About UsSummit County Safe Passages
Who We Are
A Collaborative Team of Stakeholders
Summit County Safe Passages consists of a collaborative team of stakeholders working toward a common vision of balancing wildlife needs with the ever-growing human population in Summit County. We are local, state and federal agencies, land managers, county and town planners, ski areas, recreation groups, conservation organizations and other invested community members.
How We Started
The non-profit organization emerged following a year-long effort between these stakeholders to provide a common vision and specific recommendations for protecting wildlife movement corridors and reducing wildlife related collisions.
100% Volunteer Run
Each of our partners brings invaluable perspectives and expertise to the various activities of this initiative. Summit County Safe Passages maintains no staff. Instead, our volunteers work with staff from several partner organizations that contribute their time, skills and technical assistance. Together, we work to achieve the vision and goals of Summit County Safe Passages.
What Drives Us
Our vision is to create collaborative solutions for safe wildlife passage across Summit County roadways through active participation from community stakeholders. The intended results will be increased public awareness, improved connectivity for wildlife, reduced wildlife-vehicle collisions, and safer driving conditions.
What We Do
Identify key wildlife affected by roadways in Summit County
Identify habitat conservation and management projects that help wildlife movement
Recommend and prioritize projects to create safe passages for wildlife and safer roads for motorists
Encourage community stakeholders to integrate wildlife movement needs into transportation projects, land use and land management
Collaborate with engineers to design cost-effective crossing structures
Bring together stakeholders from state and federal agencies, the county, towns, ski areas, recreation interests, and private landowners to achieve safe passages
Build financial support for safe passageways
Educating and collaborating with the community
Outreach to local organizations, schools, residents and visitors of Summit Summit County
Read the Plan
The Summit County Safe Passages Plan provides specific recommendations for protecting wildlife movement corridors and reducing wildlife vehicle collisions in Summit County. The plan identifies areas with the greatest need for wildlife to move across highways.
Our Partners & Supporters
A special thanks to Ruth Carroll and John Fielder for providing much of the photography for this website.