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WTI Technical Support for National Wildlife Refuges

Started: July, 2015 End Date: September, 2017 Project ID #4W5712 Status: Ongoing

Objective

The objective of this project is to provide on-call road ecology technical expertise within U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) lands and National Fish Hatcheries, or on transportation facilities either connecting to or traversing FWS lands and hatcheries.

Abstract

Transportation infrastructure can have adverse impacts on resources, wildlife, and habitats. There is a need to provide on-call road ecology technical expertise within U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) lands and National Fish Hatcheries, or on transportation facilities either connecting to or traversing FWS lands and hatcheries. Road ecology experts at WTI will be available to help FWS regional transportation coordinators, refuge managers and biologists address wildlife-road conflicts. Site visits and field trips at refuges and hatcheries with biologists, transportation planners and other appropriate personnel will be conducted by WTI staff. Possible solutions ranging in cost and scope will be discussed during these field visits to improve habitat connectivity and lower the impact to terrestrial or aquatic resources. In addition, WTI’s road ecology program includes staff with specific expertise in hydrology, fish passage and hydraulics (water resources). They will be available to help FWS regional transportation coordinators, refuge managers and biologists address interactions between transportation corridors and aquatic systems including streams, rivers, lakes and wetlands. WTI’s expertise in this area includes assessment of the impacts of transportation infrastructure on stream and river morphology, evaluation and development of solutions to fish passage issues related to culverts, bridges or other hydraulic structures such as water diversions, and assessment of drainage problems. Possible solutions ranging in cost and scope will be discussed during these field visits to improve habitat connectivity for aquatic species, and to reduce impacts to water resources including the natural water movement and function of stream, rivers, lakes and wetlands.

Contacts

Sponsors & Partners

  • U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) Sponsor

Part of: Road Ecology, Wildlife

Project Tagged In: road ecology, habitats

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