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Wildlife Corridor in the Pigeon River Gorge: Presentation and Panel Discussion
April 20, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm EDTFree
Our Wildlife Scientist, Liz Hillard, will be speaking on a panel about the intersection of wildlife connectivity and road ecology in North Carolina. The event is free and open to the public.
From Great Smoky Mountains Association:
Motor vehicle collisions with wildlife are on the rise throughout East Tennessee and Western North Carolina. In fact, this global issue has reached a regional tipping point. Increasing animal and human populations, as well as tourism growth, are anticipated to make the situation even worse.
Jeff Hunter, senior program manager for the National Parks Conservation Association, will lead a special presentation and panel discussion regarding the I-40 Pigeon River Gorge Wildlife Connectivity Project featured in the upcoming Smokies Life magazine. Written by GSMA’s Frances Figart, the article is titled “Right of Way: Roads need Overhaul to Decrease Collisions.”
Panelists expected to appear:
Liz Hilliard – Wildlands Network Wildlife scientist
Bill Stiver – National Park Service biologist
Dave McHenry – North Carolina Department of Transportation
Steve Goodman – NPCA’s Volgenau Wildlife Research fellow