San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Many wildlife species have a biological imperative to move between habitats in order to fulfill their life history needs and roads often bisect vital travel corridors. This situation can be fatal for both wildlife and humans and can sever ecological processes, cause serious safety hazards for the travelling public, and result in significant economic costs. During 2010-12 an expansion of highway 97, just south of Bend, included the first structures in the state of Oregon designed specifically for wildlife. Providing wildlife passage is an effective way to address problems for drivers and wildlife, but some have voiced concerns regarding the cost of the structures and the appropriateness of using tax dollars to build them especially in these economically strapped times.
This presentation will briefly introduce the topic of Road Ecology (a relatively new branch of science that studies the interactions between road systems and the natural environment), provide information on mule deer movements associated with Highway 97 south of Bend, discuss the costs and benefits of providing wildlife passage, and provide preliminary results from a study designed to monitor wildlife use of the Highway 97 passage structures. Please join us for a presentation about Oregon roads and wildlife!
Billy Frank Jr. Conference Center, Ecotrust Building
721 NW Ninth Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97209
Leslie Bliss-Ketchum is a Ph.D. candidate at Portland State University in the Environmental Science and Management Program. She received here Bachelors of Science, also at PSU, in Environmental Science with a minor in Biology. Leslie is currently the President of the Oregon Chapter of The Wildlife Society and is the co-principal Investigator fo the Lava Butte Wildlife Crossings Monitoring Project on Highway 97.
Simon Wray is the Conservation Biologist for ODFW's High Desert Region. Previously he was the eastern Oregon ODFW/ODOT Liaison; providing the Department of Transportation with natural resource guidance and recommendations regarding transportation project design, construction, and infrastructure maintenance. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Science from OSU. Simon is originally from England and moved to the United States in the late 70's.
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