Tag: wildlife crossings

  1. Safe Passage facilitator Jeff Hunter named Wildlife Conservationist of the Year

    Safe Passage facilitator Jeff Hunter named Wildlife Conservationist of the Year Work hard; play harder. This catchy philosophy of work-life balance can be aptly ascribed to Jeffrey Hunter of Burnsville, an avid long-distance hiker and fan of the Grateful Dead who was recently named Wildlife Conservationist of the Year in the North Carolina Wildlife Federation’s Governor’s Conservation Awards. Read more...
  2. Stage Is Set for Wildlife Enhancements on Interstate 40

    Stage Is Set for Wildlife Enhancements on Interstate 40 If you’ve traveled Interstate 40 between Asheville and Knoxville lately, you know there is some construction going on not far from the boundary of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. But what exactly is happening? Interstate 40 sees more than 28,500 vehicles per day between Asheville, North Carolina, and Knoxville, Tennessee Read more...
  3. TEDx Speaker Champions Safe Passage Project for Wildlife

    TEDx Speaker Champions Safe Passage Project for Wildlife When Nikki Robinson walked out onto the stage during the final dress rehearsal for TEDx Asheville last month, the spotlights of the Diana Wortham Theatre shining in her eyes, she thought, “This is what it feels like to be a deer in the headlights.” And then she smiled and relaxed a bit, realizing the irony of that thought. After Read more...
  4. Northern River Otters Stage a Comeback

    Northern River Otters Stage a Comeback Intriguing, humorous, and stealthy, river otters are seldom seen. But after being gone for 50 years, they have reclaimed their place as denizens of the Southern Appalachians. “Otters make their homes in many watersheds in and around our mountain region and in Great Smoky Mountains National Park,” said Supervisory Wildlife Biologist Read more...
  5. The Fates lend their voices to new music video benefiting Safe Passage project

    The Fates lend their voices to new music video benefiting Safe Passage project The Fates — vocalist and guitarist Natalie Karrh, vocalist, pianist and bassist Lexi McGraw, and vocalist and violinist Bella Wells-Fried (left to right) — captured inside the graffiti-riddled tunnel in Unicoi County, TN, that provides their safe passage under the highway in the new music video “Safe Passage: Read more...
  6. Travis Wilson Helps Provide Safe Passage for Wildlife Near the Park

    Travis Wilson Helps Provide Safe Passage for Wildlife Near the Park Biologist Travis W. Wilson spends his days on the road—literally. It’s his job to assess the impacts of transportation projects and their effects on the fish and wildlife of North Carolina. As the Eastern Department of Transportation Habitat Conservation Coordinator with North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC), Wilson Read more...
  7. Research Holds Key to Wildlife Crossing Success on I-40 in the Pigeon River Gorge

    Research Holds Key to Wildlife Crossing Success on I-40 in the Pigeon River Gorge On November 3, the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) announced that when it begins to replace the Harmon Den bridge on Interstate 40 between Asheville and Knoxville later this month, a wildlife underpass will be included in the construction. Just 48 hours later, the House passed a $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill including $ Read more...
  8. Road Ecology Comes to Southern Appalachia

    Road Ecology Comes to Southern Appalachia By Frances Figart, Creative Services Director On July 1, the United States House of Representatives passed the INVEST in America Act to reauthorize funding for transportation projects across the country. Aiming to protect biodiversity, stimulate the economy, and reduce highway fatalities, the bill proposes $400 million for projects to reduce Read more...
  9. New Book Teaches Youth About Need for Wildlife Crossings

    New Book Teaches Youth About Need for Wildlife Crossings By Frances Figart, Creative Services Director When I started working at Great Smoky Mountains Association in 2017, I figured I would write a book at some point in my tenure. But I never dreamed I would become the author of a children’s book. The impetus for it goes back to my own childhood, which was idyllic. I grew up in Eastern Read more...
  10. GSMA publishes educational adventure to teach young readers about wildlife crossings

    GSMA publishes educational adventure to teach young readers about wildlife crossings GSMA is pleased to announce the publication of A Search for Safe Passage, an educational adventure for readers ages seven to 13 written by Creative Services Director Frances Figart and illustrated by GSMA Publications Specialist Emma DuFort. A Search for Safe Passage tells the story of best friends Bear and Deer who grew up together on the Read more...

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