By Tyler Dungannon, Conservation Coordinator
OHA actively contributes to efforts to improve wildlife habitat connectivity and reduce wildlife-vehicle collisions across Oregon, and we are now working as part of the Southern Oregon Wildlife Crossing Coalition (SOWCC) to mitigate negative impacts of Interstate 5 south of Ashland.
Like our involvement with the Oregon Action Team on Ungulate Migration, SOWCC is diverse in composition and includes representation from ODFW, BLM, Southern Oregon University, Trout Unlimited, and many others.
Oregon Department of Transportation has identified several stretches of high wildlife-vehicle collision density between Ashland and the California border. Working with Coalition partners, we have identified six sites with high potential for effective wildlife crossings in this stretch of I-5.
Our next step is to undertake a feasibility study and preliminary design for the most practical and effectual sites to get wildlife across the interstate safely.