Second Nature--Improving Transportation Without Putting Nature Second
April 22, 2003Defenders of Wildlife and STPP
Released on Earth Day 2003, suggests that the nation’s natural environment and wildlife habitats are at risk from both development patterns and the roads that make the development possible. The study assesses ways to lessen and avoid impacts and applauds projects in several states - including Montana, Florida and California – that reduce transportation’s negative impacts on natural habitats. The report argues that transportation plays a key role in the loss of species, damage to ecosystems, loss of wildlife habitat and compromised water quality. Land consumption, habitat fragmentation, and replacement of natural cover with impervious surfaces are to blame for transportation’s role in this destructive cycle. The report concludes with related environmental policy recommendations for inclusion in the reauthorization of the surface transportation law.