The Flathead River Valley, nestled in the Southern Rockies of British Columbia and crossing into Montana, is one of the most biologically important places on the planet. Together with the neighbouring Elk Valley and surrounding landscapes, the Flathead supports an incredible diversity of plants and animals. The region, located within the traditional territory of the Ktunaxa people, is a critical corridor in the Yellowstone to Yukon region, key for wildlife movement between world-renowned protected areas like Banff National Park in Canada, and the Waterton Glacier International Peace Park.
Current threats to the region include:
- Mountaintop removal coal mining
- Unsustainable forest practices
- Residential sprawl in critical wildlife corridors
- Increased motorized access
- Recreational development
- Highways and railways
- Rock quarrying
These threats have serious cumulative impacts on water quality and wildlife habitat, and are putting this important wildlife corridor and its globally significant ecological values at risk.
With your help, Flathead Wild is working to protect core areas to support healthy wildlife populations, and to connect critical corridors that allow free movement of wildlife from one area to another.
Header photo by Garth Lenz