One million of our planet’s estimated eight million species are at risk of extinction. In the United States, habitat fragmentation is a key contributing threat to wildlife, especially in the form of roads: American driver traverse trillions of miles daily, resulting in more than one million collisions with wildlife each year. Protecting wildlife corridors and creating road crossings are a proven solution to save wildlife and reconnecting the wild spaces they need to thrive.
But not only do corridors and crossings benefit animals. They also provide myriad advantages to people: economic benefits and jobs to states and tribes as well as support for recreation and safety for motorists.
On December 3, 2020 wildlife corridors champion Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) and wildlife experts from across the nation joined together for an exclusive conversation on how protecting and investing in wildlife corridors and crossings can support state and local economies, as well as the wildlife and wild lands we cherish.
Other speakers included:
- Senator David Marsden, Lead Patron Virginia Corridor Bill, Virginia State Legislature
- Stephanie Garcia Richard, Commissioner of Public Lands, New Mexico
- Dr. Ron Sutherland, Chief Scientist, Wildlands Network
- Bridget Donaldson, Virginia Transportation Research Council/VDOT
- Aran Johnson, Wildlife Biologist, Southern Ute Indian Tribe
- Meghan Wolf, Environmental Campaigns and Advocacy, Patagonia