Wildlife and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

Resources and Opportunities for Reducing Wildlife-Vehicle Collisions and Enhancing Habitat Connectivity

In November 2021, Congress passed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, now referred to as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which includes an array of provisions related to conserving fish and wildlife. One of the most exciting elements of this historic legislation is a $350-million, competitive grant program called the Wildlife Crossings Pilot Program. This is the first-ever dedicated federal funding for structures that help fish and wildlife safely pass over and under roads while reconnecting habitat. Additionally, these projects are now eligible for funding from more than a dozen other transportation programs under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

UPDATE – April 4, 2023: U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg announced a Notice of Funding Opportunity for the Wildlife Crossings Pilot Program’s first round of competitive grants (nearly $112M available). Read our press release for more details. Also, potential applicants will want to check out this new website, launched by a coalition of nonprofit organizations, including the Center for Large Landscape Conservation. The site offers free resources for planning effective wildlife crossing projects and taking advantage of all the federal habitat connectivity programs in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

The Center for Large Landscape Conservation’s U.S. Program has created and jointly developed a number of resources—including toolkits, guides, and webinars—to assist eligible applicants and partners to understand and take advantage of these new funding and policy opportunities. Please revisit this page in the future as we continue to add and update these resources. 

A Toolkit for Developing Effective Projects Under the Federal Wildlife Crossings Pilot Program

Crossing Toolkit CoverThis resource includes:

  • An overview of the Wildlife Crossings Pilot Program and other fish and wildlife provisions in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

  • Suggestions for how applicants and their partners can engage 

  • Best practices, examples, and resources for designing effective wildlife crossing projects in accordance with each of the grant application criterion of the Wildlife Crossings Pilot Program 

Federal agencies, including the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), have already begun to implement the new statute so now is the ideal time to start planning to apply for a grant under the new program. 

Download Report

DOI: https://doi.org/10.53847/PZNN2279


Montana PBS IMPACT Report: Wildlife Crossings

This report from Montana PBS examines the growing problem of collisions between drivers and animals on Montana’s roads and potential solutions. The Center for Large Landscape Conservation’s Director of Government Affairs, Anna Wearn, discusses the momentum building in Montana and across the nation for addressing the issue through constructing highway crossings for wildlife. She also highlights how unprecedented new funding and policy opportunities in the federal infrastructure law will allow more states, tribes, and partnerships across the country to implement measures that reduce wildlife-vehicle collisions and reconnect habitat.

Montana PBS IMPACT Report, Episode 6: Wildlife Crossings from Center for Large Landscapes on Vimeo.


Webinar Series: Demystifying Wildlife Crossing Infrastructure Projects

In the spring of 2022, the Center for Large Landscape Conservation, ARC Solutions, the National Parks Conservation Association, and Wildlands Network hosted a three-part webinar series designed to raise awareness about wildlife infrastructure, including new and expanded funding opportunities made possible by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

Demystifying Wildlife Crossings

Learn more about each webinar and view the recordings here


Guide: Federal Funding Opportunities for Wildlife Crossings
In addition to the dedicated funding under the new Wildlife Crossings Pilot Program, projects that reduce wildlife-vehicle collisions and/or improve habitat connectivity are eligible for funding under more than a dozen large grant programs under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. This guide summarizes those opportunities, including details regarding the available funding, the types of connectivity projects that are eligible, and additional resources to learn more about the programs and application timelines. Download the Federal Funding Guide
Resource: Land Trusts and Wildlife Crossing Structures
This toolkit details how land trusts can contribute to highway infrastructure projects for wildlife. It serves as a resource to help land trusts start to, or further engage in, wildlife crossing structure projects by capturing lessons learned and best practices. Learn more
Joint Statement: Climate-Informed Wildlife Crossings
More than a dozen climate, wildlife, and road ecology experts from across the country wrote a consensus statement urging government officials at all levels to consider climate change when planning and constructing structures that help fish and wildlife cross under and over highways. Learn more
The Center will provide additional information, guidance, and resources on this page as they become available. For questions, contact Kylie Paul, Road Ecologist, at kylie@largelandscapes.org or Anna Wearn, Director of Government Affairs, at anna@largelandscapes.org

Banner Photo: Nevada Department of Wildlife

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