Corridors & Crossings

Creating Safe Passage for People and Wildlife

Animals need to move. By doing so they shape and maintain the landscapes in which they live. Migratory species transport seeds, pollinate plants, and control pests. They also help shape the cultural identities of the people who live in these landscapes.

We use science such as spatial models and maps to help planners identify how and where animals move across the landscape, and how people help or hinder that movement. We apply this knowledge to support on-the-ground action, from helping wildlife safely cross roads to identifying and protecting vital lands.

Connectivity Policy Toolbox

In March 2019, the Center launched a new publication: “Wildlife Connectivity: Opportunities for State Legislation.” This toolbox summarizes a variety of ways in which state legislators can act to protect wildlife corridors, which are vital to ensuring healthy wildlife populations, providing critical ecosystem services, and sustaining our nation’s social and economic health and well-being. This resource will help state legislators implement policy solutions to protect corridors that allow wildlife to move more freely across the landscape.

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Outcome: The toolbox has been distributed to over 2,000 partners and policymakers, and has been used by partners to help secure wildlife corridor bills in New Mexico, Oregon, and New Hampshire, with numerous other states planning on moving bills forward in 2020.  to learn more.

Learn More: View the Connectivity Policy Toolbox to learn more.

In partnership with National Caucus of Environmental Legislators, Endangered Species Coalition, and Wildlands Network.

For more information, contact Conservation Policy Analyst, Anna Wearn.

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Blackfeet Animal-Vehicle Collision Reduction Master Plan

The first-ever reservation-wide animal-vehicle collision study in the U.S. has been finalized by the Center and the Blackfeet Nation Fish and Wildlife Department. This project identifies, prioritizes, and proposes mitigation measures for road stretches with the highest incidence of animal-vehicle collisions within the reservation.

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Outcome:  Completion of the Animal-Vehicle Collision Reduction Master Plan, which will provide a blueprint for the Blackfeet Nation to reduce wildlife and livestock collisions through mitigation projects.

For more information, contact Corridors and Crossings Program Officer, Liz Fairbank

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