Reducing Wildlife-Vehicle Collisions & Preserving Local Climate/Economy

48 Pages Posted: 26 Aug 2016 Last revised: 4 Jun 2017

Date Written: June 3, 2017

Abstract

This paper summarizes key findings and purposes of research on wildlife fencing and road crossing structures to assist decision-makers in reconnecting wildlife habitat and preserving local biodiversity, climate, and economic base. It provides a case study for the Park City, Utah vicinity with UDOT maps, estimating the number of wildlife vehicle collisions and costs, revealing it is cost-effective to construct several wildlife crossings and fencing projects. Given the benefits of conserving the plant biodiversity and the eco-services that wildlife supports, it would be wise to use an appropriate threshold of moose, deer, or elk accidents per mile per year as a roadway performance measure above which, wildlife mitigation projects would be scheduled during any new road reconstruction projects.

Keywords: wildlife crossing structures, wildlife-vehicle collisions, biodiversity, mitigate climate change, preserve wildlife

Suggested Citation

Dopp, Kathy Anne, Reducing Wildlife-Vehicle Collisions & Preserving Local Climate/Economy (June 3, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2827176 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2827176

Kathy Anne Dopp (Contact Author)

Independent ( email )

United States

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