B.C.’s Flathead River Valley is a window to our past. Tucked into B.C.’s southeast corner, the Flathead is a modern-day Noah’s Ark for many species whose habitat has vanished due to human activity.
National Geographic magazine calls this area “one of the most diverse and ecologically intact natural ecosystems in the temperate zones of the world.” Never settled, the Flathead River Valley teems with many species that are threatened elsewhere, including grizzlies, lynx, fishers, wolverines and gray wolves.
The Flathead, with the greatest diversity of plants in all of Canada, is compared to Africa’s Serengeti for its richness of plant species—more than 1,000 wildflower species alone. Water in the Flathead River is so pure that scientists use it as a benchmark by which to measure water quality in rivers around the world.
What You Can Do
The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, Sierra Club BC, Wildsight and Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative are campaigning to protect the southeastern third of the Flathead River Valley as a National Park. We want to establish a Wildlife Management Area in the rest of the valley and adjoining habitat. Every voice counts!