The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) today announced a $20,000 grant from Orvis Company, Inc. that will help fund the WCS North America Program's continued conservation efforts along the "Path of the Pronghorn."
For more than a decade, WCS has studied the approximate 93-mile (150 km) migration of pronghorn along the path between wintering grounds in the Upper Green River Basin and summering grounds in Grand Teton National Park (GTNP). This led to collaboration with GTNP and Bridger Teton National Forest to bring about the designation of the Path of the Pronghorn as the first and only federally designated migration corridor in the United States.
As part of their research, WCS scientists used GPS tracking collars to collect information over the course of five years on the location and timing of pronghorn movements and impediments to migration such as fences, roadways, pipelines, and other energy development infrastructure.
The grant will be used to continue WCS efforts to understand the effectiveness of two overpass structures and six underpass structures recently constructed to enhance habitat connectivity for pronghorn along the designated migration corridor. This information will be used to inform similar efforts for migrating pronghorn and other species in other regions of the US.
WCS Conservation Scientist Jon Beckmann said, "Funding like this is critical to Path of the Pronghorn research and to turning that research into action. Continued conservation efforts coupled with partnerships among government officials, land and transportation planners, and others will ensure that the Grand Teton National Park's ecosystem remains ecologically intact and that this 6,000 year-old migrationthe longest overland migration in the contiguous United States remains a part of our national heritage."
Last fall, the newly constructed overpasses provided safe passage for thousands of migrating pronghorn over U.S. Highway 19
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