Cascade Crossroads is a 30-minute documentary film chronicling the story unfolding over and under Interstate 90 just east of Snoqualmie Pass in Washington’s Cascade Mountains. Here at the intersection of an east-west transportation corridor and a north-south wildlife migration corridor, a monumental project combining conservation, collaboration, and innovation led to the construction of North America’s largest wildlife crossings project in conjunction with major infrastructure improvements for motorists.
The I-90 Snoqualmie Pass East Project, and the wildlife crossings and roadway improvements within it, is a win-win for people and animals that offers a new model for major infrastructure projects bisecting wild places. Commissioned by the I-90 Wildlife Bridges Coalition, the Cascade Crossroads film aims to not only share this unique story but also inspire action in other landscapes facing similar tensions between wildlife and roadways.
The film is available on Facebook, YouTube, and on a hard drive for screenings. Public screenings are being scheduled, and will be tracked here. If you are interested in hosting a screening, please let us know. Upcoming screenings:
- January 26, 2018 – 4pm: Ellensburg, Washington. Central Washington University hosts a screening as part of their Natural Science Seminar Series. Screening is 4-5pm in room SCIE 147 (lecture room in Science Bldg). Screening followed by Q&A with wildlife biologists involved in research in the I-90 corridor. Open to the public, no RSVP required.
- February 20, 2018 – 6pm: Seattle, WA. Seward Park Audubon and Conservation Northwest co-host a screening at the Royal Room in Seattle’s Columbia City neighborhood. Screening followed by panel discussion including the film maker, Washington Department of Transportation, and I-90 Wildlife Bridges Coalition staff. Free, but advanced reservation tickets required through Brown Paper Tickets – available on a first come first serve basis.
- February 27, 2018 – 7pm: Leavenworth, WA. Conservation Northwest will host a screening at Icicle Brewing Company with introductory remarks and Q&A to follow with coalition members and wildlife biologists.
The film features breathtaking landscape footage of Washington’s Central Cascades and interviews with public and private partners including: Mark Anderson (Anderson Hay), Dan Brewster (Summit at Snoqualmie), Representative Judy Clibborn (D, 41st District), Gene Duvernoy (Forterra), Mitch Friedman (Conservation Northwest), Patty Garvey-Darda (Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest), Randy Giles (WA Department of Transportation), Jon Hoekstra (Mountains to Sound Greenway), Paul James (Central Washington University), Senator Curtis King (R, 14th District), Mike Livingston (WA Department of Fish and Wildlife), Doug MacDonald (former Washington Secretary of Transportation), Charlie Raines (Sierra Club & I-90 Wildlife Bridges Coalition), Janet Ray (AAA of Washington), Peter Singleton (PNW Research Station – US Forest Service), Jen Watkins (Conservation Northwest & I-90 Wildlife Bridges Coalition), and Brian White (WA Department of Transportation).
This film was produced by Ted Grudowski with the support of Kris Browne and Sandy Asher.
Special thanks to our sponsors who made this film possible!
Leaving a Legacy Sponsors:
Patagonia, Sierra Club, and Wilburforce Foundation
Creating Connections Sponsors:
AAA of Washington, Tom & Sonya Campion, Conservation Northwest, Maryanne Tagney & David Jones, McDanel Land Foundation, Mountaineers Foundation, and Summit at Snoqualmie.
Breaking Ground Sponsors:
Dave Atcheson, Atkinson Construction, Paul Balle, Jodi Broughton, Cascadia Partner Forum, Center for Large Landscape Conservation, Forterra, Jed Marshall, Kittitas Audubon, Lighthawk, Mitch Friedman, Mountains to Sound Greenway, National Wildlife Federation, Seward Park Audubon Center, Sue & Bob Mecklenburg, and Washington Foundation for the Environment.
Thanks to the organizations and individuals who contributed time and resources to this project. Many organizations and individuals have made the story that is unfolding in the I-90 corridor of Washington State possible, and each deserve tremendous credit for their contributions.