Grab your lunch and join Rocky Mountain Wild’s wildlife biologist, Paige Singer, for an exploration of one of Colorado’s most important wildlife movement corridors – East Vail Pass.
East Vail Pass is home to one of the few known breeding populations of Canada lynx outside of southwest Colorado, and radio-collar data have shown that resident lynx frequently cross I-70 in this area. RMW, and our partners, have been advocating for wildlife crossing structures to be built in this important wildlife movement corridor for over a decade. Today, this partnership is one step closer to realizing its vision of reconnecting the relatively intact landscape along I-70 on the east side of Vail Pass with the completion of the I-70 East Vail Pass Wildlife Crossings Feasibility Study in the Fall of 2020 by the Wood Engineering team. The feasibility study developed and evaluated preliminary engineering designs for three proposed crossing structures on East Vail Pass. These proposed structures, which include an overpass and two underpasses, will reconnect this important landscape for a wide variety of wildlife species, including the elusive Canada lynx.
Paige Singer will give participants a personal tour of a StoryMap created to tell the story of the importance of East Vail Pass and the findings of the feasibility study.