Evaluation of Effectiveness and Cost-Benefits of Woolen Roadside Reclamation Products Webinar

  • Evaluation of Effectiveness and Cost-Benefits of Woolen Roadside Reclamation Products
  • 03/29/2018

Presenter(s)

  • Rob Ament

  • Western Transportation Institute
  • Montana State University

Abstract

Wool has been used by humans for millennia for clothing, blankets, and even for housing like the yurts of central Asia. This project took a fresh look at wool and explored its potential for incorporation in erosion control blankets (ECBs) and to increase the establishment of vegetation along Montana roadsides after highway construction or other right-of-way disturbance. A research team from the Western Transportation Institute (WTI) and its partner KC Harvey Environmental, LLC, explored the use of woolen products for roadside reclamation. The project targets the use of low quality wool that is substandard or unmarketable, thus offering both environmental and economic benefits.

Speaker Bio(s)

Rob Ament, M.Sc. – Biological Sciences, Road Ecology Program Manager, Western Transportation Institute – Montana State University. Rob has more than 30 years of experience in ecology, natural resource management, environmental policy and organizational development. At WTI, Rob leads our efforts to research, monitor and develop solutions to minimize the impacts of roads on the natural environment – wildlife, aquatics, vegetation - and to develop new technologies. He is the principal investigator of several research projects and oversees 8 staff in three offices in western North America that are working on 20 active research projects.

He was an expert panelist for the development of a synthesis report on new technologies for environmental surveys via the National Cooperative Highway Research Program. He is on the Steering Committee for the International Conference on Ecology and Transportation, a member of the Stakeholders Advisory Group for the Western Governors’ Association’s Wildlife Corridors and Crucial Habitats Initiative, in 2013 he was invited to judge the FHWA’s biennial Environmental Excellence Awards and was elected to Montana State University’s Sustainability Advisory Council.

 

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