Applaud Wildlife Crossing Under Dangerous Highway

Highway 37, California

Target: Denny Van Ness, Chair of the Sonoma Land Trust

Goal: Praise the efforts to restore an old underpass so wildlife can safely cross underneath a busy highway.

Wildlife have died trying to cross a busy highway to reach rich marshland on the other side of the four-lane road. Efforts have been made to protect the area’s wildlife by restoring an old underpass that was once used for cattle. The underpass will create a safe passage for wildlife, protecting both wild animals and drivers. Thank the remarkable efforts that took place to ensure the safety of our wild creatures.

Highway 37, a popular roadway that runs along San Pablo Bay in California, has a high speed limit and heavy traffic flow. Nearly 37,000 vehicles travel on the road daily, creating such a dangerous hazard for deer, jackrabbits, coyotes, bobcats, and mountain lions. The animals have been drawn to the other side of the highway because of the newly restored marsh habitat.

To create a safe passage for San Pablo Bay wildlife, the Sonoma Land Trust has implemented a project to restore a creek that flows through the old cattle underpass. The underpass hasn’t attracted wildlife because of the lack of shrubs and tree cover. The cattle underpass, created in the 1920’s, has been flooded and filled with debris over the years, damaging the foundation and structure of the passage. The project has created a new concrete floor as well as made repairs to the highway above. To create a more desirable habitat to lure wildlife underneath the passage, 500 native plants and trees have been planted along the corridor, such as willows, oaks, and coyote brush.

By signing this petition, you are thanking the Chair of the Sonoma Land Trust for implementing and supporting this progressive wildlife corridor project. Wildlife is important and we must work together to create a safe world for humans and wild animals.


Dear Chair Van Ness,

I want to thank you for your efforts to create a safe passage for wildlife underneath busy Highway 37. Approximately 37,000 vehicles travel on this popular roadway daily. By restoring the old cattle underpass, California’s wild animals no longer risk their lives to cross the roadway and California drivers are much safer without these creatures crossing this busy road.

By repairing the underpass and planting native vegetation, wildlife such as deer, jackrabbits, coyotes, bobcats, and mountain lions will be more attracted to this safe crossing. These creatures will able to enjoy the newly restored marshlands that await on the other side of the four-lane roadway. I appreciate this project and I hope it inspires similar infrastructure in other areas of our nation. Please continue to fight for California’s wild.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Beatrice Murch

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  1. We should have a law to ensure that each and every new highway road built or expanded has a safe passage for wildlife. It is the least we can do since we have interrupted and divided all of their habitat and travel corridors.Thank you Sonoma Land Trust for caring! Hopefully others will follow suit

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