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Teton County Wildlife Crossings Master Plan

Started: October, 2016 End Date: December, 2017 Project ID #4W6376 Status: Ongoing

Objective

The objective of this project is to develop a master plan that identifies needs, sets priorities, and estimates costs for wildlife mitigation measures along selected highways and roads in Teton County, Wyoming.

Abstract

Teton County is part of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, a uniquely intact ecosystem that is home to abundant and diverse wildlife species. At the same time, Teton County's human population has been growing rapidly, at times coming into conflict with wildlife. One consequence of human population increase is rising traffic volume and associated ecological impacts of roads.  Protecting wildlife populations is a central community value, as reflected in the Teton County Comprehensive Plan. At present, however, there is no comprehensive plan for how to achieve this goal in Teton County.   The objective of this project is to develop a Wildlife Crossings Master Plan that identifies needs, sets priorities, and estimates costs for wildlife mitigation measures along selected highways and roads in Teton County, Wyoming. The WTI team will synthesize existing data, identify priority sites, recommend site-specific solutions that include cost-benefit analyses, and identify potential funding sources. Critical elements of the master plan will be centered on human safety, biological conservation, and the economics of implementing measures.

Contacts

Sponsors & Partners

  • Teton County Engineering Sponsor

Related Information

Part of: Road Ecology, Wildlife

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