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What is Ecological?

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Eco-Logical is an online mapping tool that gives planners an opportunity to identify valuable environmental resources within the region.

Planning for growth and mobility while preserving the region's ecological diversity is a challenge. Eco-Logical is designed to help with this task.

Eco-Logical Tool Benefits

  • Roadway designers can save time and money by using this free decision-making tool to identify potential environmental concerns early in the project development process.
  • Conservation groups can use Eco-Logical to help identify and focus efforts on protecting high-priority environmental resources in the region.
  • For more information, please visit the Federal Highway Administration's Eco-Logical website.

Eco-Logical Methodology

H-GAC's work on the regional Eco-Logical project stems from a national effort of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to develop a framework for infrastructure planning.

H-GAC convened an Eco-Logical Advisory Committee (EAC) to guide in the development of the tool.

The EAC consisted of environmental professionals from federal and state resource agencies, and other conservation organizations.

For more information, visit the FHWA Eco-Logical Website or view H-GAC's Methodology in the Eco-Logical Report to FWHA.

EAC Members

Galveston Bay Estuary Program

Harris County Flood Control District

Houston Advanced Research Center

Houston-Galveston Area Council

Katy Prairie Conservancy

Legacy Land Trust

Texas Forest Service

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

Texas Sea Grant/Texas Coastal Watershed Program

The Nature Conservancy

The Park People

The Trust for Public Land

US Fish and Wildlife Service

This material is based upon work supported by Federal Highway Administration under Cooperative Agreement No. DTFH61-08-H-00011. Financial support was also provided by Galveston Bay Estuary Program, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and National Association of Regional Councils.

Additional support was provided by:

Sea Grant Texas
Sea Grant Texas

Texas Forest Service


The Eco-Logical interactive tool is for informational purposes and may not have been prepared for or be suitable for legal, engineering, or surveying purposes.  The information in this tool does not represent an on-the-ground survey and represents only the approximate relative location of property boundaries.  Mapping may not reflect on the ground conditions.  The Houston-Galveston Area Council makes no further claims as to the accuracy or reliability of the data, and neither assumes nor will accept liability for their use.  The Eco-Logical methodology report and tool are copyright of H-GAC and should not be sold, reproduced, or published without the written consent of H-GAC.  Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this publication do not necessarily reflect the view of the Federal Highway Administration.

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