Last week, the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) and nearly 40 other organizations sent a letter to the House Transportation Committee in support of funding for wildlife crossings to be included in a future House Transportation Bill.
The letter calls for the inclusion of wildlife crossings, including bridges, overpasses, tunnels, viaducts, culverts, fencing, and other strategic infrastructure to reduce wildlife-vehicle collisions. The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) reports costs associated with wildlife-vehicle collisions are upwards of $8 billion annually, and funding provided through a Transportation Bill would help mitigate the costs and impact of these collisions. Similarly, DOT reports that roughly 300,000 wildlife-vehicle collisions occur annually.
S. 2302, the America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act, which passed the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works unanimously, includes an innovative program to provide $250 million over five years in competitive grants to states, tribes, and local government for wildlife infrastructure projects that reduce the number of wildlife-vehicle collisions and to improve habitat connectivity.
CSF will continue to work to secure the inclusion of similar language to S. 2302 in the House Transportation Bill.
Studies conducted at both the state and federal level have found that the number of hunters and trappers have been on a generally declining trend over the past several decades. To increase recruitment, retention, and reactivation (R3) of hunters and trappers, which initiative do you think would have the greatest impact?