|Excerpt from||Oral History Interview with Stan Hyatt, November 30, 2000. Interview K-0249. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007)|
Hyatt discusses the potential impact of a large road on local animal populations. Although the DOT is building bear crossings and the corridor will have better visibility than US 23, Hyatt thinks that the corridor will affect black bear and other populations. He believes that new plantings will encourage vegetation growth, which will draw deer and perhaps other animals. Hyatt adds, "Of course, if you draw them to the food that's near the road there is more danger of them being hit there." It sounds like the DOT recognizes the new road will damage plant and animal populations, and is trying to minimize the damage.
Oral History Interview with Stan Hyatt, November 30, 2000. Interview K-0249. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) in the Southern Oral History Program Collection, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.