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4-16-12 Green Drinks Valparaiso: Abby Corso from the Delta Institute is our featured speaker. Abby is the Senior Director, Sustainability Services at the Delta Institute. ...

4-16-12 Green Drinks Valparaiso: Abby Corso from the Delta Institute is our featured speaker. Abby is the Senior Director, Sustainability Services at the Delta Institute.

Since 2008, The Delta Institute has facilitated a Transportation and Environmental Collaboration Initiative in Northwest Indiana (working with local partners Shirley Heinz Land Trust and Save the Dunes). Through the Chicago Wilderness Sustainability team and working with local partners, Delta has developed local stakeholder groups, hosted a series of educational workshops, developed consensus-driven natural resource prioritization maps, and developed and implemented an outreach plan grounded in the work of those local stakeholder groups.

The result of this project is a series of maps identifying high priority environmental areas that should be considered as part of any planning activity.

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  • The work is a project of Chicago Wilderness and the Sustainability Team. It was started in the spring of 2008 and has evolved into a highly functioning framework that is now in two geographies: McHenry County IL and Northwest Indiana.
  • Delta’s work with the local partners Shirley Heinze Land Trust and Save the Dunes, really focuses on all 3 of these goals by Building capacity of local organizations to understand the transportation planning process;Develop tools like maps to engage transportation planners about environmental assets; and Create alignment among local stakeholders to provide a unified and defensible vision to processes such as transportation planning process.
  • local partners’ role=lead local stakeholders
  • 18 groups participated in our meetings and contributed to the development of the priorities.
  • List of layers making up the regional map. The ranking for each was decided by the stakeholder group.
  • A regional view of the resource map with FHWA long-term projects highlighted.
  • This map shows a very incorrect bypass route. We are working on an updated version.
  • Which of these are in our baselayers?

Transportation and Environmental Collaboration Initiative Transportation and Environmental Collaboration Initiative Presentation Transcript

  • Since 2008, The Delta Institute has facilitated a Transportation and EnvironmentalCollaboration Initiative in McHenry County, IL (working with local partners McHenry County Defenders and The Land Conservancy of McHenry County) and in Northwest Indiana(working with local partners Shirley Heinz Land Trust and Save the Dunes). The primary goalof the Initiative is to strengthen relationships between environmentalists and transportation professionals to ensure a balanced and informed dialogue between both groups. Through the Chicago Wilderness Sustainability team and working with local partners, Delta has developed local stakeholder groups, hosted a series of educational workshops, developedconsensus-driven natural resource prioritization maps, and developed and implemented an outreach plan grounded in the work of those local stakeholder groups.
  • NORTHWEST INDIANAPRIORITY RESOURCEOUTREACH MEETINGApril 16, 2012
  • Overview - History Started in Chicago Wilderness Sustainability Team Focus on preparing unified map that shows collective agreement on natural resource priorities in managing future road projects. Northwest Indiana selected to focus on future growth Worked with local partners
  • Project Mission Work with Chicago Wilderness partners in the region to improve understanding and consideration of sensitive natural resources (and the Green Infrastructure Vision) in planning and design for significant surface transportation projects Facilitate understanding and agreement on resource protection priorities and conduct education on transportation funding and project development process with local environmental stakeholders
  • Project Goals Educate transportation professionals about environmental resources Educate local environmental stakeholders on the transportation funding & project development process Develop tools to facilitate early engagement between environmentalists and transportation planners
  • Feedback from TransportationPlanners  Environmental experts have been key in identifying critical resource protection areas and coming up with alternatives.  Environmental groups are not unified (don’t know what they want or don’t agree on what they want).  Environmental groups are one of a number of stakeholder groups and don’t always do a good job of reaching out to other stakeholders  Environmental agencies and groups are not always on the same page
  • Project Background & Timeline Developed out of Chicago Wilderness Sustainability team July 2008 - Workshop with 60 attendees  Transportation professionals  Environmental Resource Agencies  Local environmental stakeholders 2009 Work Plan  Developed from stakeholder feedback and implemented project in McHenry County  Conducted 4 workshops and meetings  Identified additional partners
  • Timeline (con’t) 2010 Work Plan  Engaged local partners  McHenry County, IL: Defenders and Land Conservancy  Northwest Indiana: Shirley Heinze  Set priorities for conservation and protection  Developed criteria with stakeholder group  Host educational workshops 2011 Work Plan  Continue engagement with local partners  Added local partner Save the Dunes in Northwest Indiana  Refine priorities and develop outreach strategy  Host relevant educational webinars for region
  • Overview - Leaders Shirley Heinze Land Trust Save the Dunes Chicago State University (GIS consultant) Delta Institute (Facilitators)
  • Local Partners
  • Stakeholder Participants Calumet Stewardship  NIRPC Initiative Chicago Wilderness Trust  Southeast Environmental Board Task Force Department of Natural  The Nature Conservancy Resources, Division of Southern Lake Michigan Nature Preserves Rim Project Illinois-Indiana SeaGrant Purdue  US Fish and Wildlife Indiana Lake Michigan Service Coastal Program  Wildlife Habitat Council La Porte County  Woodland Savanna Land Conservation Trust Conservancy Lake County Fish and Game  Chicago State University LaPorte County Parks  Field Museum
  • PRIORITY RESOURCEMAPSFocus Areas
  • Map Components Map Legend Project background Caveats  Data Gaps  Other Local Resource Information  Best Practices for ALL areas of concern regardless of priority ranking  Need for GIS training and map updates.
  • GIS Ranking SystemHydrography – High Priority 1pt USGS rivers and streamsHydrography buffer 4pts 100-foot buffer of rivers and streamsIndiana Managed Lands 2pts Land already in protection statusIndiana Managed Lands Buffer 5pts .25mi buffer of Indiana protected landIDNR Trails 2pts If not contained in Indiana Managed Lands layerConservation Easements 2pts Parcels of land protected from developmentFloodplains (FEMA and Lake County, IN) 3pts Areas prone to flooding, as designated byFEMAADID (Advanced ID of Disposal) 5pts Wetlands not suitable for disposalNational Wetland Inventory 3pts US Fish & Wildlife Service-mapped wetlandsNational Wetland Inventory buffer 3pts Half-mile buffer of national wetland inventoryNIRPC Greenways and Blueways 3pts Corridors of open space developed by NIRPCThreatened and Endangered Species 5pts IDNR Natural Heritage dataHeritage Plants 5pts IDNR native plants mapIBI (Indiana Biodiversity Initiative) 5pts Coastal & Estuarine Lands ConservationHydric Soils 1pt NRCS hydric soils dataClassified Forests and Wildlands 4pts Private lands in IDNR classified forest and wetlandprogram2006 Land Cover non-agricultural 3pts Lands classified as non-agriculturalIDNR Salmonid Streams 1pt Streams capable of supporting salmonid speciesCCAP Forest Fragmentation 5pts Coastal Change Analysis ProgramTotal 60pts
  • Maps - Overview
  • Future Transportation Projects
  • RESOURCES
  • Resources Chicago Wilderness Green Infrastructure Vision & related resources Dept of Interior Road Guidelines NIRPC Blueways and Greenways Plan Shirley Heinze Land Trust Uplands Inventory Nature Conservancy Protected Areas Other Resources
  • Upcoming Webinar Series Transportation Planning & Environmental Collaboration Spring Webinar Series April 18th, May 16th, June 20th A four-part webinar series to examine the ways in which transportation professionals and environmentalists can work together to conserve natural resources while meeting todays growing transportation needs. List of Events and Dates State-Level Transportation Planning and Toolkits for IL and IN - April 18th Green Infrastructure Vision2.0 Preview - May 16th Local Project Showcase: McHenry County and Northwest Indiana - June 20th Federal Transportation Perspectives and Tools - Date TBD