Oregon’s Wildlife Crossings Investment Act Could Make Humans and Wildlife Safer

Pew expresses support for funding bill to reduce roadway collisions

Oregon's Act Could Make Humans and Wildlife Safer

On Feb. 2, 2022, The Pew Charitable Trusts submitted a statement in support of H.B. 4130-1, the Wildlife Crossings Investment Act, which is before the Oregon State Legislature. The bill would allocate $7 million to the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) to build wildlife roadway crossings. In 2019, ODOT recorded over 6,100 wildlife-vehicle collisions across the state, resulting in a loss of lives and money. 

In its comments, Pew noted that reducing these collisions would make Oregon’s roads safer for people and animals—a win for motorists, wildlife, and local communities.

A pair of elk crossing the Elkhorn Scenic Byway in Baker County, Oregon.
A pair of elk crossing the Elkhorn Scenic Byway in Baker County, Oregon.
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Oregon Should Use Federal Funds for Wildlife Crossings

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Speeches & Testimony

On Dec. 7, 2021, an expert from The Pew Charitable Trusts testified before the Oregon Transportation Commission and Department of Transportation on how the state should use the $1.2 billion in federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act funds allocated for Oregon’s transportation system.

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Article

Efforts to Help Wildlife Cross a Highway Are Working

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U.S. Highway 97 runs for nearly 670 miles through national forests, lava fields, and farmed valleys. The land is prime habitat for myriad species, including elk, mule deer, and pronghorn, that migrate between their summer and winter homes. That means that twice a year, hundreds of thousands of animals cross the busy road to reach their seasonal ranges.

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Opinion

New Infrastructure Law is a Win for Drivers and Wildlife

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The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act of 2021, passed by Congress and signed into law earlier this month by President Joe Biden, means more than relief from potholes, congestion, and highways and bridges that are in desperate need of repair.

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