Basic Ecology for ICOET Participants
Sunday, May 14, 2017
Sponsored by the U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and ECO-resolutions
Enrollment limited to 50 participants
Workshop fee includes all materials and refreshment break
Adapted from the U.S. Forest Service’s multi-day training course, this 4-hour training introduces ICOET participants to how highways affect terrestrial wildlife, and presents tools for identifying and reducing highway-related impacts to wildlife. The focus is on biological and engineering concepts that are universally useful to practitioners and scientists regardless of where in the world they are applied. The course will be particularly useful to resource management biologists and engineers new to transportation ecology issues, and is designed to prepare participants to gain the most from ICOET.
Presentation and Discussion Topics
Topics covered in the workshop include:
- An overview of wildlife issues and impacts from pre-existing highways and future highway planning, using universal concepts applicable to any geographic area or terrestrial wildlife community;
- Terminology, jargon, and multi-disciplinary challenges and tools in communication especially relative to biologists and engineers in transportation fields, including engineering plan reading tips, tricks and techniques;
- Common structural and nonstructural mitigation solutions currently
deployed to reduce wildlife mortality and maintain habitat connectivity;
- Other natural resource issues and highways, briefly discussed include aquatic organism passage, visual quality objectives, and invasive species;
- International efforts at enhancing consideration for terrestrial wildlife in transportation planning.
Sandra L. Jacobson: Wildlife Biologist, Pacific Southwest Research Station, U.S. Forest Service, Davis, California. Sandra has served with the Forest Service since 1980, and holds a BA in Zoology and MS in Natural Resources/Wildlife from Humboldt State University. As a district wildlife biologist, she managed multiple endangered species including grizzly bears and woodland caribou. Sandra currently serves as a subject matter expert for transportation ecology across the country, and facilitates research on highway projects through the Pacific Southwest Research Station. Her projects have won Exemplary Environmental Initiatives in 2009 and 2012 from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), and was one of the recipients of the 2015 FHWA Environmental Excellence in Leadership Award for ARC (Animal Road Crossings) Solutions. She has worked on projects on 18 National Forests, and was an invited member of six-person international team of experts convened to work on elephant and tiger habitat connectivity in three national parks in the Himalayas, India. She teaches road ecology across the US and internationally. Sandra is a charter member of the Transportation Research Board ADC30 Committee on Ecology and Transportation, and also serves on the Western Governors Association’s Initiative on Wildlife Movement and Crucial Habitat Transportation Team, ARC Solutions Steering Committee, and ICOET Steering Committee.
Darin Martens: Statewide Liaison & Landscape Architect, U.S. Forest Service/Wyoming Department of Transportation/ Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). Darin has worked for the Forest Service since 2002 and holds a BS in Landscape Architecture, and a MA in Facilitation of Collaborative Processes with a Graduate Minor in Environment and Natural Resources. Darin worked for the National Park Service (NPS) from 1993-2002 as a Landscape Architect in the Rocky Mountain Regional Office then Grand Teton National Park; work that included NPS/ FHWA road design projects and visitor services/amenity design in western parks. As Liaison, he coordinates DOT projects on USFS lands, focusing on natural resource impacts and mitigation design, visual quality and reclamation, and planned/constructed of nearly 30 wildlife crossing structures in Northwest Wyoming with WYDOT. Darin has collaborated on projects receiving the Exemplary Environmental Initiatives Award from the FHWA in 2012 and 2015 and has assisted Forests in Wyoming, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, West Virginia and Tennessee with highway reconstruction issues, restoration, mitigation for visual impacts, avalanche mitigation as well as wildlife crossing work and aquatic passage. Darin is a licensed/registered Landscape Architect in Wyoming and a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects. A resident of Jackson, Wyoming, he serves as a Board Member of the local Trout Unlimited Chapter, Jackson Pathways Taskforce, ARC Solutions Steering Committee and is engaged with local wildlife crossings interests. Darin is an avid whitewater river rafter and skier.
Julia Kintsch: Principal & Conservation Ecologist, ECO-resolutions, LLC, Golden, Colorado. Julia is a certified Senior Ecologist endorsed by the Ecological Society of America, and a member of the Colorado Natural Areas Council, and the Transportation Research Board ADC30 Committee on Ecology and Transportation. She earned a master’s degree in resource ecology from Duke University and a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies and German from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Following a career in non-profit conservation, Julia launched her consulting company, ECO-resolutions, in 2008 to integrate wildlife movement considerations into land management and transportation planning. She consults primarily with transportation, wildlife and land management agencies to initiate conservation strategies across large landscapes and develop recommendations for mitigating road-wildlife conflicts. Julia has received awards for her work in conservation planning, and is recognized as an expert in wildlife crossing siting and design, developing guidelines and recommendations for road-wildlife mitigation, and researching the effectiveness of wildlife mitigation. She also teaches workshops to improve discourse and information sharing among diverse disciplines, and works to integrate the knowledge, interests and concerns of biologists, planners and engineers.
Photo Credit: Elk on Road image by George Andrejko, Arizona Game and Fish Department. Arboreal crossing courtesy of Panthera.org, Costa Rica.