Indentifying and Protecting Wildlife Corridors

SNOQUALMIE PASS, Wash. (AP) — Before descending the Cascade Mountains on its final stretch to Seattle, Interstate 90 cuts through a mountain pass of old growth forests and wetlands. For countless wildlife species, the busy highway is a border, constraining their movements and posing a fatal risk should they dare to cross it. “Everything from an elk down to a small salamander, they need to move to find food, to find mates, to find new places to live as their populations expand or just when conditions change, like a fire breaks out,” said Jen Watkins of Conservation Northwest.

Source: Washington state builds bridge to keep wildlife off highway

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Comments on: "Washington state builds bridge to keep wildlife off highway. Can we do it here in NM?" (2)

  1. Donna Dowell said:

    Where in NM would this be crucial?

    • The first step would be a statewide wildlife corridor assesment, which would yield several priority zones. One prominent area would be the stretch of I-25 east of Santa Fe in the Glorieta Pass area.

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