About

 

The Trans Mountain Legacy Fund was first proposed in 2004 when Terasen Pipelines began its consultation activities with environmental groups and regulators on the Anchor Loop Pipeline Project. During the project Kinder Morgan Canada (KMC) purchased Terasen Pipelines, continued negotiations and honoured the commitment that was negotiated.   The Anchor Loop twinned the existing Trans Mountain pipeline through Jasper National Park and Mount Robson Provincial Park (completed in 2008).

 

To recognize this construction was occurring in unique and protected areas, environmental organizations requested that funds be set aside and used on projects that would improve the ecological integrity of Mount Robson Provincial Park and Jasper National Park. These  ‘ecological integrity’ or ‘net benefit’ projects were intended to be over and above mitigation and special measures needed for regulatory approval, and intended to more than compensate for the residual environmental impact of the Anchor Loop project, after the best possible mitigations and special measures where implemented.

 

In 2007, Dr. Tony Clevenger of the Western Transportation Institute was retained as an independent contractor to identify and recommend projects to be funded. Projects were required to be:

 

  • Consistent with park mandates;
  • Ecological in nature;
  • Outside the normal course of park business;
  • Feasible to implement; and
  • Ideally, of benefit to both parks.

 

Once Dr. Clevenger’s report [1] was completed, a steering committee was formed to narrow the list of projects from the report, and develop an implementation plan.

The Steering Committee narrowed the list of projects to three areas warranting further investigation:

  1. Non-native, invasive plant species.
  2. Carnivore movement across transportation corridors, and
  3. Aquatic connectivity.

 

 

 

 

After reviewing the data and information available, the TMLF Steering Committee concluded that while there was no pressing need for additional information on the status of invasive plant species, further investigation into aquatic connectivity and carnivore movement across transportation corridors was warranted. In 2010, requests for proposals were issued for projects on these topics, and Western Transportation Institute and Triton Environmental Consultants Ltd. were retained to conduct wildlife and aquatic studies, respectively.

 

The Steering Committee’s goal is for on-the-ground ecological integrity projects to be in place by the end of 2014.

 

 

Trans Mountain Legacy Fund Steering Committee

 

Anna McIndoe

Conservation Specialist, BC Parks, Northern Region, British Columbia

Sal Rasheed 

Resource Conservation Manager, Jasper National Park, Parks Canada

David Poulton

Former Executive Director – Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (Southern  Alberta Chapter)

Roy Howard 

President, Fraser Headwaters Alliance

Lexa Hobenshield

Manager, External Relations, Kinder Morgan Canada

 

 

 

[1] Clevenger, A., Wilson, N. and A. Ford. 2009. Project Recommendations for the Kinder Morgan Canada Trans Mountain Legacy Fund. Western Transportation Institute, University of Montana.  55pp.