Road Ecology

Road Ecology

Science and Solutions

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Richard T.T. Forman, Daniel Sperling, John A. Bissonette, Anthony P. Clevenger, Carol D. Cutshall, Virginia H. Dale, Lenore Fahrig, Robert L. France, Charles R. Goldman, Kevin Heanue, Julia Jones, Frederick Swanson, Thomas Turrentine, and Thomas C. Winter

504 pages pages | 6 X 9


A central goal of transportation is the delivery of safe and efficient services with minimal environmental impact. In practice, though, human mobility has flourished while nature has suffered. Awareness of the environmental impacts of roads is increasing, yet information remains scarce for those interested in studying, understanding, or minimizing the ecological effects of roads and vehicles.

Road Ecology addresses that shortcoming by elevating previously localized and fragmented knowledge into a broad and inclusive framework for understanding and developing solutions. The book brings together fourteen leading ecologists and transportation experts to articulate state-of-the-science road ecology principles, and presents specific examples that demonstrate the application of those principles. Diverse theories, concepts, and models in the new field of road ecology are integrated to establish a coherent framework for transportation policy, planning, and projects. Topics examined include:


  • foundations of road ecology
  • roads, vehicles, and transportation planning
  • vegetation and roadsides
  • wildlife populations and mitigation
  • water, sediment, and chemical flows
  • aquatic ecosystems
  • wind, noise, and atmospheric effects
  • road networks and landscape fragmentation
Road Ecology links ecological theories and concepts with transportation planning, engineering, and travel behavior. With more than 100 illustrations and examples from around the world, it is an indispensable and pioneering work for anyone involved with transportation, including practitioners and planners in state and province transportation departments, federal agencies, and nongovernmental organizations. The book also opens up an important new research frontier for ecologists.

"How many contributors does it take to provide the best thinking and research about how our road systems and our natural environment can coexist? In the case of Road Ecology: Science and Solutions?the answer is 14?. For any planner who deals with natural areas, this book offers a thoughtful and thought-provoking introduction to an unjustifiably neglected field."

Planning

"?this volume focuses on bringing together information from disparate fields into a coherent framework, accessible to transportation planners as well as ecologists."

Conservation in Practice
Foreword \ Thomas B. Deen

Preface

Acknowledgments

The Metric System in North America

 

PART I. Roads Vehicles and Ecology

Chapter 1. Foundations of Road Ecology

Chapter 2. Roads 

Chapter 3. Vehicles and Planning

 

PART II. Vegetation and Wildlife

Chapter 4. Roadsides and Vegetation

Chapter 5. Wildlife Populations 

Chapter 6. Mitigation for Wildlife 

 

PART III. Water, Chemicals and Atmosphere

Chapter 7. Water and Sediment Flows 

Chapter 8. Chemicals along Roads

Chapter 9. Aquatic Ecosystems

Chapter 10. Wind and Atmospheric Effects

 

PART IV. Road Systems and Further Perspectives

Chapter 11. Road Systems Linked with the Land

Chapter 12. The Four Landscapes with Major

Chapter 13. Roads and Vehicles in Natural Landscapes

Chapter 14. Further Perspectives

 

Bibliography

About the Authors

Index

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"How many contributors does it take to provide the best thinking and research about how our road systems and our natural environment can coexist? In the case of Road Ecology: Science and Solutions?the answer is 14?. For any planner who deals with natural areas, this book offers a thoughtful and thought-provoking introduction to an unjustifiably neglected field."

Planning

"?this volume focuses on bringing together information from disparate fields into a coherent framework, accessible to transportation planners as well as ecologists."

Conservation in Practice
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