Save People Save Wildlife (SPSW) a registered 501(c)(3) was founded in 2015, by a group of local residents who were alarmed by the number of wildlife and vehicular collisions taking place at the gateway to Park City, along Highway 80.
At that time, the fencing from Summit Park through the Jeremy Ranch Exit, was in disrepair or in some cases, non-existent. There were no cattle guards at Summit Park on or off-ramps.
Because this corridor is – and always has been a natural migratory path for Park City wildlife, it meant that Moose, Deer, Elk and other animals had only one option to use as their migratory path – and that was crossing directly across the freeway in the path of vehicles traveling at rates of well over 70mph.
After countless collisions were reported, between these large mammals and cars traveling at a momentous speed and velocity – we knew it was only a matter of time before it would result in human loss of life.
SPSW members were determined to advocate for safety measures along this dangerous corridor. We began meeting with the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) and Summit County, and soon learned that there was limited funding available that would keep our beloved citizens and wildlife safe. This is when we began to advocate and fund-raise for “gap funds”, to help fill the gaps, often physical locations, where Federal and State projects failed to adequately address.
Save People Save Wildlife has engaged in extensive advocacy efforts, including an ongoing key partnership with UDOT, including:
- Raised $42,000.00 from generous donors and community members for one mile of initial fencing along the Jeremy Ranch Exit, which then stimulated acceleration of the following:
- Wildlife overpass bridge at Summit Park; 1st in Utah (scheduled to be completed by the end of November 2018)
Installation of cattle guards at Summit Park exits (scheduled to be completed by the end of October 2018)
- Contiguous fencing from the Summit to the Jeremy Ranch entrances/exits (ongoing pending completion of sound wall)
- Educated thousands of community residents through media, community outreach and educational materials, on the importance of safe coexistence with wildlife