Highway realignment will steer clear of Strathgartney Park, PEI

HALIFAX – The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) welcomes the decision by the Prince Edward Island government to save Strathgartney Provincial Park.

Yesterday, the province announced that it was responding to public criticism by changing the route of the Trans-Canada Highway realignment near Churchill so that it will avoid the provincial park.

“The Prince Edward Island government has listened to the many voices expressing concern about the highway project”, says Chris Miller, National Conservation Biologist for CPAWS. “With so little land protected on the island, it’s imperative that the few protected areas that are in place are safe-guarded from development and habitat fragmentation”.

A recent study by Global Forest Watch Canada shows that only 2.6% of the provincial landmass is legally-protected from development.  This is the lowest percentage of any province in Canada.

“We applaud the government’s decision to rethink the highway alignment and to find a solution that works”, adds Miller.

CPAWS is a national conservation organization, with over 50,000 supporters from across Canada, working to protect Canada’s natural areas.  We were pleased to work in collaboration with the Island Nature Trust.

Chris Miller, Ph.D.
National Conservation Biologist
Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society