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Continuing Education for Natural Resource Professionals

Innovative Approaches to Wildlife and Highways Interactions (IAWHI)

Photograph: Route 40 cutting through habitat to the horizon. Habitat fragmentation on the Ocala National Forest with State Route 40.

Sandra Jacobson, USFS

Habitat fragmentation on the Ocala National Forest
with State Route 40. The Ocala NF is one of the last contiguous blocks of sage scrub habitat in the world,
with incredible biodiversity.


Hosted in collaboration with the
USDI Fish & Wildlife Service,
National Conservation Training Center,
State Departments of Transportation,
and State Departments of Natural Resources

Photo courtesy
Sandra Jacobson USFS

This black bear was killled on State Route 40 on the Ocala National Forest at the location of a planned wildlife underpass. The IAWH course helped Forest Service, Florida DOT and consultants to collaboratively plan effective mitigation for black bears and other wildlife.

Photograph: Bighorn sheep on Bitterroot National Forest line up in crossing a road.
Photographer: Dave Romero, USFS

Traffic volume is increasing on
highways on and off public lands.
For these bighorns on the
Bitterroot National Forest, even
a modest increase in the traffic
volume will impact their
movement and increase the
chance of vehicle collisions.
The IAWH course helps students
to recognize imminent impacts
and investigate appropriate actions.


Objectives & Description:

Upon completion of this course, you will...

  • explain how highways affect terrestrial wildlife
  • demonstrate tools to identify and reduce highway-related impacts to wildlife
  • explain the highway planning process, including large scale connectivity analyses
  • develop interdisciplinary networking opportunities.

Topics include an overview of wildlife issues relative to pre-existing highways and future highway planning; differences in impacts and solutions between low volume and high volume roads; structural and nonstructural solutions to wildlife mortality and habitat connectivity; mitigation and funding for existing highway impacts to wildlife including loss of habitat connectivity and vehicle-caused mortality; and an introduction to current resources on wildlife/highway crossings and interactions

Of special interest to Forest Service employees will be discussions on the use of statewide habitat connectivity workshops to provide a framework to identify and prioritize linkage areas in an interagency context, and the current transportation bill's mandate to involve the resource agencies in integrating transportation and conservation planning...these are practical ways Forest Service employees can influence the 'loss of open space' and its effects on adjacent national forests.

This course will focus on the highway- based mitigation measures and ongoing research of the Highway 89 Stewardship Team.

    Photograph: Bear walking out onto hwy in way of car. Photographer is Chuck Bartelbaugh.
    Photographer: Chuck Bartlebaugh

Target Audience:
Resource management biologists and engineers. Open to federal, state, and private applicants.


Delivery Options:

The video and study guide that cover part of the "Live/On-site" course. People who complete the study guide can earn college credit for it through the USFWS.

  • Live - Onsite :: Visit the Sagehen Creek Field Station website for current status.

Tuition: TBD (historically $950) includes lodging and food

  • Lodging
  • Food (Monday dinner to Friday lunch)
  • Instruction
  • Materials




Registration Status:


Sagehen Creek Field Station



Forest Service employees - 'Request' in AgLearn. Register at:


USDA Forest Service and University of California - Berkeley

AgLearn Keywords: highway, transportation, wildlife

Finding in AgLearn :: If you need help requesting, contact Shelly Witt for registration.

Dropping from the Workshop: Tuition is low for this workshop consequently there is not much leeway on letting people drop. If you are registered, check with us first, just in case we have a waiting list. If there is not a waiting list, you will need to find a substitute or pay fixed costs. The budget has been set and spent based on current confirmation. Thank you for your understanding and consideration.

Agenda & Workshop Info


  • TBD

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Forest Service Continuing Education for Natural Resource Professionals
Author: Shelly Witt, National Continuing Education Coordinator,
WFW staff
Phone: 435-881-4203
Expires: none

Photo Credits

USDA Forest Service
1400 Independence Ave., SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-0003
(202) 205-8333

 Last Modified: November 2014