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Canmore conservationists applaud long-awaited corridor decision

Today Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Y2Y) congratulates the Alberta government on their decision to reject the Smith Creek wildlife corridor proposal put forward by Three Sisters Mountain Village and Quantum Place Developments.

MEDIA RELEASE | June 26, 2018 

Today Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Y2Y) congratulates the Alberta government on their decision to reject the Smith Creek wildlife corridor proposal put forward by Three Sisters Mountain Village and Quantum Place Developments.  

“This is a decision that is important on the continental scale,” says Dr. Jodi Hilty, president and chief scientist for Y2Y. “The Bow Valley is a critical link in the chain of mountains that stretch from Yellowstone National Park to Yukon in the north. This region has been at the heart of the international effort to keep wildlife connected over the last 25 years and this decision helps maintain that important link.”  

“We’re happy to see the Alberta government base this decision on the best available science,” says Stephen Legault, Y2Y program director. “This is good long-term thinking on the part of the government. We’re also grateful to all the passionate people who wrote letters, came to community conversations and open houses, and shared their informed opinions and their love for this important place.”  

With AEP rejecting the Smith Creek corridor proposal and Canmore Council rejecting the Resort Centre area structure plan amendment at first reading last spring, Y2Y says it’s time for residents of the Bow Valley to work together to ensure the long term vision for the area focuses on its importance as a wildlife movement corridor.  

“Canmore and Alberta are making good decisions that help ensure the challenging conditions for wildlife in this region don’t get worse. Now we must look to the future to decide how we can make things better,” says Legault.    

“We look forward to working with Three Sisters Mountain Village to ensure future proposals protect this internationally significant wildlife movement corridor. We also are glad to have the opportunity to work with federal and provincial governments to protect wildlife habitat and invest in green infrastructure like highway overpasses that increase conservation in the Bow Valley,” says Hilty.   

Read the decision here.

For further comment please contact:  

Stephen Legault, Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative program director for Alberta, Crown and Northwest Territories, stephen@y2y.net, 403-688-2964  

Jodi Hilty, Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative president and chief scientist, jodi@y2y.net, 403-678-1137