People's Way Partnership

Project Description

The People’s Way Project is a unique partnership between the Western Transportation Institute at Montana State University (WTI), the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes (CSKT), and Defenders of Wildlife (Defenders). US Highway 93 (US93) is a reconstructed highway that runs near Missoula to Polson, MT. It is the most extensive wildlife-sensitive highway design effort in North America, created in part to maintain wildlife habitat connectivity. It includes a diverse range of 42 wildlife crossing structures (WCSs) and 16.6 miles of wildlife fencing along this 56-mile segment of US93 on the Fl...

Project Map

Publicly Accessible: Yes
County: Lake County, MT
Project Size:
  • 60.07 miles

Project Sites

  • People's Way Partnership

Goals and Targets

Primary Motivations:

  • Mitigation
    Wildlife considerations in highway design reduce animal-vehicle collisions and allow wildlife to cross the highway safely

Targeted Habitats:

  • Forests and Woodlands
  • Shrublands and Grasslands
  • Wetlands and Riparian Habitats

Targeted Species:

No targeted species were identified for this project.

Conservation Actions

Action Status Start Year End Year
Education Ongoing Management 2010 2015
Public outreach efforts


Is the success of this project's actions being monitored? No/Unknown

Quick Facts

Owning Organization

Defenders of Wildlife

Managing Organization

Contact Information

Kylie Paul

General Information

Project #: 99796
Last Updated: August 11, 2012

Project Relations


Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes
Defenders of Wildlife
Western Transportation Institute

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