The mission of the International Conference on Ecology
and Transportation is to identify and share quality research
applications and best management practices that address
wildlife, habitat, and ecosystem issues related to the delivery
of surface transportation systems. ICOET is the primary
forum for an international gathering of the foremost experts
in the field of transportation development, related scientific
study, and administrative processes that can enhance both
the project development process and the ecological sustainability
of transportation systems.
On May 20–25, 2007, researchers and practitioners
from around the world converged in Little Rock, Arkansas, on the edge
of the Ozarks
Mountains, to share information and experiences around
the conference theme of "Bridging the Gaps, Naturally."
of Little Rock and "The
Natural State" of Arkansas provided outstanding accommodations
and a magnificent natural environment for the conference.
The Ozarks are renowned for their beautiful scenery, streams,
and rivers, including the world famous Wild
and Scenic Buffalo River, the magnificent White
River National Wildlife Refuge, and the resorts at Hot
State Highway and Transportation Department, Little
Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Little
Rock Chamber of Commerce extended a warm welcome to enjoy the unmatched professional exchange at ICOET,
as well as the beautiful and fascinating scenic variety
of Arkansas in the springtime.