The TransWild Alliance is a coalition of conservation advocacy organizations dedicated to reducing the impacts of highways on wildlife and natural resources. The Alliance supports member communication, coordination, partnerships, and information-sharing with the goal of promoting wildlife-friendly transportation policy and action.
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Lewis Creek Association
Although dedicated volunteers assist amphibians in crossing Vermont's Monkton-Vergennes Road on spring nights every year, these species may soon be provided a more permanent way to migrate from upland habitat to wetland breeding pools without getting smashed by vehicles. Two amphibian crossing structures are estimated to cost $273,000, and in 2010, FHWA awarded Lewis Creek Association a $150,000 Transportation Enhancement grant for culvert construction. LCA is working to provide the required 30% matching funds.
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Citizen biologists monitor wildlife, dead or alive, on I-90
Driving over the Snoqualmie Pass in Washington state are motorists doing more than just taking in the scenery. They are an expanding network of citizen biologists, seeing, noting and reporting wildlife - dead or alive. Members of the I-90 Wildlife Watch Program are keeping their eyes peeled for animals and road kill on I-90 to help agencies learn how best to design freeways to help drivers and animals avoid each other.
Encounters on the road are sometimes fatal for people and almost always are for animals. The Washington Department of Transportation has replaced a confined concrete culvert under I-90 east of the summit with an expansive bridge that allows animals to pass freely under the busy traffic. The I-90 Wildlife Watch Program is designed to see if it will reduce encounters on the freeway while increasing a free flow of animal traffic below. To get the most information available, the program is recruiting I-90 regulars to add wildlife watching and reporting to the Snoqualmie Summit experience.
I-90 Snoqualmie Pass Wildlife Corridor Project
This CWU project in the Snoqualmie Pass area of WA state involves 12 agency partners working towards an expansion of I-90 Eastbound. CWU will research wildlife migration patterns, genetic diversity, and availability of resources, with the goal of reducing road kill.