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.

The Center for Large Landscape Conservation’s Corridors & Crossings 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

 

Demystifying Wildlife Crossings

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

Learn more about each webinar and view recordings below.

 

Wildlife Vehicle Collisions Why Should You CareWebinar 1

Summary:
This webinar took a big picture look at the problem, the solutions, and the benefits of reducing motorist crashes involving wildlife and reconnecting habitat across roadways.

Speakers:
Rob Ament – Western Transportation Institute
Patty Garvey-Darda – United States Forest Service
Scott Jackson – University of Massachusetts Amherst

 

You Can't Fix What You Can't Measure

Webinar 2

Summary:
This webinar looked at the role of data collection tools, “hotspot” analyses, and partnerships in identifying where to invest in wildlife infrastructure.

Speakers:
Elizabeth Fairbank – Center for Large Landscape Conservation
Liz Hillard – Wildlands Network
Jeff Hunter – National Parks Conservation Association
Jens Hawkins-Hilke – Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department

 

Tackling the #1 Barrier to Wildlife CrossingsWebinar 3

Summary:
This webinar provided an overview of new, expanded, and existing programs that can be used to pay for animal road crossing structures and other mitigation measures for wildlife.

Speakers:
Renee Callahan – ARC Solutions
Tony Cady – Colorado Department of Transportation
Chris Slesar – Vermont Agency of Transportation

 

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
 
New Resource! Land Trusts and Wildlife Crossing Structures
This toolkit (working draft) 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. Download the Land Trusts Toolkit
 
 
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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