session 13A (Concurrent): Fri., 8:30-10:00 AM

Session 13B (Concurrent): Fri., 8:30-10:00 AM  
Session 14 (Plenary): Fri., 10:30-11:45 AM
    Environmental Considerations in Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs):
  • Moderator: David Williams, Vice President/ Senior Program Manager, Carter-Burgess
  • Randy Blankenhorn, Executive Director, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning
    Highly respected by the FWS as the leading planner for one of the largest U.S. metropolitan areas, Mr. Blankenhorn described his philosophy and experiences, including how to manage traffic congestion, from over two decades of partnering with Federal, state and local agencies. He described the potential roles that PPPs can play, now and in the future. CMAP is a new regional agency created by merging metropolitan Chicago's previously separate organizations for land-use and transportation planning.
  • Bruce A. Stein, Vice President and Chief Scientist, NatureServe
    Dr. Stein shared his organization's experience in incorporating ecological considerations into transportation, infrastructure planning, and resource management efforts. NatureServe coordinates a nationwide public-private partnership that provides scientific information and technology tools at local, regional, and national scales. These information products and services are designed to help agencies and private-sector industries not only meet legal requirements, but to go beyond compliance and promote positive conservation outcomes. In particular, decision support tools, such as NatureServe Vista software, can provide agencies and private investors with a defensible and transparent means to understand ecological values and reduce environmental and project risks.
  • David Greenblatt, Analyst, Living Cities Program, Environmental Defense
    Mr. Greenblatt discussed why a public-private partnership on a toll road is not necessarily a good or bad proposition. Well-designed PPP deals have the potential to save motorists time, raise revenue, boost transit choices, and curb fuel use and emissions. The flip side is that PPPs can also spur pollution, fragment the transportation network and facilitate sprawl for years to come. The final outcomes of a PPP depend, in large part, on what a public agency is contracting for. Is the goal simply to increase short-term cash flow? Or is it to create better, more sustainable communities for all? Or some combination thereof?
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Session 15 (Plenary): Fri., 11:45 AM - 12:00 PM

    Conference Wrap-Up:
    Leroy Irwin, 2007 Conference Chair
    Paul Wagner, Washington State DOT, 2009 Conference Chair
  • Session Highlights
  • Local Host Recognition
  • ICOET 2009 Announcement

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Poster Sessions
Session 7A/8A:
Poster Session
(Tues., 1:30-5:00 PM)
  1. Culvert Retrofit Testing (Christopher May, Battelle PNNL, Sequim, WA, USA)
  2. Long-Term Consequences of Winter Road Management Practices to Water Quality at High-Altitude Lakes Within the Adirondack State Park (New York State) (Tom Langen, Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY, USA)
  3. Freshwater Mussel (Mollusca:unionidae) Habitat Variability and Movement Patterns Following Relocation: A Case Study of Potamilus capax (David Baldridge, Arkansas State University, State University, AR, USA)
  4. New International Efforts for Freshwater Research, Education, and Conservation: A Report from the Society for Conservation Biology’s Freshwater Working Group (Nathaniel Hitt, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, USA)
  5. Lessons and Experiences from Stream Restoration Project in the Piedmont of North Carolina (Thomas Barrett, Mulkey Engineers and Consultants, Inc., Raleigh, NC, USA)
  6. Road Decommissioning: Minimizing the Adverse Ecological Effects of Roads in European Agricultural Landscapes (Lisa Dolan, University College Cork, Cork City, Cork, Ireland)
  7. Salmon Resource and Sensitive Area Mapping Project: A Model for Integrating a Natural Resource GIS with Transportation Planning and Operations (Robert Carson, Mason, Bruce & Girard, Inc., Portland, OR, USA)
  8. Roadkill and Landscape Scales on the Californian Central Coast (Jordi Puig, University of Navarra, Pamplona, Navarra, Spain)
  9. Making Environmental Sustainability for Transportation Infrastructure a Reality: The Environmental Enhancement Fund in British Columbia (Leonard Sielecki, British Columbia Ministry of Transportation, Victoria, BC, Canada)
  10. GIS-based Identification of Habitat Cores and Corridors for Virginia DOT Project Planning and Environmental Scoping (Bridget Donaldson, Virginia Transportation Research Council, Charlottesville, VA, USA)
  11. Simulation-Optimization Framework to Support Sustainable Watershed Development by Mimicking the Pre-Development Flow Regime (Emily Zechman, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, USA)
  12. Forest Service Back Roads: Utilization of GPS/GIS Technology for Acquiring Road Infrastructure Data in the Ozark-St. Francis National Forests (Benjamin Gentry, Ozark-St. Francis National Forest, Russellville, AR, USA)
  13. Bats and Bridges: Promoting Species Conservation through Early Multi-agency Planning (Zak Toledo, HDR Engineering, Inc., Salem, OR, USA)
  14. Riparian Restoration Plan for Stormwater Flow Control Management (Carl Ward, Washington State DOT, Olympia, WA, USA)
  15. Summary of the 2006 Linking Conservation and Transportation Workshops (Patricia White, Defenders of Wildlife, Washington, DC, USA)
  16. Wildlife Use of Open and Decommissioned Roads on the Clearwater National Forest, ID (Adam Switalski, Wildlands CPR, Missoula, MT, USA)
  17. Wildlife Mitigation and Human Safety for Sterling Highway Milepost 58-79, Kenai Peninsula, AK (Richard Ernst, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Soldotna, AK, USA)

Interactive Poster Displays (“Electronic Boutique”)

  1. Process Design for Collaboration: An Innovative Approach to Redesigning the Environmental Review Process for Transportation Projects in Tennessee (Tom Crawford, Praxis Northwest, LLC, Olympia, WA, USA)
  2. Web-based Approach to Compliance Reporting for Caltrans (Ivy Edmonds-Hess, Parsons Brinckerhoff, San Francisco, CA, USA)
  3. Efficient Transportation Decision Public Web Site: Bridging the Gap between Transportation Planning and the Public (Ruth Roaza, URS, Tallahassee, FL, USA)
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Session 11A/12A:
Poster Session

(Thur., 1:30-5:00 PM)
  1. Relating Vehicle-Wildlife Crash Rates to Roadway Improvements (Rhonda Young, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY, USA)
  2. Validation of a Citizen-Science Highway Wildlife Monitoring Program (Kylie Paul, University of Montana, Missoula, MT, USA)
  3. Summary of Strategic Agenda for Deer-Vehicle Crash Reduction: Data Collection, Research, Funding, Partnerships, and Technology Transfer (Keith Knapp, Texas Transportation Institute, College Station, TX, USA)
  4. Effectiveness of Black Bear Crossings on I-26 in Madison County, North Carolina (Elizabeth Jones, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, USA)
  5. Limited Applications of Wildlife-Vehicle Collision Analyses for Transportation Planning and Mitigation Efforts Due to Spatial Inaccuracy (Kari Gunson, College of Environmental Studies and Forestry, Baldwinsville, NY, USA)
  6. Overview of Recent Deer-Vehicle Collision Research in Arkansas (Philip Tappe, University of Arkansas at Monticello, Monticello, AR, USA)
  7. Highway Median Impacts on Wildlife Movement and Mortality (Angela Kociolek, Western Transportation Institute, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT, USA)
  8. Assessment of Field Method Efficacy to Monitor Wildlife Presence on Interstate 70 at Vail Pass (Paige Bonaker, Environmental Studies Program, University of Montana, Missoula, MT, USA)
  9. Alternative to the Openness Ratio for Wildlife Crossing Structures Using Structure Physical Attributes and Behavioral Implications of Deer Vision and Hearing Capabilities (Sandra Jacobson, USDA Forest Service, Arcata, CA, USA)
  10. Effects of a Purpose-Built Underpass on Wildlife Activity and Traffic-Related Mortality in Southern California (David Elliott, California State at Fullerton, Fullerton, CA, USA)
  11. Effects of US 1 Highway Improvements on Florida Key Deer Mortality (Israel Parker, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, USA)
  12. Evaluating the Conservation Benefits of Wildlife Crossing Structures for Grizzly and Black Bear Populations in Banff National Park Using Noninvasive Genetic Sampling (Michael Sawaya, Western Transportation Institute, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT, USA)
  13. Review of the Broad Effects Generated by Roads on Herpetofauna (Denim Jochimsen, School of Biological Sciences, Washington State University, Pullman, WA, USA)
  14. On the Road with Herps: The Importance of Asking for Directions (Kimberly Andrews, University of Georgia, Aiken, SC, USA)
  15. Assessing the Stone Marten’s Patch Occupancy in Fragmented Landscapes and Its Relation to Road-Killing Occurrences (Fernando Ascensao, Faculdade de Ciaencias da Universidade de Lisboa, Lisboa, Portugal)

Interactive Poster Displays (“Electronic Boutique”)

  1. Development of a Bald Eagle Habitat Assessment Tool and Its Application in Highway Planning (James Hatchitt, ARMASI Inc., Gainesville, FL, USA)
  2. Analytical Framework for Wildlife Crossing Policy in California (James Quinn, University of California Davis, Davis, CA, USA)
  3. Pre-assessment of Wildlife Movement Patterns in a Forested Habitat Prior to Highway Development – Prioritizing Methods for Data Collection to Couple Local and Landscape Information for the Development of Statistical Models (Kerry R. Foresman and Michael Krebs, The University of Montana, Missoula, MT, USA)

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Field Trips (Organized By Arkansas HTD)
Option #1
Wed., May 23, 2007

White River Bridge Replacement, Clarendon, AR

Option #2
Wed., May 23, 2007

Rixey Bayou Wetlands Mitigation Area and Fourche Creek Watershed Restoration Project/ Little Rock Audubon Nature Center

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Sponsor Type Organization Name
Official Sponsor FHWA Headquarters
Official Sponsor FHWA Resource Center
Official Sponsor U.S Environmental Protection Agency
Official Sponsor U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Official Sponsor Humane Society of the United States
Official Sponsor Defenders of Wildlife
Official Sponsor Washington State DOT
Official Sponsor Center for Transportation and the Environment
Official Co-Sponsor Society for Conservation Biology
Gold Sponsor HDR Engineering, Inc. - One Company, Many Solutions
Silver Sponsor URS Corporation
Silver Sponsor The Nature Conservancy
Silver Sponsor ARCADIS-US/NL
Bronze Sponsor Michael Baker Jr., Inc.
Bronze Sponsor Mulkey Engineers & Consultants, Inc.
Bronze Sponsor Electrobraid Fence, Inc.
Bronze Sponsor EMS Scientists, Engineers, Planners, Inc.
Bronze Sponsor Engineering Compliance & Construction, Inc.
Bronze Sponsor RPM EcoSystems, LLC
Exhibitor Only AASHTO Center for Environmental Excellence
Exhibitor Only Westervelt Ecological Services
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Special Events*
Date/Time Courtesy Of Event
May 19-20 AHTD

Float Trips on the Buffalo National River. Location: Outdoor Adventure (Contact Mitch Wine, FWS Liaison to AHTD)

Walk or Bike the Arkansas River Trail.

May 21
6:00-8:00 PM
URS Corporation
The Nature Conservancy
ICOET 2007 International Welcome Reception
Location: William J. Clinton Presidential Library & Museum
May 22

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FHWA 2007 FHWA Environmental Excellence Awards Program Awards Ceremony and Luncheon

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FHWA Administrator Richard Capka Comments on the importance of ICOET and its partnership with the Environmental Excellence Awards.

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May 23
6:00-9:00 PM
HDR Engineering, Inc.
Garver Engineers
Historic Preservation Associates
Little Rock Barbecue Dinner
Location: The Little Rock Museum of Discovery
May 24
12:00-1:30 PM
Electrobraid Fence, Inc.
EMS Scientists, Engineers, Planners, Inc.
Engineering Compliance & Construction, Inc.
Michael Baker Jr., Inc.
Mulkey Engineers & Consultants, Inc.
RPM EcoSystems, LLC
ICOET Keynote Luncheon Featuring Mr. Jim Martin, Conservation Director, Berkley Conservation Institute, Pure Fishing

Topic: "Leadership--A Tale of Six Mentors"
Location: Statehouse Convention Center
* With the exception of the May 19-20 Float Trips, these special events were included in each participant's registration and accessible by display of conference name badge.

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Business Meetings*
Date/Time Meeting
Sunday, May 20
7:30-9:30 PM

ICOET 2007 Steering Committee Meeting
Contact: Leroy Irwin, Conference Chair

Monday, May 21
12:00-1:30 PM
Defenders of Wildlife Working Lunch
Getting Up To Speed: A Symposium on Wildlife and Transportation for Advocates
Contact: Trisha White, Defenders of Wildlife
Tuesday, May 22
7:00-9:30 PM
TRB Committee on Ecology and Transportation (ADC30) Meeting
Contact: Tom Linkous, Committee Chair
Tuesday, May 22
7:00-9:30 PM
Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (PARC) Roads Task Force Meeting
Contact: Kimberly Andrews, University of Georgia
Thursday, May 24
7:00-8:30 AM
Society for Conservation Biology (SCB) Board Meeting
Contact: Reed Noss, University of Central Florida/SCB-North American Chapter
Thursday, May 24
7:00-8:30 AM
California Road Ecology Workshop
Contact: Katie Benouar, UC-Davis Road Ecology Center
Thursday, May 24
5:30-7:00 PM
SCB-North American Section Business Meeting
Contact: Reed Noss, University of Central Florida/SCB-North American Chapter
* These business meetings were conducted in conjunction with ICOET 2007 and were not part of the official conference program.

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This page was last updated 9/12/2007.

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