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Exploration of Opportunities to Address the Impacts of Roads

Project #: 4WA325
Start Date: 05/18/2023
End Date: 11/01/2024
Status: Current

This project will explore wildlife mitigation measures aimed at reducing wildlife-vehicle collisions (WVCs) for large mammals and Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN), reducing the barrier effect of roads and traffic, and increasing habitat connectivity in New River Gorge National Park and Preserve and Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. The project will also explore (based on a literature review) the potential to combine wildlife crossing structures with non-motorized human co-use (i.e. create multi-functional crossing structures). This effort will focus on select local trails for non-motorized use and, potentially, long-distance trails such as the Appalachian Trail, which runs through Harpers Ferry National Historical Park.

Benefit: If mitigation measures are implemented following the recommendations, benefits to human safety through a reduction in collisions with large wild mammals, fewer dead and injured large wild mammals, fewer roadkilled species of special conservation concern, especially amphibians (e.g. salamanders) and reptiles (turtles, snakes).


  • Marcel Huijser
    Marcel Huijser