2005 Meeting | Deer-Vehicle Crash Reductions: Setting a Strategic Agenda

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Meeting Description

The Deer-Vehicle Crash Information Clearinghouse sponsored a national meeting in Madison, WI at the Madison Concourse Hotel on October 24-25, 2005. This meeting brought together leading researchers, transportation and ecology professionals, AAA officials and insurance company representatives to develop a strategic agenda that will guide future activities and policies related to deer-vehicle crash reduction.

In 2000 a similar meeting was held that helped produce a dramatic increase in deer-vehicle crash reduction activities. The approximately 65 to 70 attendees from more than 25 states and 3 countries at the 2005 meeting

  • Reviewed the progress from action items proposed in 2000
  • Listened to internationally-known speakers involved with recent/ongoing projects
  • Worked within focal groups to propose strategic action plans to guide future deer-vehicle crash activities related to
    • Research and Data Collection
    • Funding
    • Partnership Building
    • Technology Transfer and Education.

The research agenda that resulted from this meeting will be posted in the coming months.

Agenda and Speaker Presentations

Day 1 | October 24, 2005

TimeEvent Details
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast / Registration

8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Welcome, Meeting Overview, and Meeting Purpose

  • Dr. Keith Knapp, Director, UW-Madison Deer-Vehicle Crash Information Clearinghouse
  • Major Dan Lonsdorf, Director, Bureau of Transportation Safety, Wisconsin DOT
  • Tom Hauge, Director, Bureau of Wildlife Management, Wisconsin DNR
  • William Bremer, Safety and Traffic Operations Engineer, Federal Highway Administration – Wisconsin Division
  • Sponsor Introductions
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Keynote Speakers


Mary Gray, Federal Highway Administration, Office of Planning, Environment and Realty, Water and Ecosystems Team


Patrick Hasson, Federal Highway Administration, Safety and Highway Design Technical Service Team Leader, FHWA Resource Center
Highway Safety and Wildlife: A National Perspective (PPT)

10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.


10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

2000 DVC Working Group Recommendations and Progress
Brent Haglund and Kevin McAleese, Sand County Foundation

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Work in Progress


UW Deer-Vehicle Crash Information Clearinghouse Projects/Initiatives (PPT)
Keith Knapp, UW-Madison, Director, Deer-Vehicle Crash Information Clearinghouse


NCHRP 25-27 Project Update – Wildlife Crossings in North America
Patricia Cramer, Research Associate USGS Utah Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, Utah State University

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Speaker: Current Status and Measures of Wildlife-Vehicle Collisions in Hokkaido Fumihiro Hara, Hokkaido Development Engineering Center, Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan

1:00 p.m. – 3:05 p.m.

Work in Progress (continued)


Thinking Outside the Marketplace: A Biologically Based Approach to Reducing Deer-Vehicle Collisions
Gino D’Angelo, Graduate Researcher, University of Georgia-Athens


Current Road Ecology Research at the Western Transportation Institute-Montana State University (PPT)
Marcel Huijser, Research Ecologist, Montana State University


Characteristics of Vehicle-Animal Crashes in Which Vehicle Occupants are Killed (PPT)
JoAnn Wells, Senior Research Analyst, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety


Nonfatal Motor Vehicle: Animal Crash-Related Injuries, US, 2001-2002
Ann Dellinger, Epidemiologist and Team Leader, Motor Vehicle Injury Prevention Team, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Environmental and Human Dimensions of Deer-Vehicle Collisions in Michigan (PPT)
Shawn Riley, Assistant Professor, Michigan State University

3:05 p.m. – 3:20 p.m.


3:20 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Work in Progress (continued)


Transportation Equity Act Reauthorization Update
Solutions on the Horizon: Integrated Planning in the 21st Century (PPT)
Patricia White, Director of Habitats and Highway Campaign, Defenders of Wildlife)

3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

Critical Issues – DVC Reduction Research and Data Collection (PPT)
Keith Knapp, University of Wisconsin, Madison


Funding Roads & Wildlife Projects (PPT)
Trisha White, Defenders of Wildlife


Partnership Building (PPT)
Richard Miller, Michigan Deer Crash Coalition


Technology Transfer and Education (PPT)
Katie McDermott, Technology Transfer Director, North Carolina State University Center for Transportation and the Environment

4:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Tomorrow's Plan and Adjourn

5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.


7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Clearinghouse Technical Advisory Committee Meeting


Day 2 | October 25, 2005

TimeEvent Details
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast and Clearinghouse Board Meeting

8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.

Agenda Setting Groups

  • Group Organization
  • Assignment of Facilitators
  • Sample Questions
  • Agenda Setting Expectations
8:45 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Find Rooms and Organize

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Agenda Setting Group Discussions

  • Research and Data Collection
  • Funding
  • Partnership Building
  • Technology Transfer and Education
10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.


10:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Continue Focal Group Discussions

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Lunch (Speaker: Managing a Wildlife Accident Reporting System, Leonard Sielecki, British Columbia Ministry of Transportation, Victoria, BC, Canada)

1:00 p.m. – 2:20 p.m.

Agenda Setting Group Reports

2:20 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Meeting Summary

2:45 p.m.


3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m

Informal Deer-Vehicle Crash Information and Research Center Pooled Fund (Current and Potential Future Participating Agency Representatives Invited)