Mountaineers Foundation: Natural Places, Sustainable Practices

Natural Places, Sustainable Practices

Celebrating Cascade Crossroads Film

A new film, Cascade Crossroads, released by I-90 Wildlife Bridges Coalition, chronicles the decade-long corroborative effort between Washington State Department of Transportation, the Washington legislature, and environmental groups to bring this exciting highway project to fruition. We have been enthusiastic supporters of the project! Our president and community grants chair were invited to the film’s screening.

I-90 Cascade Crossroads Film Celebration

Mindy Roberts, Mountaineers Foundation President; Nancy Neyenhouse, Mountaineers Foundation Community Grants Chair; Charlie Raines, Director I-90 Wildlife Bridges Coalition

I-90 Cascade Crossroads Film Celebration

I-90 Cascade Crossroads Film Celebration

Conservation Northwest and I-90 Bridges Coalition have made the project happen. And the Mountaineers Foundation is proud to have been a fiscal supporter of both organizations.

The 30-minute film is well worth the watch and is available for viewing on Facebook and YouTube.

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You’ve been there, right? Heading east on Snoqualmie Pass, traffic slows to a halt – highway construction and rock blasting! It can make traveling I-90 very frustrating, but it’s all for a good reason. The 15-mile I-90 road construction project is a win-win for both people and animals.

The area under construction is a major transportation corridor for the Northwest, but also a crucial wildlife migration corridor. Animals on either side of I-90 have been unable to migrate north or south without significant danger to both them and the people and cars traveling the highway.

The first 7 of the total 15 miles is now under construction and should be completed by 2019. This phase includes 2 wildlife underpasses at Gold Creek, and 1 at Rocky Run, which benefits not only the 4-legged creatures but the resident bull trout as well. Fish and wildlife, which you can view at I-90 Wildlife Watch, are already using the underpasses. The first wildlife overpass of the project, near Price and Noble Creeks, is completed to the point that vehicles can travel under it.

Charlie Raines, Director of the I-90 Bridges Coalition, feels “The story behind the project is as important as the benefits this project will have for fish, wildlife, and people” in the State of Washington.