SAFETEA-LU: Wildlife and Highways Sandra L. Jacobson Wildlife

SAFETEA-LU: Wildlife and Highways Sandra L. Jacobson Wildlife

SAFETEA-LU: Wildlife and Highways Sandra L. Jacobson Wildlife Biologist USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Research Station Redwood Sciences Lab Arcata CA Loss of Open Space One of Four

Threats to National Forest System lands identified by Chief Results in wildlife habitat fragmentation Tom Iraci USDA Forest Service

Loss of Open Space Integration of wildlife issues in transportation planning helps alleviate impacts Open Space Conservation is Tied to Transportation Planning 3 million people live within 20 miles of the San Bernardino and Angeles National Forests Tom Iraci USDA Forest Service

We Cant Manage Wildlife Only Within Our Administrative Boundaries Dave Romero, USDA Forest Service, Bitterroot National Forest Example: Migratory Deer Stakeholders Public land management agency

State Department of Transportation Private landowners Hunters and state wildlife agency Heidi Birkley, Black Hills National Forest Highways are Permanent Gateways to Public Lands

John Romanowski, USDA Forest Service George Wuerthner, USDA Forest Service Mike Delasaux, UC Davis Ag Extension SAFETEA-LU Provides Opportunities to Integrate Natural Resource Management with

Transportation Planning DOTs Value Public Lands for Highways Few houses destroyed Usually fewer 4f issues Land relatively unemcumbere d

In most cases, DOTs do not pay for Stephen Peel Some Highway Impacts to Wildlife Direct Habitat Loss

Vehiclecaused Mortality Some Highway Impacts to Wildlife Habitat Fragmentation Terry Spivey, USDA Forest Service www.forestryimages.org

Pollution SAFETEA-LU Can Help Mitigate Impacts Better collaboration Funding people Funding research

Statewide Connectivity Plans Efficient All stakeholders Identify and

prioritize important wildlife linkage areas State Transportation Improvement Plans and SAFETEA-LU State connectivity plans help partner

agencies propose and support projects SAFETEA-LU authorizes funding for agency personnel research training in best practices

Can We Mitigate Impacts from Highways? Research can help develop tools and processes to minimize impacts Sierraville Highway 89 Stewardship Team, Tahoe National Forest

Lessons Learned Diversion fencing combined with wildlife crossing structures are the most effective tool to reduce mortality and maintain habitat connectivity (96-100%) Resources module has more info Underpasses on the Tonto National Forest

Safety and Wildlife Collisions The most common rural accident is animal/vehicle collision Employee safety: Most common forward-moving accident in

some FS regions Colorado DOT Its Our Choiceand Opportunity!to Get Involved Early and Often in Transportation Planning Charles T. Bryson, USDA Agricultural Research Service, www.forestryimages.org

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