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    NOVA recently had an excellent show on wildlife corridors. It talked about the Yellowstone to Yukon (Y2Y) corridor initiative. It's really worth watching.

    Four-lane highways may be a necessity to our modern society, but they can be a death traps for millions of animals that try to cross them. Around the world, wildlife need to roam for breeding, foraging, and to carry out their traditional migrations–but they are often blocked by ranches, farms, roads, and other human-made obstacles. While national parks and preserves offer some protection to wildlife, even the magnificent Serengeti and Yellowstone parks are too small to sustain healthy populations over generations. But now comes new hope for wildlife through an approach called “connectivity conservation.” Some of the world’s most beloved species–lions, bears, antelope and elephants–can be preserved by linking the world’s wildlife refuges with tunnels, overpasses, and protected land corridors. From North America’s Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation initiative to Southern Africa’s elephant highways stretching across five nations, see how animals are on the move again.


    It talked about the growing number of overpasses and underpasses that are being built to return mobility to a wide range of animals.

    Y2Y co-published a study, called Highway 3: Transportation Mitigation for Wildlife and Connectivity, which analyzed each of these factors. Thirty-one strategic sites (nine in Alberta and 22 in B.C.) were identified as possible sites for mitigation along Highway 3. Each area was prioritized and various measures were considered, including fencing, overpasses, underpasses and pullouts that would be both economically viable and effective at reducing wildlife-motor-vehicle collisions. Y2Y is now working with the Alberta and B.C. governments to implement these measures at top priority sites.
    In Alberta, Y2Y and its partners, including Volker Stevin, the highway maintenance contractor for southern Alberta, are helping the Alberta government cost out mitigation structures for two priority sites—at Rock Creek and Crowsnest Lakes (see map above).

    - See more at:
    Conservation Initiative…
    Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative tackles predation
    April, 2016

    Do you support the Howse Pass Highway?
    Last edited by KC; 22-04-2016 at 11:52 PM.

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    Alberta is looking at twinning Highway 3 and the remainder of Yellowhead in provincial control in the future, wildlife crossings are a good idea and should be part of the project

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    Cross ref:

    Alberta creates world's largest protected boreal forest

    ATVs - do we need a tax, high license fee, training...?
    Last edited by KC; 17-05-2018 at 06:44 AM.

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    Conservationists cheer rejection of Three Sisters expansion in Canmore

    'It’s a pretty good day in the Bow Valley,' says Stephan Legault of the Yellowstone to Yukon Initiative

    CBC News, May 03, 2017

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    Yellowstone to Yukon and beyond
    Recent news:

    Meadowlark keynote speaker has some big ideas
    STEVE KIDDMay. 14, 2018 6:30 a.m.NEWSVIDEO

    “Harvey Locke is an environmentalist with some big goals.

    Locke, a leader in the field of parks, wilderness and large landscape conservation, is leading a movement to link together parks and protected areas over a huge part of North America.

    “Yellowstone to Yukon is the first large-scale conservation initiative that I worked on extensively,” said Locke. “When we started in in 1993, it was in response to scientific findings, that as great as national parks like Banff or Yellowstone are for saving wildlife, that if they become islands of habitat in a highly fragmented landscape by other human developments, they will lose their species through time.

    “But if you can connect them up to each other through networks, they will retain species through time.”

    Conservationists, ATV users spar over fate of Bighorn backcountry
    By EMMA MCINTOSHStarMetro Calgary
    Wed., May 16, 2018

    CALGARY—Nestled along the eastern borders of Banff and Jasper national parks lies a parcel of hotly disputed wilderness known as the Bighorn backcountry.

    Conservationists want to turn the 5,000-square-kilometre parcel of land into a provincial park, saying it’s crucial to protect the mostly untouched area. ATV enthusiasts object, saying the possibility of extra restrictions is unnecessary. And the province, meanwhile, is taking heat from both camps as it decides what to do next.


    Several groups, like the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Y2Y) and the Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA), have long pushed for the government to add the land to the provincial park system. In particular, the AWA wants Bighorn to become a wildland provincial park — a designation that could keep it undeveloped and restrict off-road vehicle access in critical areas for certain species.

    This week conservation scientists released a study, published in the journal Facets, outlining a framework for governments in Canada to pick and prioritize areas like Bighorn to protect. It also notes that, as a signatory of the 1992 international Convention on Biological Diversity, Canada is bound to protect 17 per cent of its land and freshwater by 2020 — it’s currently hitting just above the 10 per cent mark.

    “We don’t just want to protect species where they’re at risk ... We also want to protect areas where we can be proactive,” said Laura Coristine, a co-author of the paper and 2016 Liber Ero research fellow at Y2Y. “It’s about taking a forward look as well as trying to repair some of the mistakes of the past.”

    The previous Progressive Conservative government also recommended looking at the idea of a provincial wildland park in Bighorn.
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    Good to see

    Wildlife corridor in Crowsnest Pass named after former Tory premier | Edmonton Journal

    The Jim Prentice Wildlife Corridor, which is in the Crowsnest Pass, is roughly five kilometres wide from east to west. It will connect Crown forest reserve land in the north to the Castle parks, as well as to Waterton Lakes National Park in the south and the adjoining Glacier National Park on the U.S. side.


    Officials with the Nature Conservancy of Canada said the project has international significance, because it will allow wildlife to travel through the Rocky Mountains in Canada and the United States. ...”

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    We have highways for humans, so a highway for the animals is the right move.
    " The strength of a man is in the stride he walks."

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    Opinion: Goal of protecting the Bighorn has a long history

    “Yet, recognition of the need to protect the Bighorn has a long history of its own. As far back as the late 1800s, the early boundaries of Jasper National Park and Rocky Mountains Park (now Banff National Park) included a large portion of the Bighorn. Only when the configuration of the parks was finalized decades later was the Bighorn piece left out, and only under the understanding that the province, rather than the feds, would protect it.

    The Bighorn became part of the Rocky Mountain Forest Reserve in the early 1900s. The designation was part of a larger effort to protect and manage older forests while safeguarding watersheds that supply the often-parched Prairies from here to Manitoba.

    In the 1970s, Peter Lougheed’s government declared “a minimum of 70 per cent of the Eastern Slopes Region will be maintained in present natural or wilderness areas.” An Eastern Slopes policy was created and most of the Bighorn was zoned as out-of-bounds to off-road vehicles and industry.

    That changed in the 1980s. Revisions to the policy opened the door to oil and gas development, and off-road vehicle recreation increased in the area despite restrictions. A few years later, new efforts to manage this access through the creation of the Bighorn Wildland Recreation Area in 1986 were unsuccessful, lacking legal teeth. The genie was out of the bottle, and guidelines were routinely ignored.

    This all led to...”
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    Quote Originally Posted by kkozoriz View Post
    Drill baby, drill!
    Somewhere there’s probably a great quote for this but when booms bust, there’s still bills to pay. Similarly when a couple builds a grand new home and lifestyle during good times and then one loses their job, the formerly unthinkable, comes under consideration.

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    Pave paradise, put up a parking lot.


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