Federal Lands Wildlife-Vehicle Collision Data Coordination
Started: September, 2016 End Date: September, 2017 Project ID #4W6406 Status: Ongoing
The goal of the project is to facilitate Federal Land Management Agency (FLMA) coordination, specifically between the National Park Service (NPS) and US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), for collecting, storing, mapping, sharing, and analyzing Wildlife Vehicle Collision (WVC) data, in coordination with surrounding transportation networks and entities.
Although the NPS and FWS do not systematically collect road-related wildlife mortality data, a 2007 NPS service-wide survey of resource managers indicates that road-caused mortality significantly affects wildlife populations (Ament et al. 2008). In addition, based on the most recent NPS vehicle crash data that is available, nationally, the NPS experiences a higher rate of crashes involving wildlife as compared to other jurisdiction's public roadways. This project will facilitate coordination of FLMA and stakeholder WVC data collection by understanding existing processes and identifying data collection needs. The project will result in an assessment of existing data collection systems and the development of an Implementation and Sustainability Plan including FLMA recommendations for coordinating WVC data collection, reporting and analysis.
Rob Ament - PI
Sponsors & Partners
- U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) Sponsor