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Environmental Stewardship & Mitigation

Environmental stewardship and compensatory mitigation are two key measures used by the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) to protect the environment. While both use similar techniques, there is a key difference: one is voluntary and one is required.

Environmental stewardship is a voluntary initiative that provides environmental protection and restoration beyond what the law requires.

Compensatory mitigation is required when a highway project will have unavoidable impacts on wetlands, streams, forests and other natural resources.
Our commitment at MDOT SHA is to exceed legal requirements and provide a healthy environment for generations to come. We integrate environmental protection into individual projects and into our long-term plans because we understand that the natural environment is more than individual living organisms; our environment is a collection of habitats critical to sustaining ecosystems. 
Below is in-depth information about SHA’s major stewardship and mitigation programs.

Reforestation and Planting Programs

Invasive Plant Control

Wetlands & Waterways