If you stop for a second to consider the role of fences in your community, you’ll notice that fences surround countless homes, businesses, and commercial enterprises. These fences may serve aesthetic, practical, or security purposes, or a combination thereof, which is why fences are available in such a variety of shapes, sizes, and materials. However, it’s also common for fences to protect humans and wildlife alike from unpredictable dangers.
Fences to Protect Drivers
Depending on where you live, you might on a daily basis drive down roads that have been paved through rocky mountainsides. For motorists along Redbud Trail in Texas, in particular, the roads are often the destination of dangerous falling debris. The high winds in the area, combined with heavy rains that loosen rocks along the cliffs, made the simple act of driving between Lake Austin Boulevard and Redbud Isle a risky choice.
Now the roadways are gaining an extra layer of protection from a 6-foot tall fence made of galvanized steel and two layers of chain-link fence. It sits right off of the pavement’s shoulder and will hopefully prevent rocks and other sharp debris from littering the surfaces of the road. Given that as many as 17,000 cars drive down that road in just a day’s time, the extra safety measures are well worth it!
Fences to Protect Wildlife
On the other side of the country in Vigo County, Indiana, a fence was recently constructed to prevent turtles from wandering onto the roadways and colliding with car tires. Amber Slaughterbeck, a wildlife protection advocate, stated, “I think it will definitely stop a lot of the casualties that we’ve seen and documented. And I also believe that the animals that cannot climb the fence like river otters and beavers, and muskrats, and even some ducks that we’ve witnessed will stop at the fence that turn back.”
This specific fencing project represents the larger issue of saving and protecting the wetlands and all of their biodiversity. 8,000 feet of fencing from Terre Haute to West Terre Haute is a very good start to helping save wildlife.