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Frog fence along Vermont Rt. 2 in sandbar wildlife management area collaboration between Vermont Agency of Transportation and Vermont Agency of Natural Resources

  • Author(s): Hoffman, Nelson
  • et al.
Abstract

The Sandbar Wildlife Management Area (SWMA) is on the northeast shore of Lake Champlain in Vermont. The wetlands of SWMA are bisected by US Rt. 2, an arterial highway with average daily traffi c (ADT) of 10,200. There are hundreds of acres of wetlands and forested upland on both sides of Rt. 2. Wildlife commonly crosses the highway, which results in a high incidence of roadkill. Northern leopard frogs (Rana pipiens) are a signifi cant portion of the roadkill. The Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) in collaboration with the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources (VANR) installed silt fences as a barrier to keep animals off the highway. This is a short-term solution that also provided a test for the use of temporary fences to direct movement of animals. The long-term solution must include the installation of culverts and permanent fencing. A secondary benefi t of the project was to promote the needs for wildlife crossing in Vermont through media coverage of the project.

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