The Bow Valley’s Town of Canmore is located in the middle of one of the most important regional wildlife corridors in the province. Wildlife uses this low elevation valley to move between two protected habitats: Kananaskis Country and Banff National Park.
With close to 20,000 permanent and part-time residents as well as two highways and a railroad, Canmore is constantly challenged to protect the ability of wildlife to move through a landscape that has a high degree of human presence. Learn more about the history of wildlife corridors in Canmore.
CPAWS and other conservation organizations are working to ensure Council will make the best decision to support a healthy coexistence between people and the valley’s wildlife. Based on the best science available we are asking Council to ensure the wildlife corridor will be:
• a minimum of 600 meters wide,
• located on slopes of less than a 25 degree incline
• connected to other existing corridors
• managed to exclude human structures and activities
Together these four elements will keep corridors from funneling animals into neighborhoods, while also safeguarding the safety of both animals and Canmore residents and visitors.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
It is important that residents of the Bow Valley make thier voices heard on this issue. The Town of Canmore will be seeking public input in the near future.
Together with other environmental groups in the Bow Valley, CPAWS SAB is co-hosting a public information session on Wednesday, March 20th, 2013 in Canmore.
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