July 14, 2005


If the frogs can't safely cross road, B.C. will build them tunnels (National Post, July 14th, 2005)

The B.C. government said it is prepared to build frog-sized tunnels with tiny fences beneath the Sea to Sky Highway, if that's what it takes to protect a colony of red-legged frogs from becoming roadkill. The frogs, an at-risk species, have been found in wetlands on West Vancouver's Eagleridge Bluffs plateau, and environmentalists asked the government this week to make sure they are protected when the highway is built through their habitat. Peter Milburn, executive project director for the pre-Olympics upgrade of the highway, said one option is to capture and relocate the frogs and their tadpoles. He said the route avoids the frogs' primary habitat, but he wasn't sure whether their territory extends across the highway., If so, culverts and fencing will be used to let them cross safely.
Posted by Peter Burnet at July 14, 2005 4:33 PM

We've done this in the U.S. as well, but with the aim of preventing the roadway from getting slick from squished frogs, and causing accidents.

Posted by: Michael Herdegen at July 14, 2005 4:38 PM

Part of the billions-of-dollar Gas Tax increase here in Washington State is slated to pay for animal-only overpasses over I-90. Or would be if the tax weren't going to be voted down in November.

Posted by: Timothy at July 14, 2005 5:15 PM

There have also been requests for bridges across the lake just beyond the highway, as frogs have been relying on passing logs to cross it. Conservatives have pointed out that the environmentalists are somewhat hypocritical, since they have raised no concerns of alligators hunting the frogs near their lily pads.

Posted by: Just John at July 14, 2005 5:22 PM

At first glance I thought the article was going to be about French use of the Chunnel.

Posted by: Shelton at July 14, 2005 5:28 PM

Will they station someone at the culverts to count the number of frogs that use them, vs. the ones that go on to play a real life game of Frogger?

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at July 14, 2005 5:29 PM

Frog preservation on Bastille Day, eh?

Posted by: ghostcat at July 14, 2005 6:10 PM

I expect this tunnel to be wheelchair accessable for the frogs who have had their legs amputated.

Posted by: carter at July 14, 2005 7:03 PM

They had better ensure that the tunnels are equally distributed per km.

Posted by: Dave W. at July 14, 2005 10:15 PM

Ribbitt, eh?

Posted by: David Cohen at July 14, 2005 10:53 PM

Better an enviromnental accomdation of an endangered species than a wholesale prohibition of any devolpement which is what the current Endangered Species Act compels.

Posted by: Ray Clutts at July 15, 2005 12:03 AM

Terrible. I first had thought that the article was about the French, was prepared to comment thereon, one found that two individuals had beaten me to it. The French have managed to do to the word, "frog," what the homosexuals have done to the word, "gay."

Posted by: Lou Gots at July 15, 2005 12:53 AM

Hey, a friend of mine, Barry Penner, is the new Minister of the Environment. He's a very balanced guy. Things are not nearly so wacky as they were under the socialists.

One problem we've got nearby is the ever-widening Fraser River. It lopped off 30 feet of its banks this spring. Trees floating down the river all over the place. But it's tough to make decisions about dredging and the like that can hurt the salmon run or have other environmental impact.

Of course, eventually, when the river is ten feet from my door, I'll kidnap Barry and force him to do something!

Posted by: Randall Voth at July 15, 2005 1:45 AM

Nice Great Escape reference.

Posted by: pchuck at July 15, 2005 5:13 PM