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Statement of support for scientific assessment of Bow Valley wildlife corridor

Wildlife ecologists Adam Ford and Mark Hebblewhite have released a statement on development plans in Alberta's Bow Valley.

Wildlife ecologists Adam Ford and Mark Hebblewhite have released a statement on development plans in Alberta's Bow Valley. 

In an open letter to various stakeholders in the process including Alberta Environment Minister Shannon Phillips and Alberta Environment and Parks, the scientists outline the need for a cumulative effects assessment ahead of any approval of proposed developments. They ask for a science-based approach to decision making. 

This submission is in partial response to the Government of Alberta's request for public input regarding the Three Sisters Mountain Village Properties - Smith Creek. Comments are being accepted by the government until Apr. 20, 2017.

Adam Ford is Canada Research Chair in Wildlife Restoration Ecology and Assistant Professor Department of Biology at The University of British Columbia Okanagan Campus. Mark Hebblewhite is Associate Professor of Ungulate Ecology in the Wildlife Biology Program at University of Montana.

Together, the wildlife ecologists have a combined experience of 30+ years of research in the Bow Valley, including close to 7000 citations of their peer-reviewed work.

"We are familiar with the availability of data, analytical techniques, and management solutions that can help resolve some of the most pressing challenges in this region," say Ford and Hebblewhite. 

The letter in its entirety may be read below.