Construction of a new highway in western Norway was threatening a local population of toads. State highway officials ended up hiring two environmental workers to help the toads avoid death during the construction process, and now “toad tunnels” are being built as well.
The new Kvivsvegen portion of the E-39 highway near Volda, in the mountainous district of Sunnmøre, cuts right though the route used by prized Norwegian toads, known as padder, to get to their spawning grounds.
Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) brought the story this week of how Oddvar Olsen and Gunnar Wangen, of the environmental organization Naturvernforbundet in Volda, are being paid by the state highway department (Statens Vegvesen) to rescue toads that wander into the construction site near the Austefjord.
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