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Keeping It Simple: Easy Ways to Help Wildlife Along Roads

Bid-plan specifications safeguard "unprotected" wildlife habitat

If you want to save certain trees and shrubs for wildlife habitat, and that habitat is not protected by any law or regulation, one simple solution is to do what the Colorado Department of Transportation does whenever the vegetation in a project area provides wildlife habitat. For these projects, the Department includes standard specifications on "the protection of existing vegetation" in bid plans to the contractor. Among the specifications are requirements that vegetation areas designated for protection be fenced, as shown in the plans, and that trees or shrubs damaged during construction be replaced. The specifications - and the resulting precautions taken by the contractor - have saved wildlife habitat in places like Middle Bijou Creek in Arapahoe County, home to mourning doves, great blue herons, black-crowned night herons, and other migratory birds.
 
--Apr 25, 2003

Cathy Curtis, (303) 757-9174 or cathy.curtis@dot.state.co.us

Photo shows trees that were protected by fencing during construction
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Trees were protected by fencing during construction near Middle Bijou Creek

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