US 93 Preconstruction Wildlife Monitoring Field Methods Handbook

The US 93 reconstruction project on the Flathead Indian Reservation in northwest Montana represents one of the most extensive wildlife-sensitive highway design efforts to occur in the continental United States. The reconstruction will include installations of 42 fish and wildlife crossing structures and approximately 15 miles (24 km) of wildlife exclusion fencing for a total investment of over $9 million. The Western Transportation Institute at Montana State University (WTI), the Montana Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) are working collaboratively with Tribal organizations and other stakeholders to redesign a rural highway within a multiple use landscape that accommodates the needs and concerns of different institutions, cultures and priorities. WTI is leading the evaluation of how the wildlife crossing structures and wildlife fencing affect deer- and bear-vehicle collisions and movements in a multiple-use rural landscape. The evaluation will include the collection and analysis of both pre- and post construction data. To investigate the effectiveness of the mitigation measures based on comparing before and after data, consistency within and between field observers during pre- and post-construction data collection is essential. This handbook was developed to maintain standardized field data collection methods throughout Phase I (pre-construction data collection), to ensure the safety of personnel working on US 93, to provide practical information for day-to-day tasks, to document important details regarding the methods used, and to provide background information on successful methods that can be incorporated into Best Management Practices (BMPs). This manual will be an important tool for preserving data collection protocols and standards over the duration of this project and between different personnel. All US 93 field personnel involved in WTI’s evaluation project will be required to read, understand, and follow the procedures in this Handbook. Beyond this project, the methods detailed in this Handbook can be adapted for other wildlife mitigation monitoring programs and successful applications of these methods will be outlined for the forthcoming BMPs.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Maps; Photos; References;
  • Pagination: 53p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01626515
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FHWA/MT-06-008/1744-2
  • Contract Numbers: 1744
  • Created Date: Feb 6 2017 5:02PM