An article summarizing results of Marcel Huijser and team’s research on fencing around wildlife crossing structures in western Montana was recently featured on the Conservation Corridor website. “Effectiveness of fencing around wildlife crossings depends on location and length” highlights different management approaches and recommendations that would decrease wildlife-vehicle collisions and provide safe passage of large mammals. Conservation Corridor is an east coast non-profit whose mission is to bridge the science and practice of corridors in the landscape as a conservation strategy.
View the article:http://conservationcorridor.org/2016/07/effectiveness-of-fencing-around-wildlife-crossings-depends-on-location-and-length/
Effectiveness of short sections of wildlife fencing and crossing structures along highways in reducing wildlife–vehicle collisions and providing safe crossing opportunities for large mammals
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The Center for Environmentally Sustainable Transportation in Cold Climates (CESTiCC) held its annual summer Workshop in Bozeman on August 12. Participants and presenters represented multiple organizations including University of Alaska – Fairbanks, Washington State University, University of Wisconsin – Platteville, University of Texas-San Antonio, University of Tennessee – Knoxville, Michigan Tech, KC Harvey Environmental, and Montana DEQ. The workshop hosted presentations, updates, and a poster session on CESTiCC projects, followed by tours of the MSU campus and WTI labs. On Saturday, Rob Ament and Marcel Huijser hosted field visits of three CESTiCC projects in the Gallatin Valley. Participants were then taken to Yellowstone National Park to visit Old Faithful to cap off the workshop. Special thanks to Laura Fay and her Fairbanks cohorts for organizing a successful workshop.
Marcel Huijser served as a panelist for the screening of Wildways: Corridors of Life held last week at Heritage Hall at Fort Missoula in Missoula. Wild Ways features the world’s top biologists who are working to save wildlife populations. By identifying and preserving habitat for these umbrella species, conservationists can protect critical ecosystems around the world. Following the film, Huijser and other panelists provided perspective and answered questions from the audience. Whisper Camel Means, wildlife biologist for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and partner with WTI on the US 93 project, appears in the film. To learn more about Wild Ways and to view the trailer, visit http://www.wildways.us/index.html.
WTI’s Marcel Huijser attended a conference in Lyon, France last month where he connected with Chinese Academy of Transportation Sciences (CATS) associates. The group later met up in The Netherlands where Marcel provided them with an excursion to a multifunctional wildlife overpass. Natuurbrug Zanderij Crailoo is almost a half mile long (800 meters)and includes a bridge across a 2-lane highway and another bridge across a railroad and railroad yard. There are embankments for the corridor in between the two bridges and also through a golf course.
The National Center for Rural Road Safety (Safety Center), led by WTI, hosted the National Working Summit on Transportation in Rural America last week, drawing 120 enthusiastic participants from around the country. Participants worked together for three days to identify issues and strategies to reduce injuries and fatalities on rural roads and highways.
Held in Denver, Colorado from September 7 – 9, the Summit encouraged collaboration among a broad range of agencies with an interest in enhancing safety on rural roads: departments of transportation, first responders, law enforcement, commerce/freight organizations, economic development/tourism agencies, public health agencies, local/county governments, and tribal agencies. The Summit was a huge success – participants appreciated the problem solving format and the effectiveness of the breakout sessions.
The complete findings and recommendations from the summit will be compiled into a white paper later this fall, which will guide future action. The Safety Center’s November 2016 webinar will recap the summit and highlight the outcomes of the white paper. To register for the webinar visit http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07ed7kghph21e9dec1&llr=ngyyawuab .
For more information on the Summit and specific presentations, please visit: https://ruralsafetycenter.org/news-events/moving-rural-america-summit/
The Highway Engineering Exchange Program (HEEP) is an international organization that promotes advances in transportation engineering through the exchange of knowledge and information technology. The 2016 International HEEP Conference was held September 11-15 in Helena, Montana.
HEEP offers a student competition with cash prizes as part of its Educator Student Participation Program (ESP). Maia Grudzien, an MSU undergraduate in Civil Engineering mentored by Computer Science faculty member Brittany Fasy, took home the top student prize of $1,000 for her presentation on “Safer Roads Tomorrow through Analyzing Today’s Accidents.” Sam Micka, a PhD student in Computer Science mentored by faculty advisor Brendan Mumey, received the second place award of $750 for his presentation on “Efficient Monitor Placement for Multipath Traffic Flows.”
Student presenters provide a 20 minute presentation before the general meeting audience and a judging panel during the IHEEP annual conference. Presenters are evaluated based on their understanding of the subject, the strength of their oral presentations, effective use of presentation aids, professional appearance and demeanor, and their interactions with the audience. Congratulations to our two MSU award winners and their faculty mentors!
The Road Dust Institute (RDI) has changed its name to the Unpaved Roads Institute (URi) to better reflect the increased interest general unpaved road management issues. We would like to welcome you to our new website. First conceptualized in 2008, we are continually evolving with input and support from our founding partners and the Federal Lands Highway of FHWA. Today, URi is ready to assist industry, local governments, and private landowners with the design and maintenance of our nation’s unpaved roads.
WTI’s Taylor Lonsdale will be a presenter for the September Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Webinar: Safe Routes to School in Small Rural Communities: Challenges and Strategies to Accessing Funding. Taylor will be highlighting the work on pathways in Highwood, MT which will be included in an upcoming publication from the SRTS National Partnership.
Date: Tuesday, September 20, 2016 11:00am MST
To register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8785933911303821571
The August 29 issue of Roads and Bridges included an article written by WTI’s Anburaj Muthumani and Laura Fay on assessing the use of snowplow lighting for optimal safety. “Can you see me now?” highlights the work done by the research team for the Clear Roads Best Practices Guide for snowplow lighting. Led by WTI, the team has compiled these findings into a best practices guide for winter maintenance agencies. The guide and the project final report are available on the Clear Roads website (www.clearroads.org). To read the Roads and Bridges article, visit: http://www.roadsbridges.com/can-you-see-me-now