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PRESERVING CORRIDORS WHILE PROTECTING DRIVERS

Partnering with state agencies, we’ve integrated diverse data in novel ways, developing a clear picture of crucial zones in the Northern Rockies for both wildlife connectivity and human safety. By distilling wildlife corridor analyses, highway roadkill data, and road ecology principles, we’ve discovered where wildlife movement matters most, where human and wildlife safety are most at risk, and most importantly, where these two considerations overlap. Now, for the first time ever, practitioners on the ground will be able to rely on rigorous, science-based guidance as they advance strategies to safeguard wildlife movement across roadways.

Since wildlife crossing structures have been proven to reduce and even eliminate wildlife-vehicle collisions, our findings will inform progress that promotes connectivity for wildlife and protects drivers, too—helping conservation practitioners find important common ground with state transportation departments. We’ll translate our completed analysis into pragmatic resources, getting our findings into practitioners’ hands through action-oriented reports, workshops, and web-based decision-support tools.

Roads disrupt landscapes, and their impacts will only worsen as the West welcomes more people. By supporting practitioners’ on-the-ground actions with our big-picture perspective of connectivity, we can empower stakeholders to address existing roadway issues as well as inspire future transportation infrastructure that provides safe passage for wildlife and people. While our current efforts focus on the Northern Rockies, our approach can be applied across the entire West.

Already, we’re excited by the opportunities we see in our completed scientific work, and we’re dedicated to translating our findings into vital tools for groups on the ground, ushering in a future of connected landscapes and safer roadways in the Northern Rockies—and beyond.