Wildlife Mortality Along Utah ’s Highways <ul><li>Overview </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Role of the Division </li></ul></ul><ul><...
Role of DWR <ul><li>Work with UDOT, Universities, local conservation groups, and landowners to minimize highway mortality ...
Role of DWR <ul><ul><li>Major Impact Analysis Activities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Reviewing the 5 year Statewide Tra...
Roadkill Database <ul><li>In 2007, DWR and UDOT entered into an agreement for removal of wildlife carcasses within transpo...
<ul><li>DWR gathers all carcass removal data and enters into a statewide roadkill database </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Formerly ...
Carcass Removal Data - Examples
Carcass Removal Data - Examples
<ul><li>UDWR contracted with Dr. Patricia Cramer (USU) to conduct an intensive literature review of wildlife crossings res...
<ul><li>Provide Division personnel with a tool for use in transportation planning </li></ul><ul><li>Standardize wildlife c...
Wildlife Crossing Guidelines
<ul><li>Corridor and Linkage Studies </li></ul><ul><li>Infrastructure </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Crossings </li></ul></ul><ul><...
<ul><li>US 6 (Spanish Fork to Woodside) </li></ul><ul><li>I-70 (Cove Fort to UT/CO state line) </li></ul><ul><li>I-80 (Mou...
Taken from I-70 Linkage Analysis, UDOT 2007 Corridor Studies
<ul><li>~20 new wildlife crossings </li></ul><ul><li>2 retrofitted underpass crossings </li></ul><ul><li>Hundreds of miles...
Wildlife Mitigation Infrastructure MP 200.7, US 6 Tucker, US 6 Beaver Creek, US 6 Colton, US 6
Wildlife Mitigation Infrastructure MP 5.3, I-70 Wildcat North, I-15 MP 5.3, I-70 Wildcat South, I-15
Wildlife Mitigation Infrastructure Escape ramp Electro Mat Cattle Guard Wildlife Fencing
Wildlife Crossing Camera Study   <ul><li>Determine effectiveness of existing structures </li></ul><ul><li>Determine effect...
Wildlife Crossing Camera Study Photos courtesy of Dr. Patricia Cramer, USU
Wildlife Crossing Camera Study Photos courtesy of Dr. Patricia Cramer, USU
Future Needs & Priorities <ul><li>Continue and expand roadkill data collection efforts </li></ul><ul><li>Continue wildlife...
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Wildlife Mortality Along Utah's Highways, April 2011

  1. 1. Wildlife Mortality Along Utah ’s Highways <ul><li>Overview </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Role of the Division </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Roadkill Data and Statewide Database </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wildlife Crossing Guidelines </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Update on Recent Projects </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wildlife Crossing Camera Study </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Future Needs and Priorities </li></ul></ul>
  2. 2. Role of DWR <ul><li>Work with UDOT, Universities, local conservation groups, and landowners to minimize highway mortality by: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Identifying locations of high deer-vehicle collisions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Erecting sufficient wildlife crossing structures in those locations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Evaluate the effectiveness of the crossing structures over time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Implement new technologies to improve future wildlife crossing structures. </li></ul></ul>Population Objective, Strategy J from Statewide Mule Deer Management Plan
  3. 3. Role of DWR <ul><ul><li>Major Impact Analysis Activities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Reviewing the 5 year Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Participating with UDOT and their consultants to plan and implement individual projects </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Providing recommendations for avoiding project impacts and/or mitigation for unavoidable impacts </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Needs assessments for future mitigation </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Documenting the location and extent of roadkill mule deer </li></ul></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Roadkill Database <ul><li>In 2007, DWR and UDOT entered into an agreement for removal of wildlife carcasses within transportation ROW ’s </li></ul><ul><li>UDOT responsible for ~1,850 miles of roadways; DWR responsible for everything else </li></ul><ul><li>UDOT uses contractors for carcass pickup; DWR uses existing personnel </li></ul><ul><li>Data collection requirements identified in agreement </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Roadway, milepost, species, sex, etc. </li></ul></ul>Identifying locations of high deer-vehicle collisions
  5. 5. <ul><li>DWR gathers all carcass removal data and enters into a statewide roadkill database </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Formerly a regional assignment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Centralizing to SLO </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Data is used to identify “hot spots” </li></ul><ul><li>Biologists use data to make wildlife mitigation recommendations to UDOT for </li></ul><ul><li>upcoming highway projects </li></ul>Roadkill Database Identifying locations of high deer-vehicle collisions
  6. 6. Carcass Removal Data - Examples
  7. 7. Carcass Removal Data - Examples
  8. 8. <ul><li>UDWR contracted with Dr. Patricia Cramer (USU) to conduct an intensive literature review of wildlife crossings research </li></ul><ul><li>January 2009 – Dr. Cramer submitted to DWR final report entitled “Deer and Elk Wildlife Crossing Standards and Recommendations for Utah” </li></ul><ul><li>These recommendations are a summary of Dr. Cramer ’s report as well as data from her ongoing wildlife crossing camera study </li></ul>Wildlife Crossing Guidelines
  9. 9. <ul><li>Provide Division personnel with a tool for use in transportation planning </li></ul><ul><li>Standardize wildlife crossing and fencing recommendations made by DWR to UDOT </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Based upon proven research </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Internal use only </li></ul>Wildlife Crossing Guidelines Purpose
  10. 10. Wildlife Crossing Guidelines
  11. 11. <ul><li>Corridor and Linkage Studies </li></ul><ul><li>Infrastructure </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Crossings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fencing and escape ramps </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Research </li></ul>Wildlife Mitigation Projects
  12. 12. <ul><li>US 6 (Spanish Fork to Woodside) </li></ul><ul><li>I-70 (Cove Fort to UT/CO state line) </li></ul><ul><li>I-80 (Mouth of Parley ’s Canyon to Echo Junction) </li></ul>Corridor Studies Identifying and prioritizing the most important wildlife corridors
  13. 13. Taken from I-70 Linkage Analysis, UDOT 2007 Corridor Studies
  14. 14. <ul><li>~20 new wildlife crossings </li></ul><ul><li>2 retrofitted underpass crossings </li></ul><ul><li>Hundreds of miles of wildlife fencing and escape ramps </li></ul><ul><li>Total Investment = $ 45,500,000 </li></ul>Wildlife Mitigation Infrastructure – Since ~2005 Wildlife Crossings
  15. 15. Wildlife Mitigation Infrastructure MP 200.7, US 6 Tucker, US 6 Beaver Creek, US 6 Colton, US 6
  16. 16. Wildlife Mitigation Infrastructure MP 5.3, I-70 Wildcat North, I-15 MP 5.3, I-70 Wildcat South, I-15
  17. 17. Wildlife Mitigation Infrastructure Escape ramp Electro Mat Cattle Guard Wildlife Fencing
  18. 18. Wildlife Crossing Camera Study <ul><li>Determine effectiveness of existing structures </li></ul><ul><li>Determine effectiveness of newly built crossings designed specifically for wildlife </li></ul><ul><li>Determine which type and size of crossings are most successful at passing wildlife </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Emphasis on big game </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. Wildlife Crossing Camera Study Photos courtesy of Dr. Patricia Cramer, USU
  20. 20. Wildlife Crossing Camera Study Photos courtesy of Dr. Patricia Cramer, USU
  21. 21. Future Needs & Priorities <ul><li>Continue and expand roadkill data collection efforts </li></ul><ul><li>Continue wildlife crossing camera study through 2013 </li></ul><ul><li>Identify all critical wildlife corridors and complete needs assessments for each </li></ul><ul><li>Work closely with UDOT and provide wildlife recommendations for transportation projects </li></ul><ul><li>Work closely with the Outreach Section and UDOT to get stories of highly visible wildlife projects in the media </li></ul>
  22. 22. QUESTIONS?

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