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Federal Lands Wildlife-Vehicle Collision Data Coordination Project Phase 2

Started: March, 2019 End Date: May, 2019 Project ID #4W7718 Status: Ongoing

Objective

The objective of this project is to continue development of a wildlife-vehicle collision (WVC) data collection system for federal land management agencies.

Abstract

The National Park Service (NPS) and US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) have partnered with the Western Transportation Institute – Montana State University (WTI) to develop a federal lands wildlife-vehicle collision (WVC) data collection system. This system is being designed to efficiently and effectively collect information on large animal – vehicle crashes, to address motorist safety concerns on federal land management agency (FLMA) roads, as well as carcass data of medium- and smaller-sized fauna relevant to FLMAs’ conservation missions. This project offers user-friendly tools to collect and manage data key for analyses identifying specific areas where measures may be used to reduce WVCs on roads in National Parks and National Wildlife Refuges.  

Phase 1 of the project entailed developing “ROaDS” (Roadkill Observation and Data System) as a mobile device application (an “app” for smart phones and tablets) for collecting WVC data in the field.  In this Phase 2 project, the research team will continue development of the application, by developing data standards and refining the data collection fields that will be incorporated into the next version of the app.  The final system will help agencies identify and monitor locations where wildlife vehicle collisions occur, and facilitate the planning and implementation of transportation, conservation, and safety efforts on federal lands.

Contacts

  • Rob Ament - PI

  • Hillary Isebrands - Main External Contact

Sponsors & Partners

  • Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Sponsor

Related Information

Part of: Road Ecology, Wildlife

Project Tagged In: wildlife-vehicle collisions, data collection

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