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Posted 09.22.11 | PERMALINK | ESSAY

Laura Tepper: Road Ecology: Wildlife Habitat and Highway Design

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The iconic wildlife overpasses along the Trans-Canada Highway in Banff National Park facilitate wildlife movement and protect animals and vehicles from colliding. Six landscaped bridges, each 180 to 200 feet wide, extend habitat across the highway in strategic locations identified by researchers overlaying data about wildlife-vehicle collisions and animal migration patterns. They feature natural elements from the surrounding ecosystems, including immature spruce-pine forest favored by bears and sticks and scree preferred by amphibians and small mammals. Humans (except researchers) are banned from the crossings. Click image to enlarge. [All photos by Laura Tepper except as noted.]

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ABOUT THE ESSAY

Road Ecology: Wildlife Habitat and Highway Design
On Places, Laura Tepper looks at the emerging field of road ecology and its influence on a new generation of highway landscape design.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Laura Tepper explored highway landscapes on a traveling fellowship from UC Berkeley. She practices landscape design in San Francisco.
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