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America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act of 2019 (ATIA) NEW! § 1125. Wildlife Crossing Safety

On July 30, 2019, the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee unanimously voted (21-0) to advance a bipartisan transportation reauthorization bill, S. 2302, America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act. This excerpts Section 1125 of S. 2302, which for the first time ever includes an entire section on Wildlife Crossing Safety. In particular, Section 1125 creates a $250 million wildlife crossing pilot program and initiates other activities aimed at reducing wildlife-vehicle collisions and improving habitat connectivity.

Inferring fine-scale spatial structure of the brown bear (Ursus arctos) population in the Carpathians prior to infrastructure development

This study uses genetic data to understand how landscape and environmental factors influence demographic connectedness in Europe’s largest brown bear population and to assist in mitigating planned infrastructure development in Romania. 

Montana Wildlife & Transportation Summit Final Report

The Center is pleased to announce the release of the Final Report from the Montana Wildlife and Transportation Summit. Alongside state agency, non-profit, and academic partners, The Center organized the Summit and produced the final report which aims to drive collaborative effort around wildlife and transpiration issues in Montana.

Where People and Wildlife Intersect: Prioritizing mitigation of road impacts on wildlife connectivity

Seeks to provide decision support in answering the crucial question of where to mitigate roads to yield the greatest positive impact for wildlife and people, creates an index of road risk to wildlife based on roadside carcass data, details specific roles that diverse stakeholders can play in the mitigation process, and highlight opportunities for each to engage in that process by working in partnership with transportation agencies.

Large Landscape Conservation: A Strategic Framework for Policy and Action

Convened by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and the Center for Natural Resources and Environmental Policy at The University of Montana, the dialogue participants sought to synthesize what we know about large landscape conservation and to identify the most important needs as we move forward. They also generated and provide a link to a list of nearly 200 examples of large landscape conservation.

Yellowstone to Yukon: Canadian Conservation Efforts and Continental Landscape/ Biodiversity Strategy

A primer for those who view the Rocky Mountain region north of the Canada-US border as pristine and secure. Introduces the Yellowstone to Yukon initiative to an audience outside of the conservation community.

Paradise Valley Corridor Study: Saving Lives by Incorporating Wildlife Passage Opportunities

This brochure includes an introduction of the US 89 corridor planning study, a cost-benefit analysis of local wildlife migration, and a recommendation of next steps for the Montana Department of Transportation.

Unhealthy Landscapes: Policy Recommendations on Land Use Change and Infectious Disease Emergence

The Working Group on Land Use Change and Disease Emergence grew out of a special colloquium that convened international experts in infectious diseases, ecology, and environmental health to assess the current state of knowledge and to develop recommendations for addressing these environmental health challenges.

Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act & Moving Ahead For Progress In The 21st Century (MAP-21) Synopsis of Wildlife Provisions

A brief analysis of wildlife corridor protections in two federal transportation laws. A watershed event, MAP-21 is the first national transportation law to weave throughout its programs authority for state, federal and tribal managers, and researchers to reduce the number of motorist collisions with wildlife and improve connectivity among habitats disrupted by roads. These provisions were continued in the FAST Act. 

A Wildlife Corridor Inventory

A summarized table of North American Wildlife species known to utilize corridors, a distribution of said species by taxa, and known wildlife corridors by state.

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