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NATIONAL COOPERATIVE HIGHWAY RESEARCH PROGRAM NCHRP Synthesis 400 New Approaches to Ecological Surveys A Synthesis of Highway Practice Consultant PATRICIA C. CRAMER Utah State University Logan, Utah S ubject A reas Planning and Administration and Highway and Facility Design Research Sponsored by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials in Cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH BOARD WASHINGTON, D.C. 2009 www.TRB.org

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NATIONAL COOPERATIVE HIGHWAY RESEARCH PROGRAM NCHRP SYNTHESIS 400 Systematic, well-designed research provides the most effective Project 20-5 (Topic 39-12) approach to the solution of many problems facing highway administra- ISSN 0547-5570 tors and engineers. Often, highway problems are of local interest and ISBN 978-0-309-09843-4 can best be studied by highway departments individually or in coop- Library of Congress Control No. 2009928790 eration with their state universities and others. However, the accelerat- ing growth of highway transportation develops increasingly complex problems of wide interest to highway authorities. 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