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Speak up for Idaho's wildlife

Help create safer roads for both people and wildlife in Idaho.

Now is the time to let decision-makers in Idaho know it is important to protect wildlife on and near roads.

Until July 30, Idaho Transportation Department is looking for comments on their draft Idaho Transportation Investment Program.

This is a key opportunity to let them know wildlife crossings matter. Do so on this map or by submitting comments on this form.

If you're not sure where to start, we have included a template below.

Let's make sure Idaho Transportation Department knows people across Yellowstone to Yukon support protecting and conserving Idaho's iconic wildlife while helping create safer roads for all.

Thank you,

Kim Trotter
U.S. Program Director

Please send your message via this form.

SAMPLE LETTER

To whom it may concern,

In light of Idaho Transportation Department's request for public feedback on the Idaho Transportation Investment Program, I would like to share my comments.

As Idaho plans for the next generation of highway projects, it is of utmost importance to address the safety of humans and wildlife in the planning process. Roads that are safer for wildlife are almost assuredly safer for people, too.

I also value the ways wildlife positively impact Idaho's economy, cultural identity and way of life. I commend you for your projects that specifically note improved fish and wildlife passage, and request you consider and fully fund appropriate wildlife crossings in areas where wildlife are often near or on roads.

Wildlife under- and over-passes, speed reductions, and fencing need to be key components of your project plans, as they have been proven to greatly improve safety for drivers and animals.

Specific projects that would benefit from wildlife considerations include Highways 20 and 30 in east Idaho, Highway 21 near Boise, Highway 28 from Leadore to Salmon, and Highway 95 north of Sandpoint, many of which have been identified as hotspots in a 2014 statewide wildlife vehicle collision study.

Thinking about highway safety from the beginning of planning and design makes sound economic and project management sense. I trust the Idaho Transportation Department will do everything in their power to ensure the safety and continued prosperity of wildlife and people in the region.

Please show your commitment to the safety of wildlife by ensuring that reduction of wildlife-vehicle collisions and maintaining wildlife connectivity is the driving force behind improvements to our state's roadways.

Sincerely,