Island Park Safe Wildlife Passage Initiative Launches with Screening of Wild Ways at Harriman State Park
June 22, 2016
Island Park, ID – The Henry’s Fork Legacy Project invites you to a screening of the film Wild Ways: Corridors of Life on Saturday, July 2nd. The event will begin at 6:00 p.m. at the Boys House at Harriman State Park and is open to the public.
Wild Ways is a ground breaking film about the challenges of preserving biodiversity on an ever more crowded planet. From North America’s Yellowstone to Yukon region to Southern Africa’s elephant highways stretching across five nations, learn how connectivity conservation offers hope to some of our planet’s most cherished – but endangered – species.
“Wild Ways demonstrates, through a message of hope, how some of the world’s most beloved species can be preserved by linking the world’s wildlife refuges through safe highway passage and open land”, says Kim Trotter, Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Y2Y) US Program Director.
The film will be followed by a discussion about safe wildlife passage on Highway 20 in Island Park. Nearly one out of four of all accidents on Highway 20 through Island Park are due to collisions with wildlife, almost five times the national average. Vehicle collisions with wildlife cause significant vehicle damage, threaten public safety, and alter wildlife movement.
“Large mammals migrating between Yellowstone National Park and seasonal habitats in eastern Idaho rely on safe passage across Highway 20 in Island Park. Some animals cross twice per year during their spring and fall migrations while others that have seasonal home ranges encompassing the highway corridor may cross dozens of times each year, says Shane Roberts, Roberts, Principal Wildlife Research Biologist, Idaho Department of Fish and Game. “Maintaining safe passage corridors is important for large mammals inhabiting Yellowstone National Park and eastern Idaho.”
The Island Park Safe Wildlife Passage Initiative will work to protect people and wildlife as increased visitation to Yellowstone results in higher traffic through Island Park. The initiative is a working group of the Henry’s Fork Legacy Project, a collaboration of local organizations and agencies dedicated to conserving the rural landscapes and unique natural resources of the Upper Henry’s Fork.
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For more information, contact:
Kim Trotter, Safe Wildlife Passage Initiative Committee Chair
(cell) 208-709-1114 | firstname.lastname@example.org