REDUCING WILDLIFE COLLISIONS ON HIGHWAY 3Category: 2013, Completed, Grant, Land Use, Major Project
Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative
Highway 3 through Crowsnest Pass is a rapidly-developing urban corridor through a relatively intact ecosystem. This busy highway (up to 9,000 vehicles/day) keeps people and goods moving between Alberta and BC. It also is the primary means of access for visitors. Crowsnest Pass is undergoing an economic transformation as it draws new residents attracted to the area’s natural amenities.
Southwest Alberta is also valuable habitat for a diversity of wildlife. Annually, over 150 collisions with large animals occur along Highway 3, making it unsafe for both wildlife and motorists. This carnage is evidence of a serious double-barrelled threat – animals either won’t cross, creating a rift between populations, or they risk crossing and are possibly killed or injured. Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Y2Y), Miistakis Institute, Western Transportation Institute and local partners are working to alleviate this challenge.
In 2010, Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative published a report identifying solutions for reducing WVCs at 9 Alberta locations along Highway 3. Two sites (Rock Creek near Lundbreck and Crowsnest Lakes near the BC border) emerged as priorities for action. This project’s long-term goal is to ensure implementation of the recommended modifications at these two sites, as a precedent for future improvements at the other seven.