Map of the McArthur Lake Wildlife Safety Project
In an effort to encourage sustainable choices and minimize impact on the environment, AT&T has recently teamed up with The Nature Conservancy in Idaho to encourage its customers to skip the bag when purchasing items. Through January 2014, if you visit any AT&T retail stores in Idaho, 10 cents per bag saved will be donated by AT&T to The Nature Conservancy, in support of our conservation work and programs in such places as McArthur Lake.
The McArthur Lake Wildlife Corridor stitches together over a million acres of public lands in North Idaho. The corridor provides important habitat and connectivity for eight federally listed species and over 24 species designated as Idaho's Species of Greatest Conservation Need.
But in this same area, wildlife and passing vehicles too often come into contact, resulting in more collisions than any other state highway in Idaho.
Between 2000 and 2010, there were 321 wildlife related accidents reported on Highway 95 in the McArthur Lake vicinity. Two of these accidents caused human fatalities, and 36 more resulted in injuries. All told, these wildlife-vehicle collisions cost an estimated $4.9 million, ranging from loss of life to vehicle repairs.
From 2000 to 2009, the Idaho Transportation Department reported nearly 500 deer, elk, and moose killed by vehicles in the proposed project area.
With community support, we can save human lives and the unique wildlife that frequent this area. By pro-actively installing and maintaining signage and animal detection systems, we can improve safety and reduce collisions in a valued Idaho destination.
Support this project and help animals like moose, elk, and deer safely cross the road.
Between now and October, your contribution provides the matching funds needed for the Conservancy to leverage a $100,000 grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation for this project.
Why conservation at McArthur Lake?
Of Idaho’s 53 million acres, 64 percent are publicly owned. However, these large blocks of higher elevation public lands are often separated by lower elevation highways and private lands that are rapidly being developed. Protecting the ability for species to move across a landscape is especially important given the emerging threats of climate change. This project is a great step forward in protecting the expansive landscape of the Northern Rockies and the iconic wildlife that live there.