Tuesday, November 18, 2008
More Turtle Love from Florida!
According to WCTV in Tallahassee, a group of about 50 students, their teacher, and local environmentalists have taken great strides to help prevent turtle roadkill. When highway 27 was built in the 1960's, it disrupted the ecosystem of Lake Jackson by splitting the body of water in two. Turtles frequently try to cross the freeway to get to the other half of the lake, only to have their life ended abruptly by a passing vehicle... about two thousand each year. Thanks to the advocacy of these students and others, the local transportation planning agency has agreed to give this matter priority to federal funds set aside for such projects. Someday there will be an ecopassage underneath the bridge where turtles can safely cross as well as a barrier wall to prevent them from taking a walk on the wild side through speeding traffic. The agency needs about 1.8 million more before it can begin, but has already set aside 4.2 million dollars for this project.