WSDOT: Balancing Washington’s Transportation Needs with Stewardship of Natural Resources
Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) has seen steady change in the demands on the state's transportation infrastructure and, significantly, Washington citizens expect the agency to show good stewardship of natural resources. Regulations that reflect these public expectations affect WSDOT's activities. Some WSDOT projects are developed specifically to provide better stewardship and all highway improvement projects are intended to leave the environment better than before. Examples of stewardship include the I-90 Snoqualmie Pass East project, WSDOT's pollinator initiative, and the outcomes of WSDOT's fish barrier correction projects.
Kelly McAllister is a lifelong resident of western Washington and graduate of the University of Washington's College of Fisheries. He has worked as a biologist for the State of Washington since January 1980. He started his career with the Nongame Program of the Washington Department of Game, working on recovery of threatened and endangered species. He was the Department of Fish and Wildlife's District Wildlife Biologist for Pierce and Thurston Counties for ten years before taking the job of Habitat Connectivity Biologist for the Washington State Department of Transportation, a position he has held for the past ten years. Kelly's work at WSDOT is focused on making the state's highways better for wildlife through establishing priorities for investments in new infrastructure and developing specific highway improvement projects, most of which include elements of barrier fencing and wildlife crossing structures.
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