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Prescribed fire temporarily closes highway

The smoky aftermath of a prescribed fire near the Jasper airfield on May 4. | P.Shokeir photo Peter Shokeir | editor@fitzhugh.ca Smoke from the prescribed fire reduced visibility and closed a section of Highway 16 for several hours north of Jasper on May 3. The highway was temporarily closed in both directions at about 1:15 p.m. with the road opening to single-lane alternating escorted traffic as conditions ...

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Parks Canada hosting annual public forum

Pyramid Island in Jasper National Park. | Parks Canada/Sanne van der Ros photo Peter Shokeir | editor@fitzhugh.ca Parks Canada will be hosting a virtual annual public forum for Jasper National Park on April 27 to provide highlights of the past year and coming priorities. The forum will include presentations, a question-and-answer session and the chance to connect with Parks Canada staff. Jasper Field Unit S ...

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Historic roots to be planted on Snape’s Hill

Danny Frechette stands atop Snape’s Hill looking over where his project will soon establish roots. | J.Stockfish photo Jason Stockfish | advertising@fitzhugh.ca Jasper resident Danny Frechette has spearheaded a project to create a self-sustaining place of contemplation and historical interpretation located at Snape’s Hill. The project will come in a few phases, the first of which is the deep-rooted foundati ...

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Alberta building first wildlife overpass outside of a national park

Artist's rendering of new wildlife overpass on Trans-Canada Highway. | Supplied image Peter Shokeir | editor@fitzhugh.ca The Alberta government is building a wildlife overpass crossing the Trans-Canada Highway in the Bow Valley area to reduce the risk of wildlife-vehicle collisions. The wildlife crossing will be located east of Canmore near Lac Des Arcs and is the first wildlife overpass to be built outside ...

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Consultations starting soon for caribou captive breeding

Parks Canada will begin consultations for the proposed caribou captive breeding initiative in the spring and summer of 2022. | M.Bradley/Parks Canada photo Peter Shokeir | editor@fitzhugh.ca  Residents will soon have the chance to offer feedback on a captive breeding project to recover the dwindling caribou herds in Jasper National Park. Parks Canada will begin consultations in the spring and summer of ...

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Four prescribed fires planned for 2022

Parks Canada has plans for four prescribed fires in Jasper National Park in 2022. | Parks Canada photo Peter Shokeir | editor@fitzhugh.ca Parks Canada has plans for four prescribed fires in Jasper National Park in 2022, with the first one potentially beginning immediately. The Douglas-fir Hillsides prescribed fire would involve burning one of seven sub-units in Pyramid Bench and could begin as early as Marc ...

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Public reminded to view wildlife safely

Mountain sheep north of Jasper along Highway 93 on Feb. 5. | P.Shokeir photo Joanne McQuarrie, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter | reporter@fitzhugh.ca Seeing wildlife in Jasper National Park can be a thrilling experience, but stopping on a roadway to get a closer look can be hazardous. Const. Chris McSavage with the Jasper RCMP detachment noted in an email that stopping on roadways was a “big safety con ...

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Parks Canada preparing for wildfire season

Parks Canada extended its wildfire risk reduction work to the Keith Lakes area about seven kilometres east of Jasper on March 2. | J.McQuarrie photo Joanne McQuarrie, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter | reporter@fitzhugh.ca Parks Canada has begun preparing for another wildfire season in Jasper through risk reduction work and reminders to the public about fire safety. Wildfire season runs in Alberta from ...

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Logging paused in A La Peche caribou range, conservation groups call for long-term protection

Threatened mountain caribou from the À La Pêche herd near Grande Cache, Alta. | AWA/J.E. Marriott photo Joanne McQuarrie, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter | reporter@fitzhugh.ca West Fraser Hinton paused its controversial clearcut logging plan in critical habitat of the threatened A La Peche caribou in west-central Alberta, following the province’s creation of a temporary “No Harvest Zone” until it fini ...

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Fire hazards being reduced on Pyramid Bench

Crews started removing dead trees affected by mountain pine beetle between Cottonwood Creek and the northeast side of the Pyramid Lake Road on Feb. 15. | Parks Canada photo Joanne McQuarrie, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter | reporter@fitzhugh.ca Crews started removing dead trees affected by mountain pine beetle on Feb. 15 in the forested area between Cottonwood Creek and the northeast side of Pyramid L ...

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