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Turtle tunnel installed under road


POSTED: Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - 5:00pm

UPDATED: Monday, June 16, 2014 - 9:26am

Minnesota's first tunnel designed specifically for migrating turtles is being installed on a rural road near Big Marine Lake in Washington County.

The special culvert system, imported from Germany, may become a prototype used by highway planners and natural resource managers throughout the state if the experiment saves lives of the roaming reptiles.

"The tunnel presents an option for that turtle to cross the road safely, but we're also hoping it solves a traffic hazard as well," says Peter Mott, Washington County Parks Department planning director. "We always see people stopping along this busy road, especially this time of year, jumping out of their cars and trying to assist these turtles across the road."

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I have to admit I've helped more than a few turtles across busy roadways.
Turtles are an integral part of our ecosystem.
While walking along the Rose Rudman trails I once paused to look at some turtles sunning themselves.
Suddenly they slipped quietly from their rocks with only their heads above water.
A moment later I saw a copperhead swimming up the creek.
The copperhead came to a rest on a ledge & blended right in.
The turtles slowly moved out of range and soon disappeared.
Respect Nature.

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