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America's highways allow people and commodities to travel to every corner of our nation. Along the way, these roads cut across the habitat of many native wildlife species. When these paths cross, collisions can occur in greater numbers than most people realize. Collisions present a real threat to human safety as well as wildlife survival. State and local transportation agencies are looking for ways to balance travel needs, human safety, and wildlife conservation.
A national study was conducted on the causes and impacts of wildlife vehicle collisions (WVCs). This study also provides recommendations and solutions for reducing these collisions. It was submitted to the U.S. Congress in November, 2007. A best practices manual was recently completed as a part of the national study. The best practices manual is meant to accompany this training course. This course provides information for transportation professionals on the following topics:
- How to identify the need to implement WVC mitigation during the transportation planning phase or as a retrofit
- Information about effective mitigation strategies
- Special considerations in dealing with threatened and endangered species
- Monitoring installed mitigation measures
- Funding sources for mitigation implementation