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Keeping It Simple: Easy Ways to Help Wildlife Along Roads

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An endangered mouse gets help from a boardwalk

Elevated boardwalk over sandy beach dune habitat

"Perdido" may mean "lost" in Spanish, but the federally endangered Perdido Beach Mouse is simply hidden from view, and thanks to an elevated boardwalk over its habitat, protected from crushing human feet. Alabama Department of Transportation maintenance workers constructed the 300-foot boardwalk in less than two weeks, to mitigate for potential impacts to the mouse from a new bridge over Perdido Bay Inlet in Baldwin County. The project, which begins at the cordoned-off Perdido Key parking lot, keeps visitors to Orange Beach from making their own way across the sand through the fragile dunes where the Perdido beach mice live and feed on the seeds of sea oats and beach grass. Indeed, very few beachgoers have taken unwanted paths through the dunes since the boardwalk was constructed.

John Shill, (334) 242-6132 or shillj@dot.state.al.us



Picture of various animals

Doing the right thing - simply

"Keeping it simple" is more than a concept. It's a commitment.

It means using simple solutions when simple solutions will work.

It involves going beyond "compliance" to identify easy ways of helping wildlife and fish.

It means doing the right thing just because it's the right thing to do and because one has an opportunity to do it.

"We can build bat roosts in pre-fab bridge concrete or extend the right-of-way fence to create elkproof fencing," says April Marchese, Director of FHWA's Office of Natural and Human Environment. "Simple measures like these link habitats, reduce roadkill, and save taxpayer dollars."

This website highlights more than 100 simple, successful projects from all 50 states and beyond. Each is "easy." Most are low- or no-cost. All benefit wildlife, fish, or their habitats.

Many projects were completed only once - to protect specific species in specific environmental conditions. Others have been repeated numerous times and have become "routine."

Some projects are undertaken regularly because research has proven them effective. Others are new innovations, "best practices," or state-of-the-art strategies.

Some projects - for example, modifying mowing cycles and installing oversized culverts in streams - are common to a large number of states. Others represent a simple solution to a site-specific environmental challenge.

We invite you to explore them all. We encourage you to find out for yourselves, through this website, how transportation professionals are working with others to do the right thing for wildlife and--wherever possible--to do it "simply."

Updated: 12/12/2012
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