The Environmental Mitigation Program (EMP) provides funds through TransNet
to protect, preserve, and restore native habitats as offsets to disturbance caused by the construction of regional and local transportation projects. The $850 million program began purchasing property in 2008 and has now acquired
approximately 3,600 acres around the region at a cost of $117.8 million. Some of the recent acquisitions go above and beyond required environmental mitigation and are made possible through savings achieved by buying land early, at lower prices, and in larger parcels.