US 101 Gaviota Pass Wildlife Connectivity Study

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Study Description

The study will analyze the spatial and temporal patterns of wildlife movements and roadkill occurrences along U.S. 101 through the study area using systematic camera monitoring and roadkill surveys, along with assessments of existing infrastructure and surrounding land use.

The study's approach will be consistent with other wildlife habitat connectivity studies and will help to determine how animals are using the landscape.

The stakeholder outreach group will be community based and will focus on implementing the technical study recommendations. This stakeholder group will include a diverse representation from nearby property owners, the Gaviota Coast Conservancy, Coastal Ranches Conservancy, California State Parks, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, California Coastal Commission, Santa Barbara County, Santa Barbara County Association of Governments, and both the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians and the Coastal Band of the Chumash Nation.


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Study Benefits


The purpose of the project is to provide a robust wildlife habitat connectivity assessment within the Gaviota Pass corridor. The project would also generate recommendations for approaches and/or opportunities to enhance safe wildlife passage in the corridor and reduce the risk of wildlife-vehicle collisions.


The project is needed to identify potential problem areas and locations where wildlife are successfully crossing under the highway.


Estimated Funding Breakdown

Funding Source Funding Amount
Local Not Applicable
State $327,095
Federal Not Applicable
Construction Cost $327,095



  • Gaviota Coast Conservancy
  • Coastal Ranches Conservancy
  • California State Parks
  • California Department of Fish and Wildlife
  • California Coastal Commission
  • Santa Barbara County
  • Santa Barbara County Association of Governments
  • Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians
  • Coastal Band of the Chumash Nation
  • Vista Del Mar Union School District
  • Los Padres Forest Watch
  • California Highway Patrol


Proposed Study Schedule

Process Date

Kickoff Meeting

December 2, 2021
2nd Meeting Technical Study Design Discussion with ICF Spring 2022
Complete Technical Study Update Fall 2022
Complete Technical Study Results and Discussion of Implementation with ICF Spring/Summer 2023
 Implementation Strategy Meetings Kickoff Meeting Starting Fall 2023 


Study Contact

Mitch Dallas, Senior Environmental Planner
Phone:  (805) 748-7004

District 5 Public Information Office
Phone: (805) 549-3237



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