Canada and the U.S. created Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park in 1932. However, British Columbia has yet to protect the Flathead River Valley - the “Missing Piece” of the peace park (see map at right). Today, mountaintop removal coal mining, forest clear-cutting, rock quarrying, and highways and train corridors in the Elk Valley threaten to forever sever the wildlife corridor between Canada and the U.S.
The Flathead Wild campaign will lead to doubling the size of the Canadian portion of the Peace Park by adding the southeastern one-third of the Flathead River Valley. It will also create a Wildlife Management Area that protects and connects the wildlife corridor between Banff, Alberta, and Whitefish, Montana, along the spine of the Rocky Mountains.
The Flathead River flows freely through southern Canada’s last unsettled valley. With exceptional water quality, the Flathead remains unmatched in North America for the variety, completeness and density of carnivore species. It is home to the densest inland population of grizzly bears. It is as rich in plant species as the Okavango Delta or the Serengeti Plain of Africa. The Flathead River Valley provides the key link for animals moving north and south through the Rocky Mountains from Montana to Canada’s Rocky Mountain parks like Banff and Jasper.
With your help, Flathead Wild is working to complete the world's first International Peace Park with a national park in the southeastern one-third of the Flathead River Valley and a Wildlife Management Area in the rest of the valley and adjoining habitat. Please demonstrate your support and sign the petition today.