DEFINING A SPECIAL MANAGEMENT AREA FOR THE SOUTH SASKATCHEWAN PLANNING REGIONCategory: 2016, Completed, Grant, Land Use
Maintaining wildlife movement ability between habitats is an increasingly urgent challenge given expanding urban and industrial development, and the impacts of climate change. Wildlife need to roam to find food, security and mates and to respond to seasonal and long-term changes in the environment — climate change, for example, makes additional east-west and elevational gradient movement necessary. Alberta has created a unique opportunity to preserve migration ability.
The South Saskatchewan Regional Plan (SSRP) established a new Pekisko Heritage Rangeland (Pekisko) southwest of Longview — where forested foothills interspersed with rolling grasslands are prime habitat for many Rocky Mountain species, including grizzly bears, lynx and golden eagles. The SSRP proposes a new Special Management Area (SMA), linking Pekisko to Don Getty Provincial Park (Don Getty). With the support of Alberta Ecotrust, Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Y2Y) aims to ensure the SMA is implemented and is a sound model for future wildlife movement corridors.