Reducing Wildlife-Vehicle Collisions & Preserving Local Climate/Economy
48 Pages Posted: 26 Aug 2016 Last revised: 4 Jun 2017
Date Written: June 3, 2017
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
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