Tell Congress to mend fractured wildlife habitats
Moose, deer and elk can now safely walk across a busy highway in Utah — thanks to a wildlife corridor, which is an overpass above the highway that blends in with the natural landscape.
Wildlife corridors save lives.
Before that wildlife corridor was built, the highway was the scene of 106 collisions between vehicles and animals, which killed 98 deer.1
Wildlife corridors are a lifesaving conservation measure. Across the U.S., we need more wildlife corridors reconnecting habitats that have been fractured by roads.
We’re calling on Congress to support wildlife corridor legislation. Will you help us by sending a message to your U.S. senators and House representative today?
Connecting fractured habitats is vital for conservation.
Humanity has significantly altered 95 percent of the Earth’s surface — and infrastructure like highways are clearly taking a toll on wildlife habitat.2
When a highway slices habitat in half, groups of animals are isolated, unable to breed and may die out.3 And when they try to cross the roads fragmenting their habitat, they’re at risk, along with drivers and passengers.
But wildlife corridors can successfully connect fractured habitats and decrease collisions. One wildlife crossing in Oregon reduced vehicle-animal collisions by 85 percent.4
Tell Congress to protect wildlife and reconnect habitat.
We’re in the midst of a biodiversity crisis, and there are fractured habitats across the country that can be mended with wildlife corridors. This conservation tactic is proving successful in places like Oregon and Utah, but we need a large-scale federal effort to implement more wildlife corridors across the U.S.
Environmental Action is calling on Congress to introduce legislation that would allow agencies to work together to plan and fund federal wildlife corridors.
We need your help to convince Congress that wildlife corridors are necessary to preserve biodiversity.
- Theresa Machemer, “Animals Are Using Utah’s Largest Wildlife Overpass Earlier Than Expected,” Smithsonian Magazine, November 30, 2020.
- Nicholas LePan, “This map shows the extent of human impact on the Earth’s surface,” World Economic Forum, December 4, 2020.
- “How is human behavior impacting wildlife movement?,” Science Daily, January 29, 2021.
- Mimi Stewart, David Watters and Ken Helm, “Fighting extinction through wildlife corridors,” The Hill, March 6, 2020.