Did you know the Texas Department of Transportation is a world leader in providing bat habitat? Join us at this session to learn about this program and more that TxDOT does to protect and enhance Texas’ natural and human environments as part of the state’s transportation program. TxDOT is partnering with organizations across the state to share stories of environmental excellence. This session will explore the ways that TxDOT interacts with the environment and how you can be involved in our environmental initiatives. Learn more about our wildflower programs, bats in bridges, historic roads, and wildlife crossings. Discover ways that your organization can partner with TxDOT to tell these stories along our state’s trails and parks.
At the end of the presentation, TxDOT will lead a discussion among participates about ways that we can work together on projects related to the environment. Participants may brainstorm ways that trails and other projects can incorporate environmental enhancements, and also discuss how any interpretive signage can discuss larger environmental programs. In addition, TxDOT will present a case study with how the agency worked with the City of Austin to build a trail near a historically African-American baseball field and helps interpret that history to users of the trail.
Rebekah Dobrasko lives in Austin, Texas and is an environmental program manager and lead historian at the Texas Department of Transportation. She is currently project managing the public education efforts on Texas’ Post-World-War-II Historic Bridges. She holds a masters degree in public history from the University of South Carolina and an undergraduate history degree from Tulane University in New Orleans. Prior to joining TxDOT in 2013, Rebekah worked at the South Carolina State Historic Preservation Office in Columbia, South Carolina for ten years. During that time, she served as the supervisor for compliance, tax incentives, and survey and as the state tax credit program coordinator.
Her recent publications include an article on Texas’ Farm-to-Market road system, entries in the Society of Architectural Historian’s Archipedia for buildings in South Carolina, an article on the historic African American L.C. Anderson High School in Austin, and a digital and permanent exhibit on equalization schools in Charleston, South Carolina. She received the Newcomb College (of Tulane University) Young Alumna Award in 2009 for her work researching and identifying segregated schools in South Carolina (http://scequalizationschools.org).