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Last chance to offer input on caribou recovery proposal

A sketch of the proposed caribou conservation breeding facility. Parks Canada is accepting feedback until Friday, Sept. 2. | Supplied photo Scott Hayes, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter | reporter@fitzhugh.ca There is still time to provide your feedback toward Parks Canada’s caribou conservation proposal, but you have to act fast. The deadline is Friday, Sept. 2. Jean-François Bisaillon, project manager ...

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Glyphosate spraying on local forests met with concern

West Fraser Mills will be spraying a glyphosate-based herbicide called VisionMAX on approximately 4,500 hectares of regenerated stands between Aug. 10 and Sept. 15. | S.Hayes photo Scott Hayes, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter | reporter@fitzhugh.ca Various environment-minded organizations raised their concerns to the Fitzhugh in light of West Fraser Mills’ plans to spray a glyphosate-based herbicide ca ...

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Wildlife Guardians keep cool and communicative during busy wildlife season

Wildlife Guardian Philippa Gunn (foreground in fluorescent vest) offers friendly conversation and instruction to onlookers during a bear’s recent incursion into a residential neighbourhood on Aug. 19. Her counterpart Erica Gagnon stayed in the van (background) waiting for the creature to amble down the tree trunk. | S.Hayes photo Scott Hayes, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter | reporter@fitzhugh.ca Perha ...

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Fruit trees to be removed in Cabin Creek area

The municipality will be removing fruit trees from municipal lands in the Cabin Creek area at the request of Parks Canada due to unsafe situations for bears and humans alike. | J. Stockfish photo Jason Stockfish | advertising@fitzhugh.ca A last-minute addition was made to council’s committee of the whole’s agenda on Aug. 23 regarding the removal of fruit trees on municipal lands. The matter was before counc ...

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Berry season means bears in town

Of all the years that lifelong Jasper resident Marv Garford has lived on Connaught Drive, this was the first bear that he has had enjoying the fruits of his May tree. That was on the morning of Aug. 17. That afternoon, a mama bear and two cubs were also up the same tree. | S.Hayes photo Scott Hayes, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter | reporter@fitzhugh.ca Parks Canada is reminding the public to pick thei ...

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Training your camera on freshwater stewardship

Getting a great photo of wildlife in your own backyard isn’t always easy, especially when it’s a family of loons and you’re really excited to see them and can’t work your camera properly. | S.Hayes photo Scott Hayes, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter | reporter@fitzhugh.ca We’ve all been there. A majestic bird suddenly appears in your yard, and just as you’re fumbling with your camera to get the perfect ...

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Trans Mountain preps for hydrostatic test of pipeline

The red line shows the section of trails that will be closed for the upcoming hydrostatic test of the reactivated Trans Mountain pipeline (yellow line). The dog park (yellow dot) will also face temporary closures during the three days of testing. | Supplied photo Scott Hayes, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter | reporter@fitzhugh.ca UPDATE: Trans Mountain has announced that it has delayed its planned hydr ...

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Trees continue rebound from mountain pine beetle

The prescribed burn in the Pyramid Lake Road earlier this year is already showing signs of regrowth. Parks Canada uses burns and other tools in its fire management strategy. | S.Hayes photo Scott Hayes, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter | reporter@fitzhugh.ca While large swaths of reddened and dead evergreens still remain, the culprit has called off its charge across Jasper National Park. The mountain pi ...

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Wining and dining on the shores of Beauvert

Looking like a star, Joost Tijssen (left) is presented with a glass of bubbly by an equally dapper host as he enters the Bubbles on Beauvert event at Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge on Aug. 13. | J.Stockfish photo Jason Stockfish | advertising@fitzhugh.ca With all the glitz and glamour of Hollywood in the air, Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge (JPL) hosted its second Bubbles on Beauvert event of the year on Aug. 13. Ta ...

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‘Backyard gem’: Beaver Boardwalk primed for overdue polishing in Hinton

A sign of what could soon be a thing of the past. Plans and hopes are in motion to acquire funding to bring the Beaver Boardwalk back to its former glory. | S.Hayes photo Scott Hayes, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter | reporter@fitzhugh.ca Hinton might well be on the path to putting the Beaver Boardwalk’s maintenance woes to bed.  On the heels of the Hinton Parks crew’s recent work to construct a new 34 ...

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