Re-published with permission from the IP News
This is the Highway 20, Targhee Pass Project Scoping Report, first joint comment submission noting Citation #12 by Yellowstone to Yukon and The Greater Yellowstone Coalition.
For a researcher, rarely do you find a definitive document that is full of multiple validations. Usually it takes months of dogged discovery of bits and pieces of information that you find in multiple sources, and it requires the researcher to pull it all together in one place.
The Center for Large Landscape Conservation did that for us in the 2017 Newsletter and past articles Ken Watts has written for this paper have broke down that document.
Further validation of the Center for Large Landscape Conservation’s role in the Targhee Pass Project can be found in the scoping report.
Last week, I reported about citation #11, found in the first joint comment submitted by The Yellowstone to Yukon Initiative and the Greater Yellowstone Coalition. This week I will follow with citation #12 of the same comment submission.
The subject of both citations are about two letters, submitted to ITD concerning future funding and projects coming available.
These letters speak to intimate knowledge about the upcoming project at Targhee Pass in the first place, and how wildlife passages were introduced into what was originally a scheduled highway upgrade on a segment whose life-cycle requires it.
"A separate letter was submitted regarding both Targhee Pass and other statewide ITIP projects by GYC, Y2Y, and other partners throughout the state and region, which also requested funding to implement wildlife passage mitigation.”
Citation #12 credits:
Callahan, Renee (Center for Large Landscape Conservation), Domenech, Elizabeth (Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative), McClure, Meredith, (Center for Large Landscape Conservation), Paul, Kylie (Defenders of Wildlife), Robinson, Lacy (Yellowstone to Yukon Initiative), Trotter, Kim (Yellowstone to Yukon Initiative). Letter to Idaho Transportation Department, Attn: Adam Rush, Comments on Idaho Transportation Department 2017-2021 Idaho.
When ITD credited this community for the requests that they had received asking for wildlife overpasses to be introduced into this project, they were in fact misleading this community. Those requests did not come from us, they came from the largest and most influential conservation/environmentalist NGOs operating in our 5-western state region.
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