Highway 3: Transportation Mitigation for Wildlife and Connectivity in the Crown of the Continent Ecosystem

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Highway 3: Transportation Mitigation for Wildlife and Connectivity in the Crown of the Continent Ecosystem

Anthony Clevenger, Clayton Apps, Tracy Lee, Mike Quinn, Dale Pation, Dave Poulton, and Robert Ament - 2010

Organization: Miistakis Institute, University of Calgary, Western Transportation Institute, Montana State University, Aspen Wildilfe Research, Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative

Location: British Columbia/Alberta

Abstract:

The Highway 3 transportation corridor runs west–east over the Continental Divide at Crowsnest Pass in the Canadian Rockies. Highway 3 is a two-lane highway supporting 6,000 to 9,000 vehicles per day, depending on the season and section of road. Understanding wildlife use and movements, associated behaviour, and habitats along this transportation corridor is essential for developing mitigation strategies to reduce transportation–wildlife conflicts and maintain connected populations. The syntheses, field assessments and recommendations described in this report reflect the best available understanding and options for direct mitigation of highway impacts to local populations of large terrestrial wildlife.

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Document Type: pre-mitigation protocols mitigation design pre-mitigation monitoring guidelines justification to mitigate other resources
Project Type: fencing overpass routine maintenance guidelines signage underpass
Infrastructure Asset: existing roadway large underpass medium underpass small underpass
Fauna: medium mammals large mammals fish/aquatic organisms