Please join us for our next Connected Conservation (C2) webinar on promoting habitat restoration along transportation and utility corridors on Tuesday, Nov. 5, at 2 ET. Our presenter will be Iris Caldwell, program manager for sustainable landscapes at the Energy Resources Center (ERC), which is a part of the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Glen Canyon

Please join us for our next Connected Conservation (C2) webinar on the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Eco-Logical planning process for roads and other transportation infrastructure projects on Thursday, June 27, at 3 ET. Our presenter will be Julianne Schwarzer, Chief of Policy Analysis and Strategic Planning, at the DOT's Volpe Center. Julianne will illustrate how Eco-Logical's ecosystem-focused approach can benefit landscape conservation and is already being used in efforts to reduce elk and bear fatalities on I-40 near Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

This study finds 58% fewer wildlife mortalities from wildlife-vehicle collisions where underpasses and fencing are along highways, and provides additional insight for continuous fencing along highways.
Utility Road

Please join us for our next Connected Conservation (formerly Scaling Up) webinar on utilizing roads and utility rights of way as pollinator habitat on Thursday, September 20, at 3 ET. Our presenter will be Kelly Rourke with the Pollinator Partnership, which is a non-profit organization that partners with local, regional, and federal governments; companies; universities; and others to protect pollinators and their habitats. Join Kelly to learn how the NPS can seize opportunities to manage roadsides and utility rights of way for pollinators. She'll also discuss how the NPS can collaborate with state departments of transportation, the Pollinator Partnership, and others to undertake pollinator habitat efforts.

Where high-traffic roads are situated near wildlife habit, there are significant safety and conservation concerns. Improvements to these areas depend on the quality of Wildlife-vehicle collision data collection.
This technical guide supports transportation planners and natural resource specialists using standardized, scientific approaches to determine ecological priorities and integrate them into infrastructure decision-making.

Rest stops along America’s intricate interstate highway system have long provided weary travelers with places of rest, comfort, refreshment, and even beauty. And now rest stops along a stretch of I-35 in Texas are not only attracting motorists, they are attracting monarch butterflies. Thanks to a partnership between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Native Plant Society of Texas, and Texas Department of Transportation these rest areas now host “Monarch Waystations”.

Wall Clock

Why are we chronically late? Perhaps it is because we actually believe our own excuses.


Laughing Gulls by Juliette Fernandez

We put on our life-vests and rushed out on our boat through the rugged waves angered by the approach of hurricane Alex. The air was thick with fumes and our clothes were freckled by the tainted water splashing up over the railing. Finally, it came into view. A laughing gull coated in thick, auburn oil floated helplessly, waiting to be rescued from its once-perfect home. We gently lifted it up with a net and its unblinking eye beckoned for relief.

This survey is still being developed. Access over 100 OMB approved survey questions for visitor transportation studies, compare survey methods, and your project plans with this new collaborative tool set.