Safe Road Crossings for Wildlife
The Path to Survival as the Climate Changes
NWF, in partnership with the Vermont Natural Resources Council and the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, is currently launching its Critical Paths for Wildlife project, through a grant from the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Wildlife Action Opportunities Fund. This project uses both Geographic Information System modeling and ground-truthing to prioritize critical north-south wildlife road crossings in the State of
Our primary objectives are to: 1) identify and prioritize important crossing areas through an analysis of the Vermont Habitat Linkage Analysis data layer; 2) test the model on the ground to determine where there are bottlenecks and impermeable crossings; and 3) develop a strategy that will increase the permeability of high priority crossing sites through land acquisition or conservation, road mitigation, or other roadside improvements.