Who Is ARC

Together, we are working to create
safe passages.

It takes innovation and collaboration among the best professionals to redesign our roads, and it takes a partnership to make this happen. ARC’s partners work in many ways to support the science, design, construction and educational potential of wildlife crossings. Our partners include foundations, NGOs, transportation agencies, and universities in Canada and the U.S.

Our work has grown from hosting the world’s first International Design Competition for Wildlife Crossing Infrastructure in 2010 to a partnership dedicated to finding and implementing leading-edge solutions to human and wildlife mobility, and to long-term landscape connectivity.

We need your help: Join us and become part of the solution.

Three ways ARC works for safe passage

ARC is organized around three core initiatives: communications, technology transfer and implementation.

Communications Initiative
The Communications Initiative is the curator of the ARC story—a story that is adapted to various contexts and audiences to best suit a diversity of educational opportunities that may include everyone from curious students to engineers, designers and policy-makers.

Our current priorities include:

  • developing this website to provide various levels of content on highway ecology, wildlife crossings, the ARC competition and the ARC initiatives in technology transfer and implementation;
  • determining how to adapt the products of the ARC competition—including physical models, design concept panels, other content and the design teams—to maximize their effect in communicating the story of ARC and of highway ecology; and
  • identifying and developing other venues, both virtual and physical, to exhibit and disseminate the story of ARC at several scales: from road ecology to wildlife crossings to landscape connectivity.

Technology Transfer Initiative
The Technology Transfer Initiative engages scientific and engineering professionals working in the natural resource and transportation fields in research, development and deployment of wildlife crossings. In doing so, we are striving to normalize the idea of mitigation infrastructure for wildlife. Through partners such as the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Western Transportation Institute (WTI), we offer technical information from the ARC competition and ongoing research related to road ecology and effective designs for crossing structures. At the same time, we will be listening and responding to the culture and needs of the transportation community so as to increase the likelihood that our information will inform and inspire built projects.

Our current priorities include:

  • outreach and dissemination to professional organizations—such as AASHTO, International Conference on Ecology and Transportation, The Wildlife Society, the Society for Conservation Biology, Local Technical Assistance Program, Institute for Transportation Engineers and Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute—via conference presentations, newsletter articles, podcasts and so forth;
  • technical assistance and targeted outreach to all levels of highway planners, designers, engineers and resource agencies, including key agencies in priority regions such as Parks Canada, Canadian Pacific and the departments of transportation (DOT) in Wyoming, Washington and Colorado;
  • surveying and interviewing DOTs as to perceived barriers to the implementation of wildlife crossings; and
  • establishing an outreach plan targeted to universities.

Implementation Initiative
The Implementation Initiative serves to advance the deployment of new wildlife crossing structures to benefit both humans and animals, and to build support for systems of crossings with key decision-makers in priority regions. A technical study that recommends a suite of mitigations for wildlife crossing I-70 between Denver and Glenwood Canyon is now complete and available for implementation by Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT). The report identifies 17 Linkage Interference Zones that require mitigation. Two of them are located in subalpine forest environments that require mitigation for lynx for which an ARC design solution is ideally suited. ARC partners are now working with state and federal agencies to select a site for Colorado’s first elevated wildlife crossing at a Linkage Interference Zone identified through this report. We expect to make a final site selection in early 2012.

In this content, our current priorities include:

  • building a wildlife bridge in Colorado;
  • mobilizing the public and raising public awareness of the need for wildlife crossings;
  • integrating wildlife crossings into day-to-day highway planning;
  • working with key agencies and stakeholders to ensure adoption of our recommendations within future highway projects;
  • increasing policy-maker awareness;
  • outreach to highway departments; and
  • broadly promoting the construction of wildlife crossings.

ARC is steadily growing and we look forward to welcoming prospective corporate, municipal, state and other partners and supporters of our work. To join us, click here.

ARC Partners

ARC Competition Finalists:

Balmori Associates (New York) with StudioMDA, Knippers Helbig Inc., David Skelly, CITA, Bluegreen, John A. Martin & Associates, and David Langdon.

HNTB Engineering with Michael Van Valkenburgh & Associates (New York) with Applied Ecological Services, Inc.

The Olin Studio (Philadelphia) with Explorations Architecture (Paris), Buro Happold (London) and Applied Ecological Services. 

Janet Rosenberg & Associates (Toronto) with Blackwell Bowick Partnership, Dougan & Associates, and Ecokare International.

Zwarts & Jansma Architects (Amsterdam) with OKRA Landscape Architects, IV-infra and Planecologie.

 
ARC Sponsors/Partners:

Center for Large Landscape Conservation

Consulate General of Canada

Coordinated Technology Implementation Program for: 

Federal Highways Administration-Office of Federal Lands Highway
National Park Service
Bureau of Indian Affairs
United States Fish and Wildlife Service
United States Forest Service

Gallivan Media

Montana State University, Western Transportation Institute

Montanans for Safe Wildlife Passage

Rocky Mountain Wild

Ryerson University

Studio:Blackwell

Western Environmental Law Center

Woodcock Foundation

ZAS Architects Inc.