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Jim Prentice Wildlife Corridor will connect landscape across the Crowsnest Pass

The western portion of wildlife corridor. PHOTO BY BRENT CALVER

The Nature Conservancy of Canada, along with the Government of Alberta and the Prentice family last month announced a campaign to protect a critical wildlife corridor in southwest Alberta.
The corridor is to be named in honour of the late Alberta Premier, Jim Prentice.
“We, the Prentice family, are pleased that the Nature Conservancy of Canada is honouring Jim in this special way,” said Karen Prentice, wife of the late Jim Prentice. “It is a fitting tribute to his connection to the Crowsnest Pass and passion for nature. The creation of the corridor in Jim’s name will be a meaningful legacy for Canada that I hope his friends and colleagues will help support this project.”
The Jim Prentice Wildlife Corridor is between Crowsnest Lake and the town of Coleman.
The corridor is roughly five kilometres wide, from east to west.
It will connect Crown forest reserve lands in the north to the Castle parks network consisting of Castle Provincial Park and Castle Wildland Provincial Park, as well as to Waterton Lakes National Park and Glacier National Park to the south.
“Mr. Prentice loved his province,” Premier Rachel Notley said. “In the true spirit and commitment of public service, he worked tirelessly to protect it for the people of this province.”
“All Albertans will benefit from this beautiful natural space, forever protected in his name.”
The Crowsnest Pass naturally funnels wildlife movement north and south through the Rocky Mountains and across Highway 3.
The Nature Conservancy of Canada has been active in the western portion of the Crowsnest Pass for more than a decade, investing more than $10-million to acquire and conserve lands on either side of the highway.
The Nature Conservancy of Canada is raising an additional $5-million through public donations and support to secure and conserve the remaining private lands in the corridor.
The completion of this project will also set the stage for future wildlife crossing options, such as overpasses and fencing that will guide animals away from traffic and allow them to safely cross Highway 3.
The Nature Conservancy of Canada is also celebrating the securement of a 137-acre (55 hectare) property and the government of Alberta’s commitment to ensure that seven sections of Crown Lands in the corridor will remain undeveloped, which will contribute to the larger conservation landscape.
The government also provided $1-million to the Nature Conservancy of Canada to help leverage further fund-raising for the campaign.
Donations can be made at www.

View of wildlife corridor looking north to south.

The western portion of wildlife corridor.