A wildlife corridor is an area of habitat, generally native vegetation, connecting wildlife populations separated by human activities or infrastructure. Corridors are critical for the maintenance of ecological processes (i.e. allowing for the movement of animals and the continuation of viable populations).
Wildlife corridors are considered functional if:
Wildlife Corridors fall within the Province of Alberta’s sole jurisdiction whereas development, generally falls within the jurisdiction of the Town of Canmore. The Province as the authority to evaluate and approve corridors within TSMV has outlined an application process. This dictates the process through which the Smith Creek Along Valley and the optional realignment of the Stewart Creek Across Valley corridor will be evaluated.
The Smith Creek corridor proposal included input from a community advisory group, the Province of Alberta, Canmore stakeholders, and several experienced biologists and other specialists, while taking into account physical or topological constraints and the requirements of the 1992 NRCB decision. Specifically:
The final width, length and position of the corridor was determined by TSMV, with consideration to public feedback and in consultation with Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP), the Town of Canmore, and other specialists and biologists.
Approval of the Smith Creek wildlife corridor would satisfy TSMV’s obligations with respect to wildlife corridors under the 1992 NRCB decision.
Please note that in addition to the wildlife corridor report, both the Resort Centre and Smith Creek have had Environmental Impact Statements (EIS) completed. The Environmental Impact Statements for both areas will be released in tandem with the 3rd Party Review of the Environmental Impact Statement. The Resort Centre Third-Party Review has been released alongside an Addendum of the EIS to respond to the Third-Party Review.