Partners convened at the inaugural Montana Wildlife and Transportation Summit held in December 2018 at Carroll College in Helena to chart a course for working together to improve safe passage for wildlife and travelers on Montana roads.
The Summit Final Report is now available online at www.mdt.mt.gov/pubinvolve/mwt/. The report contains specific recommendations and commitments that resulted from the gathering as well as a summary of the conference proceedings.
More than 160 people participated in the Summit, which was co-convened by the Governor’s office; Montana Department of Transportation; Fish, Wildlife & Parks; the Western Transportation Institute; and Montanans for Safe Wildlife Passage.
“Our state ranks second to only West Virginia for traffic-related collisions with wildlife,” said Gov. Steve Bullock during a speech he gave to open the Summit. “As we work to improve safety and improve wildlife connectivity, it will take engagement of all of the people these journeys touch along the way.”
The two-day Summit was a first step for stakeholders to share information, strengthen working relationships, and develop collaborative strategies to address wildlife and transportation conflicts in Montana.