Y2Y Supporter: Volker Stevin
Someone has to sweep away the glass and pick up the bodies (deer, mostly, but also bighorn sheep, elk, moose, bears, mountain lions, and other animals killed in wildlife-vehicle collisions).
In Southern Alberta, that “someone” works for Volker Stevin Highways, which contracts with the province to maintain 5,000 mi. (8,000 km) of roads. In 2012, Volker Stevin employees picked up 3,400 carcasses.
“You can’t do that job and not be impacted by some of the things you find,” says Volker Stevin’s Vice President Fred Desjarlais.
In the mid-2000s, Volker Stevin was asked to help gather information on where animals were crossing Highway 3, a main east-west route that extends from Alberta into B.C. Employees eagerly responded to the task and grew very interested in the issue of wildlife-vehicle collisions.
As a result, Volker Stevin became an important ally in the efforts of Y2Y, the Miistakis Institute, Western Transportation Institute and local groups to improve safety for people and wildlife on Highway 3.
While Y2Y and its partners have been advocating for modifications to reduce vehicle-wildlife collisions at several locations along Highway 3, Volker Stevin offered to contribute materials and labor to help reduce the costs of these mitigations.
“In a project like this,” Desjarlais said, “you have to use all the resources available.” Together we can maintain the momentum.