By Jon P. Beckmann, Anthony P. Clevenger, Marcel Huijser, Jodi A. Hilty, Richard T.T. Forman
Secure Passages brings jointly in one quantity the most recent details at the rising technological know-how of highway ecology because it pertains to mitigating interactions among roads and flora and fauna. This sensible guide of instruments and examples is designed to help participants and organisations puzzling over or operating towards lowering road-wildlife affects. The ebook provides:an assessment of the significance of habitat connectivity with reference to roadscurrent making plans methods and applied sciences for mitigating the affects of highways on either terrestrial and aquatic speciesdifferent aspects of public participation in highway-wildlife connectivity mitigation projectscase stories from partnerships throughout North the US that spotlight profitable on-the-ground implementation of ecological and engineering solutionsrecent leading edge highway-wildlife mitigation developmentsDetailed case reports span a variety of scales, from site-specific flora and fauna crossing buildings, to statewide making plans for habitat connectivity, to nationwide laws. participants discover the cooperative efforts which are rising due to various organizations—including transportation firms, land and flora and fauna administration corporations, and nongovernmental organizations—finding universal flooring to take on very important highway ecology concerns and problems. Safe Passages is a crucial new source for local-, state-, and national-level managers and policymakers engaged on road-wildlife matters, and should entice a large viewers together with scientists, organization team of workers, planners, land managers, transportation experts, scholars, conservation agencies, policymakers, and voters engaged in road-wildlife mitigation initiatives.
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Contiguous states requires ensuring that the landscape remains permeable to enable such movements. (Permission to use by Robert Inman) Connecting Wildlife Populations in Fractured Landscapes 11 that roam the region, it is nearly impossible for the casual driver to see the road from the perspective of wildlife. Every day about 3,000 vehicles zoom across western Montana on Interstate 90, and that number reaches approximately 7,000 vehicles per day between Missoula, Montana, and the Idaho border (Montana Department of Transportation 2008).
Key wildlife crossing areas may also be identified from a regional landscape assessment of wildlife connectivity needs around a state-/provincial-wide road system or regional transportation corridor. This landscape-focused approach can be viewed as the inverse of the project-level, or corridor-focused approach. With the right information it is possible to identify key habitat linkages or zones of important connectivity for wildlife that are bisected by transportation corridors. Linkages and potential wildlife crossing locations can be prioritized based on future transportation investments, scheduling, and ecological criteria.
Most electronic resources are geographic information system (GIS) based, are readily available from government or nongovernmental agencies, and can be downloaded from their respective Internet sites, for example, state/provincial or national geospatial data clearinghouses (Transportation Research Board 2004). 1 describes each resource and how it can be used for project-level and systems-level planning of wildlife habitat connectivity and highway mitigation. Use of these resources in combination with road network and traffic data is an ideal place to start identifying the intersections of high probability habitat linkages and roads.
Safe Passages: Highways, Wildlife, and Habitat Connectivity by Jon P. Beckmann, Anthony P. Clevenger, Marcel Huijser, Jodi A. Hilty, Richard T.T. Forman