Wildlife for Wildways

On Thursday, January 5th, the Vail Symposium will be holding an event through Rocky Mountain Wild called Wildlife for Wildways. The Vail Symposium is a grassroots, non-profit organization that has been part of the life and history of Vail since 1971. Their mission is to provide educational programs for the Vail Valley community that are thought-provoking, diverse and affordable. WILD’s Strategic Conservation Advisor, Harvey Locke, will be speaking in this panel discussion, and you won’t want to miss it!

Location: Vail Mountain School: 3000 Booth Falls Road, Vail, CO 81657
Time
: 6:30 pm Reception, 7:00 pm Lecture
Tickets
: $35, or $25 for VS donors

Wildlife, like people, must move in order to meet their daily needs. Yet oftentimes our transportation systems stand in the way of wildlife. Colorado’s Interstate 70 (I-70) between
Golden and Glenwood Springs presents the biggest obstacle to wildlife movement in our region.

For over a decade, the Colorado Department of Transportation has been working on plans to relieve congestion along I-70. This planning effort has provided a unique opportunity to find ways to restore connections between wildlife habitat on the north and south side of the highway. One innovative tool to move wildlife safely throughout their territory is an elevated wildlife bridge over the interstate. In this panel discussion, Theodore P. Zoli, Nina-Marie Lister and Harvey Locke will share their respective expertise on the importance of wildlife movement to ecosystem health and innovations that can affordably and beautifully redesign public infrastructure to accommodate both wildlife and growing human communities.

Theodore P. Zoli is a structural engineer who is leading the design of elegant and enduring bridges around the world and making major technological advances to protect transportation infrastructure in the event of natural and man-made disasters.

Nina-Marie Lister is Visiting Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture & Urban Planning at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. She was the Professional Advisor to the ARC International Design Competition, which developed innovative designs for a wildlife crossing structure in Colorado.

Harvey Locke is a conservationist, writer and photographer. He is a recognized global leader in the field of parks, wilderness and large landscape conservation and has extensive experience with the development and effectiveness of wildlife crossing structures over highways.

>>Visit the official Vail Symposium event page

>>See what one of our Directors had to say about the event!

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