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66 Appendix A Survey Instrument Dear : I am conducting a survey for the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) to learn more about biological survey needs and innovations. Please forward this e-mail to the member of your staff in the best position to respond to this survey. Survey responses should be sent to by March 26, 2008. Responses will be kept in strict- est confidence; only aggregated data will be reported. Introduction State transportation agencies need to collect biological resource data to assist in transportation planning, design, construction, and maintenance that may be difficult to obtain and process in a timely and cost effective manner. The goal of this survey is to learn about biological survey needs that are not being met, and identify technologies and techniques recently available to ful- fill those needs, including data collection, data analysis, and information delivery. The information you provide will become part of a synthesis report that will assist both transportation and natural resource officials responsible for planning, designing, constructing, operating, and maintaining projects in an environmentally sensitive and fiscally responsible manner. Contact Information State: __________________________________________________________________ Name: __________________________________________________________________ Mailing Address: _________________________________________________________ E-mail Address: __________________________________________________________ Phone Number: ___________________________________________________________ Survey Questions 1. What are the most-pressing unmet needs for environmental surveys that are necessary to assist in transportation plan- ning, design, construction, and maintenance? These include data collection needs, analyses, and the ability to transfer the information to professionals. Please provide needs concerning: Habitats, plants, fish, and wildlife, either specific species or in general: Ecosystems such as wetlands, landscapes, and other unique biological assemblages: Ecological processes such as water, disturbance forces, global warming: 2. This research will also bring together information on recent advances in environmental survey methods such as new uses of GIS data and technologies such as using genetic markers in scat to identify presence of sensitive species. Could you please tell me about recent advances and innovations that show promise in helping transportation planning and other are- nas to better consider ecological resources? These methods may be in use or under exploration. Please provide a description and perhaps related websites and other resources. Thank you for your participation. You will be sent a copy of this research's final report when it is published next year, using your return email address.