Area Closures: Pyramid and Maligne Priority Wildlife Corridors
As of October 15, 2012, under terms set out in the 2009 Three Valley Confluence Trail Plan and the 2010 JNP Management Plan, the Pyramid and Maligne priority wildlife movement corridors will be closed to all human use (for location specifics, see attached map).
From 2006-2009, through the Jasper Trails Project public participation process, Parks Canada asked trail users for input into designing their ideal trail network and setting aside space for wildlife. Feedback on recreational use was combined with ecological considerations, specifically regarding key wildlife corridors and sensitive habitats. The result was the Three Valley Confluence (TVC) Trail Plan, supported by both the park and trail community.
The Three Valley Confluence Trail Plan sets the direction for future trail work in the valley. The Plan has seen a number of implementation successes over the past four years, with the majority of these focusing on recreational gains. Today, the TVC area of Jasper National Park provides over 280 km of multi-use trail. This is the most extensive, multi-use system in the Canadian National Parks. Recent recreational gains include an 18 km easy trail system that connects trail users to popular day-use areas and campgrounds; numerous trail upgrades; the adoption of over 40 km of unofficial trails; new trailhead kiosks and information panels; and updated trail guides highlighting the new trail offer. Hikers, bikers and horse users can take in an easy outing to access stunning views, or challenge themselves to trails with technical terrain features and steep elevation gains.
This next stage of implementation will focus on the ecological gains of the plan by:
- removing human use from two sensitive wildlife corridors (Pyramid and Maligne);
- removing human use from rare habitats (meadow and aspen);
- improving overall habitat security for wildlife;
- setting limits to growth for the trail network; and
- concentrating human use in areas of lesser ecological value.
- Once closed, these areas will undergo active restoration and will be enforced through a legally binding Superintendent’s Order.
- The Pyramid Fire Road will remain open for all trail users.
- The Maligne Range, road and pastures will not be affected by the closure.
For further information
Marcia DeWandel 780-852-6160, Marcia.Dewandel@pc.gc.ca
Landon Shepherd 780-883-0473, Landon.Shepherd@pc.gc.ca