The Center for Large Landscape Conservation is pleased to share valuable new tools to help make the West a safer, better-connected landscape for humans and wildlife!
The West-Wide Study to Identify Important Highway Locations for Wildlife Crossings is a report and associated mapping website produced to support planning by transportation and wildlife agencies and other stakeholders. These tools help identify important road segments where the implementation of cost-effective wildlife crossings would be helpful to address human safety, ecological connectivity, and other conservation values. It analyzes the eleven U.S. western contiguous states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.
In addition to examining the 11 states together, the study mapped and analyzed each state separately (found in Appendix) to further help state agencies and their partners.
Mapping Website: An accompanying interactive mapping website allows users to examine the results of the analyses at a variety of scales, select different layers of interest, and download the data.
Flyer: Read a 2-page description of the West-Wide Study and a summary of key findings.
The Center partnered with Montana State University’s Western Transportation Institute and Conservation Planning Technologies (EXP) to develop, analyze, write, and coordinate this study.
Suggested citation: Paul, K., J. Faselt, A. Keeley, M. Bell, M.P. Huijser, D. Theobald, and R.J. Ament. 2023. West-wide study to identify important highway locations for wildlife crossings. Center for Large Landscape Conservation, Western Transportation Institute – Montana State University, Bozeman, MT. https://doi.org/10.53847/QVYS3181
Banner Photo: Wildlife crossing on I-80 in Nevada – NDOT