Domestic and International Similar Examples
Bridges and passageways created for animals similar to animal pathways from both domestic and international locations.
Projects Involving Research Society Members
Yamane Bridge is a bridge for wildlife that was constructed with full cooperation from the Japanese Dormouse Conservation Research Group. Although its scale was significant, it did not gain widespread adoption, but much of its expertise has been inherited by animal pathways.
It is located along the way when crossing the Kiyosato Ohashi Bridge on Prefectural Route 28, heading towards Kiyosato Station.
When forests are fragmented, it reduces opportunities for animals to obtain food and breeding, leading to a decline and extinction of endangered species in the area. Additionally, even within the same species, the diversity of genes is lost, resulting in genetic degradation. Animal pathways are necessary for arboreal animals to safely cross roads and railways and utilize fragmented forests as a whole.
Forest Fragmentation due to Construction
In 1998, a tunnel was constructed on a prefectural road in Kiyosato, Takane-cho, Hokuto City, Yamanashi Prefecture, resulting in the felling and fragmentation of a part of the surrounding forest. This forest is home to various wildlife, including the Japanese dormouse, which is designated as a quasi-endangered species on the Ministry of the Environment’s Red List.
Completed Yamane Bridge
As part of the conservation measures, the Japanese Dormouse Conservation Research Group proposed the construction of the “Yamane Bridge” to Yamanashi Prefecture, and it was realized with the purpose of serving as road signage as well. The bridge is made of sturdy steel construction, and its interior is spacious enough for a person to walk through while stooped.