Kootenay National Park improvements
On behalf of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, Dr. Colin Carrie, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of the Environment and Member of Parliament for Oshawa, accompanied by David Wilks, Member of Parliament for Kootenay–Columbia, recently announced investments in Kootenay National Park designed to increase motorist safety and wildlife conservation.
“Our Government is proud to be making significant investments in Parks Canada sites across the country. Investments like these in Kootenay and Yoho national parks will result in tangible actions to support the Government’s National Conservation Plan while also creating jobs, promoting tourism and supporting communities in the region,” said David Wilks, Member of Parliament for Kootenay–Columbia.
Dr. Carrie announced an initiative under the Parks Canada Agency’s Conservation and Restoration program for the second phase of Kootenay National Park’s highway fencing and wildlife crossings program to reduce wildlife-vehicle collisions, improve motorist safety and keep habitat connected across Highway 93 South.
This $9.6 million in investment will support construction of at least four wildlife crossings and approximately 6.5 km of further fencing along this busy highway. Funds earmarked for this project are part of a multiyear, Agency-wide investment to achieve tangible conservation outcomes while connecting Canadians to nature.
The National Conservation Plan (NCP), launched by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, provides a shared and coherent vision to advance conservation efforts across the country. The investments being announced today directly contribute to the NCP by taking concrete action in the three priority areas to conserve Canada’s lands and waters, restore ecological integrity and connect Canadians with nature.