Help us build a way to get animals safely across I-40 in the Pigeon River Gorge.
To cross or not to cross?
For wildlife whose ancestors have traversed our landscapes for centuries in search of food, mates, and territory, this is not the question. Their instinct is to continue moving across age-old geographical paths.
But humans have made this natural migration more and more difficult by fragmenting large sections of protected forest, bisecting them with huge roads fraught with heavy, fast-moving vehicles.
The resulting rise in collisions with large mammals has become a serious concern not only for conservation, but also for human safety, economics and culture.
Video courtesy of Susan Detwiler. While driving through the Pigeon River Gorge, Susan and her husband captured this hold-your-breath moment, which demonstrates the dangerous plight of wildlife navigating our roadways. They sent us this video in support of the work being done to help these animals.
We’re In This Together
Nearly a hundred professionals and staff from more than 20 partner organizations contribute their time, skills, and technical assistance. Together, we are working to create opportunities for wildlife to safely cross Interstate 40 in the Pigeon River Gorge.
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Bears at guardrail image courtesy of Bridget Donaldson, Virginia Transportation Research Council.