road at dusk with mountains

Science of Road Ecology

By Kristen Pope

Researchers are changing the ways we see, think about, and manage our roadways

“People don’t really think about this impact that roads have because roads and cars are such an important part of our life in North America,” says Western Transportation Institute (WTI) senior research scientist Tony Clevenger.

person touching roadkill on road

Ride for Roadkill

By Birch Malotky

Montana cyclists are helping make the state’s roads safer for wildlife and people

Crowell Herrick, 63, rides his gravel bike down Montana Highway 1, wearing a high-vis vest.

salamanders

Amphibian Crossing

By Rhiannon Jakopak

Carrying salamanders across roadways helps local populations persist

On a rainy April night when temperatures peeked just above freezing, around 30 people spread out along a well-traveled street next to a city park in Laramie, Wyoming.

devils tower with motorists

Road Noise

By Kristen Pope

Traffic sounds disturb wildlife far beyond the asphalt

Leather-clad motorcyclists cruised around Devils Tower National Monument in August 2015

pelican swimming

Paving Paradise to Put Up Parking Lots

By Aubin Douglas

Can Western cities grow without displacing their neighboring natural wonders?

My first visit to the Great Salt Lake was a graduate course field trip to the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge. 

sagebrush drawing

After the Road

By Tessa Wittman

How to restore sagebrush habitat on decommissioned roads

In the natural gas fields of western Wyoming, innumerable dirt roads cut through the sagebrush steppe, connecting gas wells and carrying heavy equipment.

a road with pine trees on other side

Road Wager

By Nathan C. Martin

Agencies bet that hundreds of miles of temporary new roads can help a forest

The Medicine Bow National Forest is the most densely roaded forest in Wyoming. Interstate 80 borders it to the north, and winding byways bisect its major mountain ranges—the Sierra Madre and the Snowy Range.

pronghorn walks through pilot hill in Laramie Wyoming

Hikers and Wildlife Cross Paths

By Meghan Kent

Researchers investigate non-motorized recreation’s ecological impacts

Following his GPS, University of Wyoming field technician Michael Gjellum descends into a canyon between the folded foothills of Pilot Hill, keeping a careful eye out for mountain lion activity.

elk

Intersecting Roads

Perspective From Corinna Riginos

The need to value and safeguard wildlife movements

Roads may well be humankind’s greatest source of metaphors, inspiration for a plethora of phrases about journeys and all the bumps, bends, twists, and turns along them.

Cheatgrass field

Cheatgrass on Fire

The race to save an ecosystem

Locals speculate that Nevada’s largest fire may have started with a Fourth of July firework launched in a canyon. But no one really knows. The 2018 Martin Fire seemed small and innocuous, until a weather cell moved into northern Nevada.