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February Third Sunday

  • 02/18/2024
  • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Zoom

Today's presentation will be by Tracy Davids on "Safe Passage." 

Tracy Davids is the Outreach Committee Chair for the Safe Passage Fund Coalition comprised of The Conservation Fund, Defenders of Wildlife, Great Smoky Mountains Association, National Parks Conservation Association, North Carolina Wildlife Federation, Wildlands Network and The Wilderness Society — all of which are dedicated to making the 28-mile section of Interstate 40 in the Pigeon River Gorge a safer place for wildlife and humans alike. They are supported by a stakeholder group of nearly 20 federal, state, tribal, and non-governmental organizations. More information on the coalition can be found at smokiessafepassage.org.

Since 2017, more than 20 regional organizations have been collaborating to make Interstate 40 between Asheville and Knoxville safer for people and wildlife. This partnership ultimately led to the creation of Safe Passage: The I-40 Pigeon River Gorge Wildlife Crossing Project.

This presentation will explore what this coalition is doing to prevent wildlife-vehicle collisions in this vital wildlife corridor. You’ll hear the story of how this project got started, why it's important, what’s a stake, who’s involved, what activities are currently underway to provide safe passage for wildlife across this major highway that bisects the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Pisgah National Forest, and how you can help.

Bring your own coffee and snacks. 

Topic: RET February Third Sunday

Time: Feb 18, 2024 10:30 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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