Target: Don Iveson, Mayor of Edmonton, Canada
Goal: Support city for implementing a wildlife passage program that helps wild animals move safely through natural areas within city limits.
Wildlife in an urban area finally have a chance for survival by a progressive program that aims to create wildlife corridors and bridges within the city. Development and infrastructure destroy and fragment wildlife habitat. Through the creation of these wildlife bridges, the city will be safer for wild animals and local residents. Thank the mayor of this city for creating and implementing such a remarkable plan to protect our wild creatures.
The city of Edmonton, Canada created a wildlife passage program back in 2007. The program is now finally taking effect with the newest addition of a 100-foot bridge built for wild animals such as moose, deer, coyotes, rabbits, frogs and other animal species in the area. This is the first of 14 other wildlife passage projects that the city of Edmonton will develop. The other projects vary in size but all the projects aim to safely connect the natural areas within the city. Part of the projects’ focus is on planting native plants and trees around the passages to attract animals to use the bridges and underpasses.
Located in the Canadian province of Alberta, Edmonton has seen an increase in traffic and wildlife collisions just within the past decade. These collisions are dangerous for both animals and drivers. The growth of this province is to blame. However, Edmonton’s project to implement wildlife passages is the perfect example of harmony between development and natural habitat. Ecologists, engineers, and city planners worked together to find a fix to improve the city and decrease animal and car collisions by nearly 51 percent.
By signing this petition, you are thanking the Mayor of Edmonton, Don Iveson, for implementing this incredible wildlife passage program that prevents deadly vehicle accidents and saves precious wildlife.
Dear Mayor Iveson,
Canada is rich in wildlife and every single creature should be coveted. Through Edmonton’s wildlife passage program, you have implemented a progressive plan that will save wildlife and residents. The province of Alberta has grown and this creates a problem for wildlife as development and infrastructure fragment wildlife habitat. These wildlife bridges and underpasses will reduce vehicle and wildlife collisions as well as create a more ecologically-friendly city.
I want to thank you for protecting Canada’s wild. I hope other cities follow in your footsteps by connecting urban natural areas for the sake of wildlife. I applaud you and hope you continue to cherish the wildlife in Edmonton.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Kurt Bauschardt