Green bridges for wildlife to permit animals cross human-made barriers like highways and railroads also to avoid car collisions and permits the expansion of species. This is in Tossa de Mar, Girona Catalonia, Spain. Photo Credit: Artur Debat/Getty ImagesAnimals United States
Millions in Funding, to Protect and Connect Wildlife
The United States government has set aside $350 million in infrastructure funds to build wildlife crossings along busy roads.
“What we’re seeing is wildlife moving into new areas, and so projects like this will help wildlife reconnect on the land to historic spaces and the spaces that will sustain them ecologically as they’re facing climate change,” explains United States Congresswoman Melanie Stansbury.
The first-of-its-kind pilot program is expected to both protect and connect wildlife as well as to help prevent vehicle-wildlife collisions that can harm both people and animals. It is the largest single sum that has ever been allocated to address the issue, with the money being made available to state and local governments as well as to Native American tribes.