Wildlife Corridor Action Plan; created. (HB1695)

Introduced By

Del. David Bulova (D-Fairfax) with support from co-patron Del. Mark Keam (D-Vienna)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Wildlife Corridor Action Plan; road construction projects. Directs the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, in collaboration with the Department of Transportation and the Department of Conservation and Recreation, to create a Wildlife Corridor Action Plan (the Plan). The Plan shall identify wildlife corridors, defined as areas connecting fragmented wildlife habitats that are separated by human activities or infrastructure, and recommend wildlife crossing projects intended to promote driver safety and wildlife connectivity. The bill requires the Plan to be submitted to the Chairs of the House Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources and the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources by September 1, 2022, and every four years thereafter. The bill also provides that the Department of Transportation shall (i) include the impact on any wildlife corridor identified in the Plan in any environmental impact report for a highway construction project and (ii) consider measures for the mitigation of harm caused to wildlife by a highway in the design options for the construction of such highway. Read the Bill »


02/21/2020: Passed the Senate


01/17/2020Presented and ordered printed 20105224D
01/17/2020Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
01/22/2020Assigned ACNR sub: Natural Resources
01/29/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting (8-Y 0-N)
01/29/2020Reported from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/31/2020Read first time
02/03/2020Read second time and engrossed
02/04/2020Read third time and passed House (89-Y 10-N)
02/04/2020VOTE: Passage (89-Y 10-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB1695)
02/05/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
02/05/2020Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
02/18/2020Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources (9-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2020Read third time
02/21/2020Passed Senate (22-Y 13-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2020Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1695ER)
02/26/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB1695ER)

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