THE HIGHWAY 89 STEWARDSHIP TEAM - MITIGATION, RESEARCH AND EDUCATION TO IMPROVE WILDLIFE PASSAGE.
Sara M. Holm; CA Department of Fish and Wildlife; 1701 Nimbus Rd. St. A, Rancho Cordova, CA, 95670; (530) 346-6305; sara.holm@wildlife.ca.gov;
A CalTrans carcass database was analyzed to evaluate hotspots for deer mortality on Highway 89. Grants were obtained to fund a deer telemetry study by CDFW to pinpoint current crossing of the highway by collared animals and to identify movement corridors and barriers. Grants also funded remote camera arrays to capture incidental animal use near or across the highway, and the construction of three underpasses. The number of deer or wildlife using an area, the intensity of roadkill or accidents, and physical features of the landscape were considered when identifying locations. The Team hired a teacher and built a curriculum for students in Sierra County. Students received in-class instruction and participated in many activities where they learned from agency professionals about the field of transportation ecology and the Team's efforts. The Team found that the combination of the carcass database, GPS deer collars, and remote cameras were ideal for informing decisions about mitigation needs. Twenty collared deer have crossed in the footprint of the Kyburz Flat fence and underpass. Thousands of photos of deer, and other species, have been captured on the cameras. The outreach has brought awareness to the management required to maintain wildlife, and support for the Team's work. Highway 89 but will serve a broader audience in the transportation ecology field.
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