While the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) claims they have included public input from IP residents, they are clearly more focused on learning more about wildlife overpasses from other states. The Island Park Safe Wildlife Passage Initiative (IPSWPI) was more than happy to advertise this comradery, not only with ITD but with Idaho Fish and Game (IDFG), Wyoming Department of Transportation (WDT), and Wyoming Game & Fish (WGF) as well.
This graphic clearly shows the heavy focus on wildlife overpasses by ITD and IDFG over other alternatives, alternatives that are far more reasonable at Targhee Pass given the geography, historical significance, and wetlands that would be significantly destroyed by three overpasses. The overpass structure they are looking at is in an isolated, flat terrain that does not even remotely reflect the Targhee Pass geography.
ITD and IDFG should be asked why they devote such time to overpasses while not considering as much time discussing other alternatives with IP residents. IP residents are only allowed a three hour meeting every couple of months, where the dominant display is for overpasses, and told to write other alternatives down. Where is the collaborative balance in this?
Making Sense of It All
This blog will help you make sense out of all the information on the website, how it affects IP, previous articles in the IP News, our history, and how efforts continue to put IP into various forms of conservation status.