by Tom Kaye — last modified May 22, 2012
ODOT and partners receive “Exemplary Ecosystem Initiative” awards for two projects in Oregon
The Federal Highways Administration has awarded the Oregon Department of Transportation and its partners “Exemplary Ecosystem Initiative” awards for the Oregon 18: Fort Hill to Wallace Bridge Project (for preserving the endangered Nelson’s checkermallow plant) and the ODOT Strategy for Migratory Bird Management and Conservation Program (a strategy to minimize the effects of transportation projects on migratory birds and nesting areas). In April, the partners who worked on the projects gathered to celebrate, and FHWA officially presented the awards.
LEFT: Frannie Brindle, Region 2 Area 5 manager, holds the FHWA award. Joining her are Region 2 Interim Biologist Chris Maguire (bottom, second from right) and Interim Natural Resources Unit Manager John Raasch (top row, second from right).
RIGHT: ODOT Geo-Environmental’s Mike Shippey (top row, far right) and Steven Gisler of Region 2’s Environmental Unit (bottom row, holding the award) are joined by their award partners and FHWA’s Phil Ditzler (far right, bottom). Melanie Gisler from IAE is second from the left in the first row and Tom Kaye from is second from the left in the top row.