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Terrestrial road passage structure impacts

Adding wildlife crossings to roads allow animals to cross these human constructed barriers safely. They may include underpasses, overpasses, or tunnels. This layer scores potential sites for such structures by the relative improvement in connectedness (component of ecological integrity; defined in connectivity documentation). Road passage structure impacts scores take into account the index of ecological integrity (IEI) scores for the surrounding cells, so that road passage structures that improve connectedness in areas with high ecological integrity score higher than those in areas with low ecological integrity. As with other model-based assessments, field survey of potential road crossing sites should precede any implementation.

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