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 and Conservation Northwest, 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, Vimeo and by request on a hard drive for screenings. Many public screenings have been held around the world since the film was released in 2018. If you are interested in hosting a screening, please let us know by contacting communications (at) conservationnw.org or tgrudowski (at) hotmail.com.
This film was produced by Ted Grudowski with the support of Kris Browne and Sandy Asher, and is the winner of two 2018 Telly Awards. Staff from Conservation Northwest and coordinators of the I-90 Wildlife Bridges Coalition served as Executive Producers.
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).
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.