Vermont Critical Paths Project - Providing Safe Corridors for Wildlife

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National Wildlife Federation's Northeast Regional Center is working with partners to provide safe pathways and corridors for wildlife through the Critical Paths Project in Vermont. The project is …

National Wildlife Federation's Northeast Regional Center is working with partners to provide safe pathways and corridors for wildlife through the Critical Paths Project in Vermont. The project is about studying where wildlife are crossing roads throughout the region and working with transportation officials to devise practical solutions to minimize habitat fragmentation, create wildlife corridors, and help wildlife survive climate change.

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  • 1. Climate Change Safeguards Program Critical Paths — Making Roadways Permeable for Wildlife NWF’s Northeast Regional Center is working to safeguard wildlife and improve public safety on our roads in partnership with state and federal agencies, municipalities, citizens, and other conservation organizations. The Critical Paths Project is studying road crossings throughout the region and working with transportation officials to devise practical solutions to minimize habitat fragmentation, create wildlife corridors, and help wildlife survive climate change. Rt. 105 – Zone 2 Rt. 242 – Zone 5 Rt. 118 – Zone 9 Zone 9 Zone 10 Rt. 15 – Zone 14 Rte. 118 Zone 11 0 5 1 Rt. 17 – Zone 20 Rt. 125 – Zone 21 Rt. 73 – Zone 25 Rt. 4 – Zone 27 Rt. 103 – Zone 30 State/Federal Highways N Rt. 11 – Zone 35 Priority Zones Conserved Lands The Critical Paths Project has identified 11 State/Federal Highways Green Mountain Range priority zones out of the 38 wildlife crossings Priority Zones along the spine of Vermont’s Green Mountains. Rt. 9 – Zone 37 Conserved Lands The inset map above shows three zones that Green Mountain Range were monitored along Route 118, and highlights the detailed physical characteristics of the priority zone between Belvidere and Eden. Critical Path Partners: Vermont Natural Resources Council, the Vermont Department of Fish & Wildlife, the Vermont Agency of Transportation, and the U.S Forest Service, Green Mountain and Finger Lakes National Forest. Funding was made possible in part by a grant award made by the Wildlife Conservation Society through its Wildlife Action Opportunities Fund to assist implementation of several priority actions of Vermont’s Wildlife Action Plan. Support to establish the Wildlife Action Opportunities Fund was provided by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Additional funding was provided by the Wallace Global Fund, the Summerlee Foundation, the Ward M. and Mariam C. Canaday Educational and Charitable Trust, and Jane’s Trust.National Wildlife Federation Northeast Regional Center • www.nwf.org/northeast • 149 State St., Montpelier, VT • (802) 229-0650