Canadian Pacific has donated $500,000 to the Jim Prentice Wildlife Corridor in Alberta’s Crowsnest Pass, officials said Wednesday.
The Nature Conservancy of Canada said it has acquired more than 80 per cent of the required lands within the corridor area between Crowsnest Lake and Coleman.
The corridor will create a protected network of space across Highway 3, in an area that naturally funnels wildlife — including elk, moose, deer, wolves and bears — north and south through the Rockies.
“They use this piece of property as that connection point.”
This year, the organization will use cameras to track and research wildlife in the zone, to understand which species are moving through the area.
“These additional cameras that we plan to set up are helping us refine our knowledge around what species are using the corridor, where they’re using the corridor and when they’re using the corridor,” Demulder said.
“All that information will then become helpful in where we actually ultimately place overpasses and crossings.”
CP is helping fund the research project and future land acquisitions, which will hopefully be completed within the next six to nine months.
Plans for the corridor were first unveiled in October 2018.
It is named after Prentice, who the conservancy said was an “active supporter of conservation” in his public service roles.
“This was something that the former premier would have loved because he was actually instrumental in the past and doing this kind of support work when he was the federal environment minister, as well as he was very supportive of this when he was the premier,” Demulder said.