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Wildlife Friendly Erosion Control

A snake entangled in plastic netting used for erosion control.

Proper type and placement of erosion control is important to reduce soil erosion and protect wildlife. Plastic netting without independent movement of individual strands can entrap snakes, birds, small mammals and other wildlife, causing their death due to exposure to the elements or dehydration or starvation. A better alternative is to use manufactured products composed of natural or synthetic fibers bound together to form a continuous mat, usually held together with netting.

The most immediate mitigation for wildlife mortality is to fully eliminate the use of fixed or welded-joint plastic netting. Designs incorporating woven openings between netting twine (loose weave, leno weave, gauze weave) allow openings to be stretched as an animal passes through, thus reducing the potential for entrapment and mortality.


Illinois Department of Natural Resources Link
The National Great Rivers Research & Education Center Link 2wav Link