Road ecology blog: Canopy crossings for arboreal mammals, Mexico

January 11, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Road ecology blog: Canopy crossings for arboreal mammals, Nuevo Xcan-Playa Del Carmen highway, Quintana Roo, Mexico. There are dozens of canopy crossings along this highway.

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Image below: Note that there are multiple ropes that connect the canopy crossing to branches of the surrounding trees. Canopy bridges should always connect to the canopy of the surrounding trees.

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Image below: the steel cables that support the ropes can be tightened. Notice the "wheels" for tightening the cables at the bottom of the poles).

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Image below: The canopy crossings should be high enough so that tall vehicles can still cross under the ropes. Canopy crossing for arboreal mammals, Nuevo Xcan-Playa Del CarmeCanopy crossing for arboreal mammals, Nuevo Xcan-Playa Del CarmeCanopy crossing for arboreal mammals, Nuevo Xcan-Playa Del Carmen highway, Quintana Roon, Mexico

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