Michigan Natural Features Inventory partners to win EEI award

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) recognized Michigan State University Extension’s Michigan Natural Features Inventory (MNFI) for its work in development of the “Redbook” for the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT). The Redbook is a compilation of information regarding natural resources and management at 125 sites in highway rights-of-way that MDOT manages for preservation of natural features, including threatened and endangered species. MNFI partnered with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to produce the document. Ed Schools, senior conservation scientist, and Suzan Campbell, conservation associate, led the effort at MNFI. The award was made as part of FHWA’s Exemplary Ecosystems Initiative (EEI) awards program; only seven such awards were made nationwide, with two going to projects in Michigan.

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